Over 600 resort wear fashionistas celebrate “Life Under Printed Palms” at Lilly Pulitzer’s Beach Bash Palm Beach, raising critical funds for Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Palm Beach’s ocean and sea turtle conservation hub


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Over 600 young philanthropic leaders celebrated “Life Under Printed Palms” at the must-attend party of the year: Beach Bash Palm Beach, presented by Lilly Pulitzer. And for the first time, the annual event, located at the posh Beach Club on Palm Beach, raised critical funds for Palm Beach County’s ocean and sea turtle conservation hub, Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC).

Decked in their brightest Lilly Pulitzer attire, notable guests enjoyed bright resort fashion, colorful cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, delectable bites and pulse-quickening entertainment – including a live painting by a Lilly Pulitzer print designer, mermaids, LED robot dancers and more – produced by internationally-renowned event expert Bruce Sutka.

Paying homage to Lilly Pulitzer’s vibrant heritage in the brand’s hometown, notables in attendance were bedecked in contemporary and vintage Lilly resort wear and spent the evening mingling with other young philanthropists from around the globe. A Field of Greens juice stand paid homage to Lilly’s iconic Worth Avenue juice stand, which served as the catalyst for the resort wear brand’s success still enjoyed today. Being perfectly coiffed is a signature Palm Beach tradition, and as such, Beach Bash guests enjoyed primping hair and makeup at Anushka Spa’s Beach Bash pop up salon. Saving the ocean and sea turtles never looked so good!

“We were incredibly humbled and honored to partner with Lilly Pulitzer for this iconic Palm Beach event,” said Jack Lighton, LMC President & CEO. “Lilly Pulitzer and sea turtles are a perfect Palm Beach pairing, and we are so grateful to our guests and partners for their support. These funds significantly aid us in furthering our mission of ocean and sea turtle conservation.”

“It’s a joy to throw the party of the season in our brand’s hometown with the Beach Bash Committee and our new friends at Loggerhead Marinelife Center,” said Michelle Kelly, Lilly Pulitzer CEO. “The brand’s signature handpainted prints often draw inspiration from the ocean and sea life and we are proud to support LMC’s conservation mission through this event.”

Beach Bash Palm Beach also featured a rosé wine social media giveaway powered by Whispering Angel and a silent auction featuring Palm Beach staycations, shopping sprees, dining experiences and more. Every guest left the fete with a fabulous Lilly Pulitzer swag bag, which included fun Lilly gifts and a gifted sea turtle adoption of LMC’s sea turtle patient, “Lilly,” a loggerhead sea turtle currently receiving treatment at the sea turtle hospital. Guests can learn more about Lilly at www.marinelife.org/lilly.

All proceeds benefited Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s continued mission of ocean and sea turtle conservation. The center features an on-site campus hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums and also operates the iconic Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class fishing and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts over 300,000 visitors each year.

The 2016 Life Under Printed Palms Committee included Event Chair Nick Kassatly and Honorary Chair Bobby Leidy. Additional committee members are Jett and Eve Beres, Giovanni Di Stadio, Amanda Dufner, Richard Gaff, Adam and Brittney Gutin, Ben and Chelsea Lasater, Lilly Leas, Danni Melita, Kim Waser Nash, Maura Nelson, Stacy Nichols, Justin and Shannon Perez, Stephanie Pittington, Kelly Ring, Siobhan Helene Shea, Bruce Sutka and Savannah Wentley.

The 2016 sponsors included Presenting Sponsor Lilly Pulitzer; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Anushka Spa Salon & Cosmedical Centre; Field of Greens; Bourbon and Boweties; Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place; Loggerhead Marina; Danielle Lawler, Realtor; Farley Rentschler; Palm Beach Illustrated; J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa; SandPointe, LLC; Hilton West Palm Beach; Pumphouse Coffee Roasters; LIC Frozen Cocktails; Pretty Little Monograms; the Mullen family; Mark Seigel and Nick Rojo; Susan Dougherty; Red’s Outfitters; Ross Family; Kristen Kelly Fisher; The Meyer Lucas Group; Whispering Angel; Dr. Robert Greer and Cooperstown Brewing Company.

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