Carrie Brillstein received Lupus LA’s “Woman of Achievement” Award at the 4th annual “Hollywood Bag Ladies” Lupus Luncheon, which raised in excess of $350,000 for research supported by the Lupus Research Institute. Steve Edwards, host of Good Day LA, brought his wit and charm as the MC and Noah Alexander, Peri Ellen Berne, Marla Paxson, Beverly Sassoon and Kelly Stone served as chairs for the Thursday, October 26 event at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
For more than 20 years, Carrie Brillstein has worked to raise awareness for autoimmune diseases. As a founding member and Vice President of Lupus LA, her dedication has helped put the charity organization on the map and make the “Hollywood Bag Ladies” one of the most anticipated fundraisers of the season.
The glamorous event’s signature silent auction featured over 400 handbags donated by celebrities such as Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts and Misha Barton, as well as by designers including Michael Kors, Charlie Lapson, Bulgari, Jimmy Choo, a bag personally selected and autographed by Carla Fendi, and autographed evening bags from Badgley Mischka. Sharon Stone donated over 70 bags from her own closet, touted as the “The Sharon Stone Collection.” Stone also presided over the luxurious live auction, which included a set of Fendi luggage, a stay at the Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach, a custom Burberry trench coat modeled by Julie Benz (Dexter) and a Three Gems tourmaline necklace modeled by Nicky Hilton.
Luncheon guests included: Sharon Stone, Kelly Stone, Kathy Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Connie Stevens, Melissa Joan Hart, Shirly Brener, Tiffany, Julie Benz, Vanna White, Taraji Henson, Shondrella Avery, Bernie and Carrie Brillstein, Ann Turkel, Phyllis George, Cathy Shim, Sandra Vidal, Beverly Todd and Ashley Jones. Donated bags from Laura Linney, Natalie Portman, Sharon Stone, Misha Barton, Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox Arquette, Susan Lucci, Juliana Margulies, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Melissa Joan Hart, Jeri Ryan, CCH Pounder, Rosanna Arquette, Brooke Shields, Jack Black, Rex Lee, Julie Benz, Shondrella Avery, Taraji Henson, Sandra Vidal, Ann Turkel, Wayne Newton, Teri Hatcher, Phyllis Diller, Dayna Devon, Phyllis George, Dixie Chicks, Charlie Brown and Snoopy were featured in the silent auction.