The FACE Foundation is inviting fashionistas to its fifth annual “Bags & Baubles” fundraiser April 26 at a private Rancho Santa Fe estate.
“It’s a fun way to get that new handbag you want for the spring and summer, but have it go toward a good cause,” said Executive Director Brooke Haggerty.
Founded in 2006, the FACE Foundation provides access to necessary medical care and education to save animal lives. Based on established criteria, the San Diego-based organization gives financial grants to pet owners who are unable to partly or fully cover the cost of their pet’s emergency or critical care.
The foundation has given more than $1.8 million in grants and saved the lives of 1,170 pets since it was founded.
Established by local veterinarians, the organization has always worked closely with veterinary hospitals in the community.
Today, the FACE Foundation partners with 110 veterinary hospitals throughout San Diego County, including six hospitals in Encinitas and Solana Beach. All of the foundation’s veterinary partners give at least a 25 percent discount to qualified FACE patients.
“It’s very much a partnership,” said Haggerty, who has been with the organization since 2011. “We couldn’t do what we do without our awesome partners.”
Based in Sorrento Valley, the FACE Foundation is supported through donations and grants.
Giving fashion followers a chance to shop for a cause, Bags & Baubles is one of the foundation’s largest fundraisers. This year’s silent auction will include more than 350 handbags, as well as jewelry and accessories for bid and for sale. There will also be appetizers, desserts and wine.
From high-end designer labels to vegan and leather-free bags, Haggerty said, “There’s something for everyone.”
Last year, more than 400 people attended the event, raising $130,000. The foundation expects about 450 people this year with the goal to surpass last year’s fundraising total.
Because the foundation’s board and event committee covers most of the event costs, all proceeds will benefit the organization’s programs.
“Everything we raise really does go to the animals,” Haggerty said. “The more we raise at this event, the more lives we can save.”
Bags & Baubles will take place from 1-5 p.m. April 26 at a private Rancho Santa Fe estate. Although open to the public, attendees are required to register online at www.bagsandbaubles.org.
Registration is $10 through April 19 and $25 on or after April 20.
For more about the FACE Foundation, call 858-450-3223 or visit www.face4pets.org.