The Race Course was pink and pretty on Friday for Fabulous Fillies Day, the annual celebration of women’s contributions to the thoroughbred industry and fundraising event for The Breast Cancer Research Association. Pops of magenta could be found all over the track, but none were quite as bright as the glittering scene at the Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon.
For the second year in a row, fashion powerhouse ESCADA presented the event and dazzled guests with a wonderland theme, covering the Pavilion with black and white décor. Guests arrived and were greeted with a glass of pink Moet and Chandon champagne, before eagerly making their way to the on site ESCADA boutique. We spotted Nancy DiCresce, Patty Riggi, Sandy Foley and Margie Rotchford poring over the luxurious fashion, hand selected by ESCADA stylists for the ladies of Saratoga. Also milling by the boutique were Suzanne Grande, Michele Funiciello, Mary Gatzemeyer, Mara King, Lisa Torani and Denise Dubois. Everything from sumptuous knits to equestrian inspired baubles were on display, with ESCADA donating 20% of all boutique sales to the BCRF.
Standing regally at either side of the boutique, were two life size horse sculptures, handcrafted with reclaimed wood from Balinese artists. These globe trotting fillies made their way overseas to the US to be featured in ESCADA’s flagship store in New York City, before they were generously offered as an auction item for the luncheon. Michele Riggi will be taking home the two beauties with her winning bid, which raised an additional $5000 for the BCRF.
Maggie Wolfendale welcomed attendees as they took their seats for lunch, while beguiling models continued to glide by the tables, showcasing stunning couture gowns. President and CEO of NYRA Chris Kay introduced the luncheon’s honoree, Stella Thayer, whose accomplishments epitomize the spirit of Fabulous Fillies Day. Ms. Thayer was the first female president of the Thoroughbred Racing Association as well as being a past president and member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, amongst her many other achievements. The program then went on to spotlight ‘Breast Cancer: How We are Winning the Race’ as guests heard from Margaret Mastrianni, Deputy Director of the BCRF and Dr. Larry Norton, the organization’s scientific director. Dr. Norton’s in depth discussion and Q&A session gave guests an incredible opportunity to ask about current trends and treatments in breast cancer, from one the fields leading experts.
In the audience were several of the luncheon’s honorary chairmen including Jane Golub, Patty Riggi, Michele Riggi, Nancy DiCresce, Julie Bonacio, Theresa Behrendt and Maureen Lewi. Also showing their support were Jane Wait, Joanne Adams, Terry Lee, Carole Tarantino, Mary Gavin, Kristie Roohan, Julie Johnson, Beth Alexander and Lisa Moser.The Sizzling Hot Pink luncheon continues to be one of the most well regarded events of the social season, easily attributed to its fabulous mix of fashion, philanthropy and racing.