More than 400 guests attended the ninth annual Bags & Baubles fundraiser benefiting the FACE Foundation at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe. While the numbers are still being tallied, it’s expected that the April 28 fundraiser will reach its $130,000 goal to help pets receive life-saving veterinary care.
According to FACE Foundation Executive Director Danae Davis, Bags & Baubles is the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year alongside its dog-friendly Golf Tournament which lands every November.
“Our events make up over 25% of our annual income and provide us a huge opportunity to share our work with the community,” Davis said. “When people bring their friends and families to our events, they are spreading the word about FACE and the issue we are trying to solve — economic euthanasia. Our events provide an opportunity for those to get involved through volunteerism, and for everyone involved to have a great time while saving lives.”
Davis described the event day as spectacular due to the perfect weather, high attendance numbers, and top-shelf items. There was something for everyone at Bags & Baubles.
“The first item to sell was a Van Cleef 18k Tiger’s Eye Ten Motif Alahambra Necklace that was generously donated to us — it was beautiful,” Davis said. “Most of our high-end brands like Judith Leiber, Prada and Nancy Gonzalez sold really well, but our vegan brands and accessories did really well, too.”
Davis gave special thanks to the fabulous shoppers who helped FACE raise the necessary funds for pets in need. Just this year, FACE has saved more than one pet every single day from economic euthanasia.
Hosting Bags & Baubles is a team effort. Donors provided shoppers this year with more than 400 handbags, nearly 100 pieces of fine jewelry, over 60 pairs of designer sunglasses, and an overflowing amount of accessories.
In addition to the generosity of donors, Davis noted how 100 volunteers helped make Bags & Baubles a success.
“We couldn’t have pulled this event off without them and our wonderful sponsors who underwrote everything from food to event supplies,” she said.
In addition to a shopping extravaganza, patrons enjoyed complimentary food and beverages donated by Hooters and Opera Patisserie. Opportunity drawings were also abundant during the day such as a Tory Burch packages, Kate Spade package, and Padres tickets.
Davis said while everyone had a great time, it was even more meaningful that at the very core, people were there to help FACE save pets and support families.
“Every day, we get contacted by distressed pet parents trying to save the lives of their beloved pets facing emergency medical situations who deserve a second chance at life,” she said. “These pets deserve to stay with their families that are fighting hard to care for them, but simply do not have the funds needed for a sudden, emergency treatment. We aim to save lives and keep families whole by avoiding economic euthanasia.”
For more information on the FACE Foundation including future events, visit www.face4pets.org.