The YWCA celebrates Greenwich’s ‘old bags’

2014 YWCA Greenwich Old Bag Luncheon Co-Chairs, from left, YWCA board members Judith Wertheimer, Emma Pennington, Shelly Tretter Lynch and Jordan Rhodes.

2014 YWCA Greenwich Old Bag Luncheon Co-Chairs, from left, YWCA board members Judith Wertheimer, Emma Pennington, Shelly Tretter Lynch and Jordan Rhodes.

More than 350 women supported domestic abuse services by attending the ninth annual YWCA Greenwich Old Bags Luncheon at the Belle Haven Club.

The event raised funds exclusively for the YWCA’s Domestic Abuse Services. Guests  bid on over 375 new, vintage, gently used and designer handbags from famous names such as Herme’s, Lautrec, Celine, Chanel, Dior, Bentley and Nancy Gonzalez that were donated. Terry Betteridge of Betteridge Jewelers served as auctioneer.

“This was our most successful Old Bags event ever…a great day for YWCA Domestic Abuse Services and the Greenwich community. My thanks go out to our terrific co-chairs and the entire committee and to the concerned, caring women who attended,” said Adrianne Singer, YWCA president and CEO.

2014 Old Bags Luncheon co-chairs worked throughout the year arranging the event.  Co-Chairs included YWCA board members Shelly Tretter Lynch, Emma Pennington, Jordan Rhodes and Judith Wertheimer.

During the program, Suzanne Adam, YWCA director of Domestic Abuse Services, spoke about the emotional turmoil of domestic violence victims, offering short vignettes about their experiences. She described “the woman who was able to stand up in court, tell her story and ask for an order of protection…the night after her husband not only broke her collarbone, but her spirit as well; and the child who practiced calling 911 with her counselor only to have to call 911 for real three days later.”

Affecting every age and socioeconomic status, the crime of domestic violence is the leading cause of injury among women. Last year, YWCA Greenwich, the only licensed provider of free, 24/7 domestic violence services in the community, treated thousands of victims, including 882 children.

It sheltered 123 victims, assisted 672 people at Stamford Superior Court and answered 15 to 20 hotline calls per day at 203-622-0003.

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