13th Annual Champagne & Purses – It’s All About the Kids ® Foundation

Over 120 women gathered on June 28, 2016, for a night downtown at the University Club atop the Symphony Towers. They were there to celebrate and support the 13th annual Champagne & Purses party, hosted by It’s All About the Kids ® Foundation and Partying for a Purpose. Proceeds from the event go towards helping teens gear up to attend prom this year at the Toussaint Academy.

Angela Brannon-Baptiste, founder of It’s All About the Kids Foundation® explained that the girls choose the donated items based off of their grades, with the “A” students having first pick. So, overlooking the San Diego skyline as the sunset, alongside a pile high of shoes and purses attendees brought to donate, guests enjoyed tastings from Henebery Celebrated Whiskey, St. Petersburg Vodka and wine, bubbly from Etching Expressions, food provided by The University Club, sultry music from DJ Scott Roberts, Eli Watusi and the standout sounds of sax man, Jason Whitmore.

The evening began with mingling and introductions, sampling desserts from Brilliant Treats, while guests could enter to win one of six main raffle prizes, or a gift from local SD vendors at the silent auction. Rachel Sweeny Lynnae Bowen, and Veronica Reyes from Mary Kay were also there, providing complimentary makeup application and consults, while guests laughed and partied, tried on hats by Linda Frodesen of The Hat Diva, and enjoyed themselves and the incredible view.

The ladies then took their seats for the annual Fashion Show, this year showcasing the glamorous creations of The Hat Diva! After the showcase, Angela recognized some influential women in the foundation and event co-hosts, giving special awards to Jeana Wallace, Annemarie Donaker, Jeanine Minervini and Deanna Smith. She gave them nods as not only stellar contributers, but also roll models, and exemplary ambassadors in the community.

It was a evening full of glamour, treats and laughter; raising funds for a worthy purpose- one that Henebery enthusiastically supports.

Thank you to every sponsor and vendor who contributed to the success of the evening, and of course thank you to Mrs. Angela Brannon-Baptiste for her honorable work, and yet another warm and fun event!

Sponsors & Vendors

It’s All About the Kids ® Foundation

Partying for a Purpose

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Bao Tu Timeless Permanent Makeup

The University Club atop Symphony Towers

Henebery Celebrated Whiskey

St. Petersberg Vodka

Etching Expressions

Brilliant Treats

The Hat Diva

Mary Kay- Rachel Sweeny, Lynnae Bowen, Veronica Reyes

DJ Scott Roberts

El Watusi

Jason Whitmore


Chris Brake Photography

The Empress SD – Event & Portrait Photography by Sarah McAllister