Colleagues Spring Luncheon 2014

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Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco Honored at The Colleagues Spring Luncheon   



The Colleagues honored Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco, with the “Champion of Children Award” at the organization’s 26th annual Spring Luncheon on Apr. 29 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

To read my story in the “All the Rage section of the Los Angeles Times, click here. 

Oscar de la Renta, represented by his stepdaughter Eliza Bolen, was host of the affair, featuring a runway show of the designer’s fall 2014 collection. The jeweler Van Cleef and Arpels provided additional support

Prince Albert II of Monaco, the son of Princess Grace and Prince Rainer III, and Princess Charlene married in 2011. Born Charlene Lynette Wittstock, the princess is a former South African champion swimmer, representing South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and winning three gold medals at the 1999 All-Africa Games in Johannesburg.

She is a global ambassador for the Special Olympics, a board member of the Princess Grace Foundation USA, honorary president of Monaco Against Autism and founder of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, which teaches water safety and instills strong sports values in children through programs such as “Learn to Swim.”

All proceeds raised from the luncheon benefit Children’s Institute, Inc., dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect. The cause is also supported by The Colleagues Gallery, a resale and vintage fashion boutique in Santa Monica. 


Top photo The 2011 wedding photograph of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene, honored at the Colleagues Spring Luncheon 2014 (photo, by Patrick Demarchelier/ courtesy of the Consulate General of Monaco for a story here about Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s 2012 visit to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts)


Second photo: Princess Charlene of Monaco, honored at the Colleagues Spring Luncheon 2014, is looking beautiful as we snapped a shot of Her Serene Highness, seated front row at the Paris haute couture spring/summer 2013 collections (photo, 



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Colleagues Spring Luncheon 2014

Originally published Mar. 16, 2014 as an event preview; Updated May 5, 2014 after the event

Ellen Olivier, Society News LA