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Kendra's Philanthropy Wednesdays: PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to sponsor the Seventh Annual PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon that helped raise money for child victims of suspected abuse in Travis County. The event, also sponsored by Lexus of Austin and organized by the Friends of Christopher Guild, was on October 16th and was held here in Austin where ladies wearing tiaras and feather boas gathered for a day filled with great food, exciting rounds of competitive bingo, exceptional prizes, a glittering silent auction, and new to this year, Bubbles & Bling. This was a fabulous opportunity for the women to purchase a mystery jewelry item donated by us at Kendra Scott and a bottle of Lexus of Austin champagne. The bottles of bubbly and jewelry sold out in one hour and all together the event grossed more than $170,000 for the Center for Child Protection. Former Miss Texas Holly Mills-Gardner (right) emceed the event, and looked absolutely gorgeous in an emerald green dress and a matching pair of Kendra Scott Sona Chandelier Earrings. Sandra A. Martin (below left), CEO of Center for Child Protection, also looked stunning at the event in a Kendra Scott Galeana Bib Necklace.

It brought so much joy to us at Kendra Scott to be able to help such an amazing cause for children. The Center for Child Protection is a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center and is the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. Children go to the center for recorded interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. It’s the only non-profit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children, and all services are provided to children and their protective caregivers are at no cost. Last year alone, the center served nearly 1,500 children and more than 1,100 adults. As a mother of two little boys who are my world, it absolutely breaks my heart to hear about children who grow up in homes where they are abused and don't have a voice. I am so honored and proud to have been able to help the PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon raise money and awareness for these children in Austin.

Photography by Teri Mason.