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Merrilyn Bardes and Tom Pilecki

Merrilyn Bardes and Tom Pilecki.
Photo: Lucien Capehart Photography





            (Palm Beach, FL) – An intimate gathering of Center for Creative Education (CCE) friends and supporters were dazzled with Verdura baubles, bangles and beads during a luncheon on January 29th.  Merrilyn Bardes opened her beautiful Palm Beach home in honor of CCE’s creative impact in Palm Beach County schools and treated a select 50 lucky guests to lunch and lessons from stylemakers Ward Landrigan, chairman of Verdura and Annette Tapert Allen, author of The Power of Style.  Landrigan and Tapert Allen spoke to guests about creating their own signature look.

            “Merrilyn was so gracious to host a fabulous luncheon for us,” said Tom Pilecki, executive director for CCE.  “Verdura’s pieces showcased during the luncheon were spectacular and one-of-a-kind treasures.  We are grateful for everyone’s generosity.”

            CCE is a not-for-profit educational organization that supports partnerships among schools, arts and cultural organizations, artists, community-based organizations, and human service providers.  CCE artists integrate the arts into academic curriculum and after school activities in Palm Beach County to help students learn in fun, creative ways.

            Verdura jewelry is based on original sketches by Duke Fulco di Verdura. Originally financed by Cole Porter and Vincent Astor, Verdura has operated in New York City since 1939. Verdura’s flagship salon is located at 745 Fifth Avenue. A selection of designs are also available at Verdura London; Bergdorf Goodman in New York; Neiman Marcus Atlanta, Beverly Hills and Houston and at Betteridge Jewelers in Greenwich and Palm Beach. For more information please visit:

            For more information on the Center for Creative Education, please call (561) 805-9927 or visit                                


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