Fashionistas took over for Gilda’s Gift of Giving Luncheon, Boutique & Fashion Show on Nov. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. More than 600 fashion-savvy — and generous — attendees gathered to kick off the holiday season in high style.
Benefiting the life-changing cancer support programs of Gilda’s Club Desert Cities, the event featured an elegant runway show presented by El Paseo boutique Presage with fabulous looks from the international design houses of Versace, Chiara Boni, and Hervé Léger. More great fashions could be found in the 29-vendor Boutique, where shoppers could also find gifts for everyone on their list, even little kids and pets.
CBSLocal2’s Patrick Evans emceed, Gilda’s President and CEO Maria Elena Geyer welcomed and inspired guests with her vision, and Board Chairman Paul Golden acknowledged those who made the event possible.
Among them: event underwriters Peter and Judi Wasserman; Harold Matzner; The Auen Foundation represented by Sherrie Auen; Sally Nordstrom; Annette Bloch; Desert Regional Medical Center; Carleen and Chuck Riach; and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The Agua Caliente, represented by Kari Smith, Melissa Milanovich and Trista Milanovich, were this year’s special honorees.
Photography by Loretta Vlach