David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

4 October 2006

Purses and Pursunalities on NYSD ...

Last Wednesday more than 200 guests gathered at Doubles for a “Purses and Pursenalties” luncheon along with a silent auction of designer handbags benefiting the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. The event was sponsored and emceed by designer Eric Javits, and it honored three of fashion's most talented women: Cece Cord, Cathy Hardwick, and Nicole Miller.

Nearly one hundred bags were auctioned off, including those donated from the personal collections of Pamela Fiori and Elizabeth Hasselback. Others were donated by designers including Bulgari, Celine, Fendi, Gucci, Hermes, Kooba, Judith Leiber, Longchamp, Nicole Miller, Badgley Mischka, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Ungaro, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent – just to name a few.

Pursenality enthusiasts in the room included Muffie Potter Aston, Debbie Bancroft, Mario Buatta, Wendy Carduner, Clo Cohen, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Somers Farkas, Mark Gilbertson, Amy Hoadley, Rachel Hovnanian, Margo Langenberg, Cynthia Lufkin, Allison Rockefeller, Tara Rockefeller, Anne Sitrick, Mary Van Pelt and Adrienne Vittadini.

Since 1884, the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has been providing after school and summer programs for thousands of children in New York City's most disadvantaged communities. By providing proven education, recreation and guidance programs in a safe and nurturing environment that many children consider a second home, we help our young participants lead happy, healthy and productive lives. A founding member of the Boys & Girls Club of America, Madison currently serves over 6,000 youth ages six to eighteen at seven clubhouses in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens and at Camp Madison in Kingston, New York. For more information, visit our website at

Allison Weiss Brady and Alison Minton.