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21st Annual Old Bags Luncheon®

January 22 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm




Old Bags Luncheon® is celebrating its 21st year and continues to be the Center’s largest fundraiser. The luncheon is famous in Palm Beach because of its originality, elegance, and annual sell-out crowd. Our event chairs and committee of 50+  women work tirelessly for months to sell tickets, gain sponsorships, and inspire their friends and favorite vendors to donate 275 authentic, new or gently-used handbags for our silent auction. The Breakers Palm Beach puts on a beautiful luncheon and guests enjoy views of the ocean as the event’s celebrity keynote speaker takes the podium. Past speakers include Linda Thompson, Suzanne Somers, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Carson Kressley, Debbie Reynolds, Darrell Hammond, Andy Cohen, Joan Collins, Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, and George Hamilton.

Committee Chair: Gail Worth
Honorary Chairs: Arlette Gordon & Lois Pope
Junior Chairs: Marissa Murphy & Camille Murphy Kubicek
Auction Chair: Michelle Gluckow


When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Where: The Breakers, Palm Beach

Ticket Price: $450

For tickets contact Kristen Bardin at 561-616-1257 or kbardin@


Reception & Silent Auction: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Guests enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine while shopping the silent auction tables displayed with designer bags, including donations by designers such as Chanel, Akris, Timmy Woods, and Daniella Ortiz. More than 300 bags are auctioned, plus a few exceptional other donations. Two items are raffled (typically a shoe shopping spree and a piece of jewelry).

Luncheon with Celebrity Speaker: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

A beautiful lunch is served in one of The Breakers’ oceanfront ballroom. The celebrity speaker gives their presentation and the raffle winners are chosen.

VIP Meet & Greet with Celebrity: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Guests who have VIP tickets join the celebrity speaker for a Meet & Greet, including photo opportunity with the celebrity.


Key’tote’ Speaker Michael Tonello
For more than twenty years, the Hermés Birkin bag has been the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth. With a fabled waiting list of more than two years to purchase one, the average fashionista has a better chance of climbing Mount Everest in Prada pumps than possessing this coveted carryall. Unless, of course, she happens to know Michael Tonello…With down-to-earth wit, Michael Tonello chronicles the unusual ventures that took him to nearly every continent—and from eBay to Paris Auction houses and into the lives of celebrities and poseurs alike—on the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur and Robin Hood to thousands of desperate rich women.

Raffle winner brings home a beautiful Hermés Birkin Handbag sponsored by Heritage Auctions!


Celebrity Speaker Ali Wentworth
Mix 1 oz. Chelsea Handler, 1.5 oz. Nora Ephron, finish with a twist of Tina Fey, and you get the acclaimed actress and comedian Ali Wentworth. Ali made a name for herself as a regular on three seasons of In Living Color and has appeared on such television shows as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Seinfeld, Head Case, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, for which she was a correspondent. Her film credits include Jerry Maguire, The Real Blonde, Trial and Error, Office Space and It’s Complicated with Meryl Streep. She created, wrote and starred in “Nightcap”, a half hour comedy on the Pop network.

Ali is a three time New York Times bestselling author. Whether spilling secrets about her quintessentially WASPy upbringing (and her delicious rebellion against it), reminiscing about her role as Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend, ‘Schmoopie’, in the series’ classic “Soup Nazi” episode, or baring the details of starting a family alongside husband and ABC News Chief Anchor, George Stephanopoulos, one thing is for sure—Ali has the unsurpassable humor and warmth of a born storyteller with a story to tell: the quirky, flavorful, surprising, and sometimes scandalous life of Ali Wentworth.



One of a Kind 18k yellow gold, Free-form Mexican Opal and Diamond Earrings by Katy Briscoe sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue. (Opal 8.20 cts.; Diamonds 0.77 cts.)

Value: $16,000

Never carried Hermes 35cm rose bois de rose Birkin in togo leather with palladian plated hardware sponsored by Heritage Auctions.

Value: $15,000

Raffle tickets $100 each or 3 for $250

Drawing will be January 22, 2020 at the Old Bags Luncheon, you do not need to be present to win.


Guests are predominantly affluent women from central Palm Beach County. Annually the event sells out at 550 attendees before the invitations are even mailed.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, event chairs, committee members, staff and especially the children and families we serve, we invite you to join us for this year’s Old Bags Luncheon®! It is because of your participation and generosity that we are able to carry out our mission to strengthen individuals and families through behavioral health services and education.



Past event sponsors include Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Tourneau, and Tiffany & Co. Would you like your name in the spotlight of this prestigious event? Could your company benefit from exposure to our elite guest list? Consider partnering with us as an event sponsor.

  • Become an event sponsor or make a cash donation
  • Donate a new or gently-used authentic designer handbag
  • Encourage retailers, friends and family to donate a handbag
  • Attend and bring your friends to this year’s Old Bags Luncheon®

“It has been a privilege for Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach to support the Center for Family Services and the Old Bags Luncheon over the years. We salute this signature fundraising event and the aid that it provides to the Center for those in search of affordable mental health counseling and education. We are proud to join hands with Old Bags again as a Platinum Sponsor this year.”  Jeff Gehrlich, General Manager Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach

“I have wholeheartedly believed in what the Center for Family Services provides for our community. Whether it be through professional mental health care and educational programs …or through their amazing ‘Positive Parenting Program!’ this organization makes a difference in the world for the better. Improving the quality of life one individual at a time, improves the quality of life one family at a time…and thus one community at a time. Stephanie Kantis




Tammy & Charlie Pompea


Norka & Robert Aron | Frances Fisher | Frances Valentine
Heritage Auctions | Lois Pope | Saks Fifth Avenue & Katy Briscoe
Tanne Charitable Trust


Addison Development, Karen & Dan Swanson | ADEAM
Betteridge Jewelers | Classic Collections of Palm Beach
Daniella Ortiz Boutique | Fred Astaire Dance Studio Jupiter
Robin Ganzert | Neiman Marcus | Brent & Laura Nicklas
Gail Worth & Frank Orenstein | Pioneer Linens | Renee & Donald Scott
The International Society of Palm Beach, Hermé de Wyman Miro
The Laphen Family Charitable Fund | Tiffany & Co. | Michael Tonello


Amanda Lindroth Design | Katharine & William Becker | William Bucknall | Cashmere Beach
Coastal Girls | Emilio Pucci | Eye of the Needle | Suzi Goldsmith | Arlette Gordon
Hive Home, Gift & Garden | J’da | Jimmy Choo | Kiton
Lilly Pulitzer | Mildred Hoit | Reverend Dr. Barbara Nielsen | Amy & Martin Post Fund
Ralph Lauren | Sally Soter | Serenella | Shari’s Place | Stephanie Kantis
The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills | Theory | Tory Burch | Tourneau | Liz & Tim Williams


Palm Beach Illustrated


ABLE Printing | The Breakers – Salvatore Racicot | Capehart | Chez Jean Pierre
Cyan Shores Screen Printing | Daniel Events – Benny Ofer | Five Star Transportation
The Royal Poinciana Plaza – Brittany Mundarain | RSVP Global
Scott Velozo | Special Event Resource – Cameron Keating
Via Bice – Maribel Alvarez | Winters Charity Auctions


Date: January 22
Time: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Event CategoryGeneral


Venue Name: The Breakers
Address: 1 S County Rd
Palm Beach, 33480 United States

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Organizer Name: Center for Family Services
Phone: 561-616-1222
Website: www.ctrfam.org