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Up, Up and Away!

| July 30, 2013 | Parties National

THE PARTY The city’s fairer sex gathered for an empowering red-carpet luncheon and afternoon of power networking at The Beverly Hilton. The occasion toasted philanthropic and professional accomplishments, honoring Step Up teens, influencers and members alike. This year’s honorees included Trina Turk, Nina Jacobson and Julie Bowen. THE SCENE Following a networking meeting and a handbag and jewelry silent auction, the movers and shakers poured into the ballroom for a three-course lunch and plenty of tear-jerking moments. Step Up’s Class of 2013 took to the stage to announce their college acceptances and to share the impact of the program on their lives. The words were not lost on the audience; a television screen displayed the generous donations, totaling more than $65,000, texted by attendees throughout the event. THE HIGHLIGHTS “Before Sheryl Sandberg was telling women to ‘lean in,’ Kaye Popofsky Kramer was telling them to ‘step up,’” said Bowen during her acceptance speech, in admiration of the organization’s founder. Photography by Amy Tierney/Thrive Images


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