'Fashionable Fillies Luncheon'

SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Saratoga’s most ‘fashionable fillies’ streamed into the Hall of Springs last Monday for an afternoon of fashion, food and raising money for a great cause. Ladies arrived and sipped peach bellinis while perusing the fabulous line up of purses and bags that the Fashionable Fillies Luncheon is known for and caught up after a whirlwind first weekend of the racing season. Everyone was dressed to the nines including Margie Rotchford who dazzled in a sequined Sachin & Babi dress from Encounter, topped off with a Le Beau Chapeau by Nancy Matt.

Raffle tickets for goodies ranging from iPods and Apple Watches to downtown shopping gift certificates were being sold, all to raise money for the Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation and Shelters of Saratoga, the recipients the afternoon’s proceeds. In the crowd were Patty Riggi and Sonja Eckhardt and Michele Funiciello, Mary Gavin, Julie Johnson and Delores Parillo who caught up after a busy weekend while nearby Laura Pileckas, Melanie Dallas, Phyllis Bynum, Nancy Smith and Nancy Decresce were bidding on bags.

Michele Riggi and Sandy Foley were both wearing gorgeous white hats and Michele was talking excitedly about all of the final details falling into place for her event at the Museum of Dance this Saturday, the Tango Gala.

As the silent auction ended, the ladies sat down to a gorgeous spread of antipasti to start their lunch with and were treated to a colorful fashion show, featuring clothes from several downtown businesses. The looks ranged from dresses and shifts perfect for the summer party season from Frivolous, to adorable children’s wear from Miss Scarlett and classic menswear from The National store. Ryen VanHall rocked the runway modeling a classic plaid jacket and purple pocket square, but the little girls who modeled for Miss Scarlett may have stolen the show with their adorable posing, smiles and brightly colored, preppy summer looks.

Heather Mabee was in the audience enjoying the show, dining with Maureen Lewi, Marlene Okby and Theresa Behrendt who were discussing their recent trips, Heather who had just returned from a reunion weekend in Boston and Theresa who was sharing the details of her trip to Mongolia. Also in attendance were Complexions Spa owner Denise Dubois, Maria Harrison, Sonja Eckardt and Lisa Moser. The Saratoga Social chatted with Nancy Kelly Executive Director of the Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation after the event and who was thrilled with the day’s outcome.

“Another great year for the Fashionable Fillies Luncheon, thanks to the support of the Saratoga and racing communities. Thank you to Peter Tavares, Jennifer Marcellus and Beth Jameson for their hard work on a phenomenal fashion show,” she said

She was delighted to report the luncheon raised over $55,000.

Posted on August 5, 2015 .