Event host, Courtney Bingham-Sixx with the donated garments.
Story by Christine Peake
Photos by Douglas Dobson & Christine Peake
How2Girl Courtney Bingham-Sixx recently announced that her online auction for Cancer Awareness has raised $12,500 with the help of her friends and a lot of imagination.
Courtney recently held a ladies Think Pink Ladies Luncheon at the sprawling mansion she shares with new husband, legendary rocker Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue. Their wedding this summer is to be featured in a huge layout in the Winter issue of Inside Weddings, on news stands December 23rd.
Lucky guests were invited to enjoy a sunny afternoon of gourmet food, arts and crafts, music, delicious cocktails and were also encouraged to bring an unwanted item (new or barely used) that they had no further use for in their closet, either clothing, jewelry or accessories in support of Courtney’s charity of choice BrightPink.Org.
Courtney’s guests did not disappoint. As they each arrived Courtney was surprised to find a rack brimming over with designer clothes, purses and jewelry from her big-hearted friends.
“I could not believe it”, she said, “I was a little nervous to even ask guests to bring items, I did not want to pressure them, but they all showed up with terrific items. It was more than I could have hoped for. I had intended to sell the items that day, but due to the number of kind donations, I decided to hold an online auction for a month which just ended and I was so pleased with the results, our little venture and afternoon luncheon raised $12,500.00 total. I was so happy, that means 125 mammograms in medical dollars, so we achieved our goal.”
Chrome Hearts CEO/Founder Laurie Lynn Stark brought designer items by FENDI, Vivienne Westwood and many others. Supermodel turned swim wear designer, Susan Holmes McKagen donated her entire new SS15 collection of bikinis and cover ups. Margaret Rowe Couture (MargaretRowe.com) also donated a pair of stunning earrings. Courtney’s husband, who is also a two-time New York Times best selling author as well as a rock star, signed a few of his books, which were quickly snapped up in the auction by his loyal fans.
In keeping with Courtney’s HOW2GIRL brand, featured in our July-August cover story, guests made their own jewel encrusted pink ribbons at Courtney’s ‘Pink Ribbon Crafting Station. Michaels Arts & Crafts (www.Michaels.Com) kindly provided all the materials in support of the luncheon and the worthy cause. OC housewife Gretchen Rossi was particularly proud of her ribbon!
Pink cocktails were created with the use of a Soda Stream machine and flavors.
OC Housewife Gretchen Rossi created a pink ribbon with materials used by Michaels Arts & Crafts
The cocktails were also in keeping with the pink theme, Soda Stream (Sodastreamusa.com) provided a bright pink machine and their various pink flavors with which Courtney designed signature cocktails for the event. Guests also had the option of Onehopewine.com Chardonnay which donates 50% of profits to cancer charities. Chipz Happen also donated to the event.
The menu was also first class with the event being catered by The Admirable Crichton, TheAC-Events.com a luxury catering company, established over 30 years ago in London who are now taking Los Angeles by storm with their impeccable standards which are called upon in locations such as Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court Palace.
“At the end of the day we had a great time, and the auction was the icing on the pink cupcake, ” quipped Courtney. “Now I can think about what to do next for my next charity endeavour, it feels good to give back!”
To learn more about the charity and how you can help please visit BrightPink.org.