Haute Event: Chanel For A Cause

On Oct. 25, stylish supporters of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc, a not-for-profit organization providing services for at-risk youth and families, were invited by Kimberly Bacardi to Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland’s Chanel Boutique to sip champagne, nibble on hors d’oeuvres and slip into resort wear from CHANEL’s Cruise 2011 Collection (rumored to be the most elaborate collection the leading international fashion house has unveiled in years).

Bacardi, a philanthropist and founder of non-profit organization Kim’s Good Karma Group, mingled with attendees at the event and praised Miami Bridge, which, through special programs and services offered by its Miami and Homestead campuses, has served as a safe haven for hundreds of children and adolescents in need, especially those who cannot find placement in foster care.

“Miami Bridge plays a critical role in the lives of many children and families — literally, a refuge from the dangers of the streets,” says Bacardi. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this group of supporters together and share with them how I feel about Miami Bridge and the organization’s many achievements.”

With five percent of the total day’s sales set to benefit the Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, guests scooped up best-selling items, such as the designer’s iconic tweeds in new silhouettes, frilly dresses, printed caftans and timeless quilted handbags from CHANEL’s exceptional Ready-to-Wear and Accessories collections. Bacardi, who dazzled in a black Gustavo Cadile dress, appropriately donned a matching CHANEL quilted handbag.

“We are grateful to Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland and to supporters like Kim (Bacardi) who give their time to raise awareness and funds for our organization,” says Mary Andrews, Executive Director of Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services. “It is through these type of events that we are able to reach new audiences and inspire others to join our mission in offering solutions, alternatives and hope to Miami-Dade and Homestead’s troubled youth and families.”

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