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10th Anniversary Jewel of Life Luncheon

Dr. Elizabeth Bowden receives Humanitarian Award from

Dr. Elizabeth Bowden receives Humanitarian Award from
Dr. Lois Pope. 
Photo by: Lucien Capehart

Saks Shimmers at American Lung Association’s
 10th Anniversary Jewels of Life Luncheon.

(February, 2012) The American Lung Association’s Jewels of Life Committee and sponsors celebrated the organization’s 10th Anniversary Jewels of Life Luncheon on Thursday, February 23.  Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach lit up the runway with sizzling spring fashions from the Saks collections.

The Luncheon paid tribute to event founder Suzy Minkoff.  Minkoff was presented a Leading Lady Oscar for her decade of effort by newcomers Jason Brian and Brianna Mahler of Dr. Elizabeth Bowden, was honored as the organization’s 2012 Humanitarian for her outstanding philanthropic leadership in this community and beyond, the award presented by last year’s winner, Dr. Lois Pope.  The event was beautifully chaired by Gail Worth and Ari Rifkin, and focused on raising funds for lung cancer and lung disease research. Judi Richards and Soula Rifkin served as fashion showcase chairmen.

Other Honorable mentions include the event’s Honorary International Chairman, longtime friend and good will ambassador, Hermé deWyman Miro, Honorary National Chairmen, Elizabeth Bowden, Rhoda Chase and Sieglinde Wikstrom.  Corporate benefactors Moneca Kaufmann of Kaufmann deSuisse Jewelers and Rebecca Jobo of Saks Fifth Avenue rounded out the honorary board.  Boutique chairman Faith Morford put together a lovely Mimosa Hour event for the more than 225 guests on hand to celebrate with the organization, which has entered its second century of service to the public.


Event Founder: Suzy Minkoff (Lady Lung)

Chairmen: Gail Worth * Ari Rifkin

Fashion Showcase Chairs: Judi Richards and Soula Rifkin

Humanitarian of the Year:  Dr. Elizabeth Bowden

Auction Chairs: Faith Morford

Honorary International Chair:  Hermé deWyman Miro

Honorary National Chairs: David & Rhoda Chase * Lois Pope * Sieglinde Wikstrom

Corporate Chairs: Kaufmann de Suisse Jewelers* Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach

Media Sponsor:   Palm Beach Society Magazine

Event Sponsors and Patrons: Arthur E. Benjamin, Elizabeth Bowden, Arlette Gordon, Hermé deWyman Miro, Connie Frankino, Peter Kelliher, Stacey Levy, Richard McCready, Suzy Minkoff,  Lee & Jeannine Morris, Rev. Barbara Nielsen, Lois Pope, Judi Richards, Ari Rifkin, Soula Rifkin, Gail Worth, Ashley John Galleries,  Patty Myura for the Eleanor Patterson Reeves Foundation, Kaufmann de Suisse, the JFK Medical Center Foundation, MacKenzie Childs, Palm Beach Society.

Benefiting: The American Lung Association of Florida’s educational programs and services as well as funding life-saving research and life-impacting advocacy for a clean air and healthy environment.  The Lungs 4 Life program reaches thousands of local students each year with a smoke-free message; while our Open Airways, Asthma Friendly Schools, Boggy Creek Asthma Camp and Emergency Financial Assistance Programs help children and families cope with the debilitating effects of asthma. The American Lung Association is very proud of its Lung Cancer Initiative and of the dollars it raises for critical research projects.


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