Ladies (and gents) lunched in the spirit of breast cancer survival at the Celebration of Life Luncheon. The Austin Alumnae chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha hosted its annual luncheon to raise funds for the recently opened Seton Breast Care Center.
Attendees were treated to an exclusive and chic Neiman Marcus fashion show named "The Art of Fashion."
“It is very important for Neiman Marcus to give back to each of the communities where we are located,” Chris Hendel, general manager for Neiman Marcus Austin, says. “We find it very rewarding to be involved in a successful fundraising event for the Seton Breast Care Center and the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation.”
Guests were seated at crisp gray and white table settings, complete with white rose bouquets. Two runways ran the length of the new JW Marriott ballroom, providing an optimum viewing experience.
The show offered a sneak peek at 65 new spring looks, highlighting top trends from New York Fashion Week. Florals, fringe and pops of orange stole the show. The luncheon’s theme of celebration was evident in the mixture of patterns and stripes, funky Louboutin heels and layered statement jewelry. Looks ranged from youthful crop top numbers to minimal white resort wear, emphasizing Neiman Marcus’ versatile collections.
Following the fashion show, guests were presented with a light and delicious five-star lunch. Attendees dined on a trio of salads, including roasted vegetables and quinoa, herb dressing and grilled chicken, and fresh mozzarella with heirloom tomato. Lunch concluded with a satisfying mango tart with raspberry sauce.
Fabulous women from all walks of life attended the event. Notable Austinites included Honorary Co-Chairs Kendra Scott and Carla McDonald as well as Cecilia Abbott.
Scott addressed attendees with a passionate message to continue the fight against breast cancer. “I am so honored to be here today in this room full of such loving, kind and generous men and women,” Scott said. “It’s really hard when a loved one going through something you can’t fix. There are only certain things we can do. And today we are doing it.”
Scott gifted every attendee with a Lolley Charm necklace; luncheon co-chair Lisa Youngblood and Holley Kitchen gifted pink jewels to breast cancer survivors.
“I hope you all enjoy wearing the Lolley, because it’s made of love. You pink warriors are our heroes. I know you’re mine,” Scott said.
Eighty percent of the proceeds from the luncheon will aid the Seton Breast Care Center in funding and purchasing equipment. The remaining 20 percent of funds raised from the luncheon will support the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation’s breast cancer awareness and education initiatives.