Bags & Baubles benefit for animal care organization to be held in Rancho Santa Fe - April 29

The annual Bags & Baubles fundraiser is an opportunity for FACE to shine.

Bag & BaublesScheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. on April 29 at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe, the second annual event is one of the Foundation for Animal Care and Education’s premier affairs. About 250 guests are expected to attend, according to FACE Executive Director Stacy Steel.

The nonprofit FACE was established in 2006 by a group of veterinarians who were distraught over the rise of “economic euthanasia,” in which pets are left to suffer or are euthanized when their owners can’t afford the cost of treatment. FACE provides financial assistance to animal owners, with money raised through donations and special events such as Bags & Baubles.

At the upcoming fundraiser, there will be a silent auction of more than 200 new and “gently loved” designer handbags; starting bids will begin at 10 percent to 15 percent of retail value.

“The deals people are able to get on handbags are extraordinary,” Steel said.

In addition, there will be opportunities to purchase jewelry, while guests socialize with one another and consume food and beverages.

A high-end raffle is also planned, featuring items such as a Nancy Gonzalez purse, a Kazanjian Bros. wooden cuff with South Sea pearls and diamonds, an 18-carat white gold blue topaz necklace by Yael Designs, and a sterling silver beaded bracelet with an 18-carat yellow gold dog charm from Dodo. Tickets are three for $25 or 15 for $100.

FACE has provided more than $743,000 in assistance since August 2007, when the nonprofit issued its first grant. The average case costs the foundation $1,500. Funding for FACE is primarily provided by individual pet owners, with additional contributions from hospital partnerships. Special fundraising events are held throughout the year, such as Bags & Baubles.

More than $50,000 was raised during Bags & Baubles last year; this year’s goal is $83,500, Steel said. Meanwhile, FACE is still seeking sponsors and handbag donations, which are tax-deductible.

Admission to Bags & Baubles is free; the location is provided with an RSVP. Call Brooke Haggerty at (858) 450-3223, or go to

For more information about FACE; volunteer opportunities, such as office, marketing, public relations and fundraising; or to donate, visit the organization’s Web site.