On April 6, Hermès Design District hosted the Power of the Purse annual luncheon to benefit the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade. Famous supermodel turned entrepreneur, Elle Macpherson served as the event’s honorary chair. We had the chance to talk to Macpherson about the organization.
She mentioned "When I moved to Miami in late 2014 after 17 years in London, I was eager to find community. I know from experience, the best way to feel part of a community is through service so I started asking friends what work I could do and with whom. My friend Tiffany Zientz Heckler suggested I explore the work the Women’s Fund was doing in Miami. I visited many of their initiatives and decided to reach out to see if I could help at all. This led me to co-hosting and co-chairing the Power of the Purse (among other things). I’m grateful to have this opportunity to help."
Founded 23 years ago, The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade has provided more than $3.7 million to 480 programs supporting women and girls in Miami-Dade. This includes the seed money for programs advocating for women and girls such as Lotus House and Casa Valentina. The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade is a leader in community collaborations including Stop Sex Trafficking MIAMI (35 different organizations working together on this crime against our children), The Girls Coalition and Freedom from Violence. This month Women’s Fund Miami-Dade is kicking off a new initiative called SEE HER VOTE to help educate women on important issues and encourage them to vote.
Gloria Estefan, Cristina Saralegui, Diana Nyad, Rachel Roy, Hilarie Bass (incoming chair American Bar Asso), Katherine Fernandez Rundle State Attorney, Jane Wells (International film maker) Victoria Cummock, Teresa Gonzalez, Sissy de Marie, Mary Young, Marilynn Gladstone, (the founder), Some are or have been involved with Power of the Purse – others have been or are currently involved with The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade in other initiatives.
It is an honor to partner with Hermès on the Power of the Purse. Beyond extending the celebratory mood of this year’s fundraiser through this special evening in the Design District, Hermès has donated a private scarf tying event to the silent auction portion of the fundraiser. The winning bidder will bring nine of her closest friends to the Hermès boutique, enjoy champagne, and learn the chicest ways to tie an Hermès scarf. The Design District, fashion and the women that make Miami great, what could be better?
Source : HADLEY HENRIETTE, Haute Living