Last week, the two of us were invited to sit at a friend’s table at the annual Heroes and Handbags luncheon benefiting Heroes for Children. This lovely event is a super fun girls’ day out, but more importantly, it raises funds for one of the most impressive children’s charities in the city. Heroes for Children provides financial and social support to childhood cancer patients and their families. Families often struggle with bills as a result of taking their child to cancer treatment, and unexpected costs, such as lodging, parking, and meals, arise during a child’s cancer treatment as well. The support provided to these families by Heroes for Children helps alleviate some of these financial burdens.
Heroes for Children also has several unique programs through which they provide social assistance to children battling cancer. One of these programs, Laptops for Love, provides new donated laptops to the patients. This can help an otherwise isolated child feel somewhat connected to the outside world, as well as provide the means for older children to complete school work. Heroes for Children also helps coordinate celebrations for children who may have missed their prom, graduation, Quinceanera, or other milestone, as well as helping to provide holiday joy to families who aren’t otherwise able to celebrate. Talk about an ambitious and meaningful organization!
The annual Heroes and Handbags luncheon is one of many ways Heroes for Children raises funds to support their programs. Before the actual lunch starts, the ladies attending have the opportunity to bid on fabulous donated handbags via silent auction, and this year there was a raffle for customized Kendra Scott jewelry. The ladies who chair this event have their work cut out for them each year, as pulling off a luncheon of this caliber is no small feat. But impressively, they rise to the occasion each year, seemingly without a hair out of place!
This event is a wonderful opportunity to spend a morning with some of your favorite ladies, mingling with a glass of bubbly while bidding on beautiful handbags and chatting over a delicious lunch. But most importantly, it is a great way to give back to an important cause and learn more about this impressive organization! I encourage you to consider attending this luncheon next year, and at the very least, check out Heroes for Children and see how you could possibly get involved!
Heroes and Handbags is definitely a girly event, with all of the attendees dressing quite “spiffy!” It’s the perfect opportunity to wear your favorite spring florals frocks, which is just what we did! Chandra, ever the style experimenter, paired a lacy crop top with a sheer floral chiffon skirt from Anthropologie, while Chastiti kept her look more classic with this pretty little number by Theia. Fun fact: Chastiti had a maximum of 15 minutes to choose a dress and shoes before she had to be at two separate kid events the night before the luncheon. She placed her trust in Jesu, a phenomenal stylist at Tootsie’s, and he had her out of there with the entire ensemble in time to make the first event of the evening. Alterations were needed, and Tootsie’s seamstresses finished the necessary revisions between her two events. She picked up the dress and headed to the little league game in the nick of time. Sometimes it really does take a village!
One of the highlights of the luncheon in recent years is the unveiling of the special edition handbag created by Elaine Turner exclusively for Heroes and Handbags, with proceeds going to HFC. With only a limited quantity available, Chastiti was fortunate enough to snag one of these special bags — isn’t it gorgeous?!
Lace Top: Asilio (here for similar and here for less expensive option) | Skirt: Anthropologie | Cami: TopShop | Clutch: J. Crew | Booties: Vince (here for less expensive option) | Earrings: here for similar | Ring: here for similar
Dress: Theia, available locally at Tootsie’s (here for similar and here for less expensive option) | Pumps: Christian Dior, sold out (here and here for similar, here for less expensive option) | Clutch: YSL, sold out (here for simlar and here for less expensive option) | Earrings: here and here for similar