Joy Bianchi Hosts Helpers House of Couture Annual Fundraiser


Belinda Berry and Joy Venturini Bianchi  Credit: Drew Altizer Photography
Belinda Berry and Joy Venturini Bianchi Credit: Drew Altizer Photography

Save the date for A Joyous Celebration! Helpers House is commemorating its 60th Birthday and Joy Venturini Bianchi’s 60 years with Helpers, as well as her own 75th Birthday. Festivities will take place on Saturday, October 5th with their first Black Tie Gala at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Ms. Bianchi hosted the Helpers House of Couture annual fundraiser, which took place in the magnificent Victorian home in San Francisco.

The nine main rooms throughout the house have been converted into a “fashionista’s” dream come true. Upon entering the house, guests were greeted with the famous jewelry room that showcases an endless display of stunning costume pieces to the classy simplicity of Chanel and Christian Dior.

Spread throughout the house are men’s and women’s stylish accessories and clothing that saturate the racks with new and gently used items from top designers such as Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Chanel. There is even a brand new Emilio Pucci dress, which is the same style that Jennifer Lopez has donned on the red carpet and Beyoncé also wore a similar version of the design.

A few years ago, the Helpers House enjoyed the pleasure of having celebrity guest Stella McCartney pay them a visit, whom Joy Venturini Bianchi described as being “a very special girl”.

Some of the incredible footwear currently available at Helpers House of Couture range from fabulous designers such as Tom Ford, Manolo Blahniks, Jimmy Choo and several gorgeous pairs of Christian Louboutins.

All proceeds from the sales benefit the Helpers of the Mentally Retarded, which was originally founded in 1963 with three homes in San Francisco as a non-profit organization devoted to assisting the developmentally challenged. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds are allocated to the Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco.

Items range from as low as $10 all the way up to $20,000 and the pieces are donated from all over the world. To take a tour and enjoy a personal shopping experience year round, guests can contact the Helpers House of Couture at 415-387-3031.

If you are near Ghirardelli Square, you can also stop by the Helpers Bizarre shop that features similar types of donated articles including pieces from Wilkes Bashford.

[Reported by Darren Anderson]

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