Make-Over Maven Highlights Old Bags Luncheon

Joan Klann, Carson Kressley, Kitty Silverstein at Old Bags luncheon in Palm BeachFrom the guy who’s making over the world one person at a time, a very simple message. Above, Joan Klann, Carson Kressley and Kitty Silverstein.

PALM BEACH, FL – He’s an Oprah-approved celebrity stylist and fashion designer who first became famous for revamping the wardrobe and grooming habits of style-challenged guys. So what was his key piece of advice to the sold-out crowd at the Center for Family Services’ 14th annual Old Bags Luncheon?

Be yourself!

“I think in our society, women hold themselves up to a standard that is, more often than not, unachievable,” Carson Kressley told the audience. “So embrace what we’ve got. Everybody has something that is positive.”

Kressley was the headline speaker as more than 600 supporters gathered at The Breakers for the popular luncheon, which included a silent auction of more than 300 designer handbags, shoes and other accessories.

Rebecca Jobo, Lisa Erdmann

Rebecca Jobo, Lisa Erdmann

Joan Klann and Kitty Silverstein served as chairwomen of the luncheon. Judi Richards, Sharon Apple, Erin McGould and Amie Swan were honorary chairwomen.

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

Sponsors of the luncheon, held March 8, 2012, were: Saks Fifth Avenue (platinum corporate benefactor), Neiman Marcus (gold corporate benefactor), Kaufmann de Suisse (grand raffle sponsor), Florida Power & Light Co. (Pearl Sponsor), Frederic Fekkai Palm Beach (table gift sponsor) and Harl Taylor Bag & Tiffany & Co. (silent auction patrons).

Benefactors included Sheryll Harkins, Joan and Avery Klann, Erin and Sean McGould, Patty Myura-The Eleanor Patterson Reeves Foundation, Kitty and Larry Silverstein and Amie and Jack Swan.

Platinum Patrons were Amanda King-Air Partner, Private Jets, Sharon and Roy Apple, Fifth Third Bank and Judi and Ray Richards.

Arlette Gordon, Amie Swan

Arlette Gordon, Amie Swan

Kressley was a recent contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” and hosts “Carson-Nation” on OWN. Previously he starred on Lifetime’s critically acclaimed show, “How to Look Good Naked” and earned a prime time Emmy for his role on Bravo’s breakout hit series, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
The Center for Family Services is a 50-year-old non-profit social services organization whose mission is to strengthen families through counseling, education and homeless intervention. The agency provides a full spectrum of services for homeless families with children and families at risk for homelessness and substance abuse treatment programs as well as specialized therapy for children who are victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. For more information, call (561) 616-1257 or visit

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Photos by Lucien Capehart Photography.


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