The more than 150 guests gathered at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida not only enjoyed the competitions of the annual Winter Equestrian Festival but took part in a hugely successful auction of celebrity sunglasses.
The luncheon’s “shades” theme reflects a common symptom of lupus: extreme sensitivity to the sun. People with lupus are advised to stay out of direct sunlight, apply sun block daily, and wear hats—and sunglasses, of which there were many remarkable pairs at the club that afternoon. The exciting live and silent auction of autographed celebrity sunglasses included pairs from Bruce Springsteen, Michael J. Fox, Kevin Kline, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Alexander, Christina Aguilera, Lou Dobbs, Mariska Hargitay, Eva Longoria and Teri Hatcher. Famed New York fashion designer, Mark Badgley—himself an equestrian—chaired the event with the help of honorary chairs Marley Goodman of Palm Beach, Clara Lindner of Cincinnati, and presenting sponsor Paradysz Farms.