‘Old Bags’ Luncheon to Feature Fisher, Tribute to Past Chairs

PALM BEACH, FL – Fifteen years of “old bags” will be honored and acclaimed actress and writer Carrie Fisher will share a lifetime of Hollywood and personal anecdotes at the Center for Family Services’ annual “Old Bags Luncheon.”

The program on March 7, 2013, at The Breakers will be chaired by board members Jean Meisenzahl and Patricia Travis and will honor all of the past chairwomen. Guests will be treated to a silent auction of more than 300 designer handbags and jewelry, and a raffle.

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit The Center for Family Services’ programs provided to children who suffer from domestic violence, sexual abuse or homelessness.

Fisher is a popular figure on the lecture circuit, where she discusses her victory over substance abuse, activism on behalf of the mentally ill and humorous takes on Hollywood and motherhood.

She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in “Shampoo” while still a teenager and rocketed to fame as Princess Leia in “Star Wars.” She later wrote her first novel, “Postcards from the Edge,” a comical look at her experiences with alcohol and substance abuse, which turned into a New York Times bestseller and garnered the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Her screen adaptation of the book earned her a BAFTA nomination, and she launched a new career as a novelist, journalist, screenwriter and script doctor.

Tickets are $350 per person. Major sponsors of the luncheon include Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. For more information, contact Stanton Collemer, (561) 616-1257; e-mail or visit www.ctrfam.org.

The Center for Family Services is a 51-year-old non-profit organization that provides a full spectrum of services for homeless families with children, and families at risk for homelessness; substance abuse treatment programs; and specialized therapy for children who are victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

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