The Eleganza Luncheon & Fashion Show featured a stunning fall collection from luxury fashion designer Beth Buccini and her Kirna Zabête line. The Ministry of Caring fundraiser on September 27th sold out, as many wanted to see the collection that graces stores in New York, Bryn Mawr and Palm Beach. Beth in fact resides in Chadds Ford and is married to Rob Buccini of the Buccini/Pollin Group.
The event included an elegant lunch, live auction, boutique shopping and door prizes. Honorary Chair Tina Hayward, who is a long-time supporters of the Ministry of Caring, and Co-Chairs Robin Richman and Janet Killian spoke warmly about the work of the organization and expressed their gratitude for the crucial support provided each year by Eleganza’s sponsors and guests.
Hayward said that the large measure of community support for the Ministry of Caring flows from the energy and determination of Brother Ronald. “He never gives up. He always wants to offer more beds, more housing to battered women, children, and now for employable men. He just never gives up asking for support. And most of us can never say no,” she said.
Beth Buccini treated guests to a runway show featuring upcoming trends including Think Pink, Recycled, Autumn Florals, and Velvet. At Kirna Zabête, Beth personally selects every item sold in each of the store’s four outposts, with the intention of inspiring every client who walks through the door.
Her highly curated edit of designer collections has contributed to Kirna Zabête’s success in becoming a regular haunt for celebrities, stylists, and fashion editors, while acquiring noteworthy accolades in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Elle, Town & Country, and more. She has also collaborated with Target, Nine West, Gilt, and Birkenstock to create special collections for the Kirna Zabête customer.
“I hope Beth comes back next year,” said guest Tricia Lyons, who regularly supports the event. “She was all about fun and elegant clothing.”
Other Eleganza guests included Annie Coons; Betty Purzycki; Mary, Kristen, and Jen Abessinio; Valerie Biden Owens; Lauren Asher; Micky Altschuler; Kirstie Donohue; Valerie Woslayer-Abel; Barbra Andrisani; Maureen Rhodes; Bernadette Buccini; Carroll Carpenter; Diane Lambrow; Michelle Rollins; Penny Saridakis; and Michele Harra.
This year’s Eleganza raised more than $70,000 for the Ministry of Caring’s emergency shelters and Job Placement Center.
The Ministry operates four emergency homeless shelters: Mary Mother of Hope House I for single women, Mary Mother of Hope Houses II and III for women with children, and House of Joseph I for employable men. Along with a transitional residence component for each shelter, the Ministry can house more than 186 homeless men, women, and children each night. The Job Placement Center helps disadvantaged and chronically homeless men and women, including the unskilled, to develop employment skills and obtain work.