8th Annual Shady Ladies Dinner & Live Auction of Celebrity Sunglasses


February 8, 2013

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It's an Array of Celebrity Shades This Saturday at the Shady Ladies Dinner and Auction

Wellington, FL - February 7, 2013 - Find yourself a new pair of shades while supporting a good cause at the Shady Ladies Dinner and Celebrity Sunglass Auction. The event, held ringside in the Wellington Club at the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, will be held this Saturday, February 9. The evening kicks off at 6:30 pm during the $80,000 Adequan Grand Prix, with Honorary Co-Chairmen, renowned fashion designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka.

The event was started eight years ago by Angela and Chris Paradysz, because their daughter Allie suffers from Lupus -a chronic, complex and prevalent autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.5 million Americans. The disease is difficult to diagnose as the symptoms are not consistent, mimic those of other diseases and there is no single test to definitely diagnose it.

In the past eight years, the Shady Ladies auction has grown to include extravagant packages accompanying each pair of sunglasses. The event coordinators would like to thank Philip Pilla, CEO of Pilla, for donating over a dozen pair of Pilla sunglasses to the auction. Pilla sunglasses are visual equipment for sport, and are sure to be the talk of the Shady Ladies event. Some of the celebrity highlights of this year's event include the following:

Richard Gere
Leondardo DiCaprio
Martin Scorsese

Rock N' Roll Stars:
Bruce Springsteen
Patti Scialfa

David Cone-Former Major League Baseball Player

Top Grand Prix Riders/Trainers:
Reed Kessler
McLain Ward
George Morris
Margie Goldstein Engle
Laura Kraut
Nick Skelton - London Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Top Polo Players:
Nic Roldan
Adolfo Cambiaso
Brandon Phillips
Gillian Johnson
Hector Galindo

In addition to the live and silent auctions, a raffle gives guests another opportunity to leave the Shady Ladies event with a spectacular take-away.

"Everyone's always excited about the raffle," Tudor said. "Our event is well known for amazing raffle items which help us to sell $10,000 worth of raffle tickets each year. It's a lot of fun. Everybody wins at our event."

The evening is also a win-win for equestrians and non-equestrians alike. The ringside setting will be decorated in the LRI colors of orange and red by David Negri of DN Concepts and is the ideal location to take in the Grand Prix.


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