Lilly Pulitzer’s Beach Bash Helps Save Turtles

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Over 600 fashion-loving guests danced the night away at Lilly Pulitzer’s Beach Bash helping save sea turtles, their ocean home and Palm Beach’s iconic coastline

Photo: Tracey Benson Photography

Over 600 philanthropic influencers attended the social highlight of the season: Beach Bash Palm Beach, presented by Lilly Pulitzer, on Saturday, Dec. 29 at The Beach Club on Palm Beach. The fete, now in its 13th year, is Lilly Pulitzer’s largest annual charity event, and it raised critical funds for The Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC).

Outfitted in their brightest Lilly Pulitzer attire, notable guests enjoyed vibrant resort-wear fashion, Rosé by Whispering Angel, Frosé by The Palm, flowing libations, featuring Funky Buddha Brewery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and the very popular Field of Greens Handmade Juice Stand. Guests danced the night away to pulse-quickening tunes and a live Junkanoo band. The Beach Club chefs prepared a delicious menu to keep guests energized so they could spend the entire evening enjoying the sights and sounds of Palm Beach’s signature must-attend event.

The event’s theme, For the Love of Palm Beach celebrated 60 years of Lilly Pulitzer and the glittering heritage of Palm Beach fashion and lifestyle. World-renowned Event Designer Bruce Sutka curated the décor, with heavy nods to Lilly Pulitzer’s history in Palm Beach, which included glimmering lanterns, posh cabanas, a trellised dance floor and projections of Palm Beach, the ocean and some of the brand’s most vibrant resort wear prints enveloping guests in the event’s signature theme #ForTheLoveOfPalmBeach.

Photo: Tracey Benson Photography

Beach Bash guests also enjoyed a lash and braid bar by Anushka, entering Kendra Scott’s buried treasure jewelry pull, and an exclusive silent auction that included Palm Beach staycations, shopping sprees and more. Guests left with a Lilly Pulitzer swag bag which included a Lilly Pulitzer Beach Towel and a sea turtle adoption of “Shelly”, a current sea turtle patient at LMC. Shelly is named in honor of Lilly Pulitzer’s longstanding partnership with LMC, Palm Beach’s sea turtle and ocean conservation hub.

All proceeds benefited The Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and its continued mission of ocean and sea turtle conservation.

The 2018 committee included event Chair Lilly Leas Ferreira and Co-Chair Nick Kassatly, as well as Sean Ferreira, Stacy Kassatly, Kent Anderson, Billy & Katie Benjamin, Jett & Eve Beres, Giovanni Di Stadio & Jack E. Lighton, Robert & Kimberly Gimson, Paul & Danielle Lawler, Kelly Ring, Nickolas & Nicole Sargent, Tyler & Camila Sargent, Carter & Meghan Taylor, and Savannah Wentley.

The 2018 sponsors included Presenting Sponsor Lilly Pulitzer; Aristokids P.B. Girls Club, P.B. Boys Club, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Jupiter Medical Center, Private Oceans, 3550 South Ocean, Hamilton Jewelers, Koger Cosmetic Clinic & Medspa, LEEDS Custom Design, The Gardens Mall, Seabreeze Building, The Mullen Foundation, Hali & Scott Asplundh, Bill & Katie Benjamin, Kimberly & Rob Gimson, Whispering Angel Rosé, The Palm, Anushka, Field of Greens, Funky Buddha Brewery, Foxtail Coffee Co., Kendra Scott, Prep Obsessed, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

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About Loggerhead Marinelife Center:

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational institution that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums, and also operates the Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class angling and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year. The Center’s conservation team works with 76 local and international organizations across six continents to form partnerships and share conservation initiatives and best practices that are core to its mission of ocean conservation. The Center is expanding and has launched its Waves of Progress capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMC’s conservation and education impact. When complete, the facility will offer one of the world’s most advanced and unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more information, visit marinelife.org or call (561) 627-8280.

About Lilly Pulitzer:

Lilly Pulitzer speaks to generations of rule-breaking, sun-followers who celebrate the spontaneous bohemian spirit of Lilly Pulitzer. The company’s effortless fashions are truly born from an original. It all happened by accident, when in 1959-ish Lilly (McKim) Pulitzer—a stylish Palm Beach hostess and socialite whose husband Peter Pulitzer owned several Florida citrus groves—needed a project of her own. With Peter’s produce, she opened a juice stand on Via Mizner, just off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Lilly Pulitzer’s business was a hit, but squeezing oranges, lemons, limes, and pink grapefruit made a mess of her clothes. Realizing that she needed a juice stand uniform, Lilly asked her dressmaker to design a dress that would camouflage the stains. The result? A comfortable sleeveless shift dress made of bright, colorful printed cotton in pink, green, yellow and orange. Although her customers liked Lilly’s juice, they loved her shift dresses. Soon Lilly was selling more shift dresses than juice, so she decided to stop squeezing and focus on designing and selling her “Lillys.” Lilly Pulitzer became a fashion sensation and a creator of authentic American resort wear as we know it. The brand is celebrating their 60th anniversary throughout 2019 and continues to create authentic printed styles straight from the in-house print design studio. To learn more about Lilly Pulitzer’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, head here.