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Stars Help Raise $400K at Annual Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 18, 2016 – Celebrities, socialites, fashionistas and supporters of the lupus cause came together earlier today for the Fourteenth Annual Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Hosts Jon Kelley and Flipping Out’s Jenni Pulos were joined by honoree Terri Seymour, Westworld’sAngela Sarafyan, Leona Lewis, MTV Awkward’s Nikki DeLoach, Devious Maids’ Edy Ganem, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Eden Sassoon, Million Dollar Listing’s Josh Altman and Heather Bilyeu, Ash vs. Evil Dead’s Pepi Sonuga, Lisa Ann Walter, Anastasia Soare, influencer Erica Pelosini and Lupus LA ambassadors Meredith Monroe, Ali Hillisand more who came out to support the cause. The event raised $400K for lupus research and local patient programs.
The Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon is labeled the “must do” lunch of the season. Guests enjoyed an exclusive fashion show by Salvatore Ferragamo and mixed and mingled as they bid on designer handbags donated by Jennifer Aniston, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, and Reese Witherspoon among many others and from some of the most sought out brands including Brooks Brothers, Jimmy Choo, ETRO, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Ermenegildo Zegna and more.  Flipping Out’s Jenni Pulos led the live auction which included an exclusive New York Fashion Week package, a trip to Paris, a one-of-a-kind Stefano Ricci briefcase and more.
Each year Lupus LA presents awards to individuals who strive to make the world better for those living with lupus, whether it is through research, charitable gifts, spreading awareness and more. This year, Lupus LA honored three influential women: Extracorrespondent Terri Seymour with the Women Achievement Award; Nicole Fogel and Sheila Milstein with the Women Achievement Award and Joan Robbins who has been a dedicated member of the Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon Committee for over four with the Adam Selkowitz Outstanding Volunteer Award.
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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.