Jennifer Willoughby to be guest speaker at YWCA Old Bags Luncheon

GREENWICH, CT, 12 April 2018: Today, YWCA Greenwich announced that Jennifer Willoughby will be the guest speaker at the 13th Annual YWCA Old Bags Luncheon that will take place on Thursday, May 10 at the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich. Ms. Willoughby is the ex-wife of White House staffer, Rob Porter, who was fired after allegations of domestic abuse were made public. In her essay, “Why I Stayed,” Ms. Willoughby writes about her experience in an abusive relationship and the complexities that kept her from leaving. 
 
“We are delighted to have Jennie join us at our annual YWCA Old Bags Luncheon,” said Meredith Gold, Director of YWCA Domestic Abuse Services. “She is an inspiration to thousands of women who suffer in silence at the hands of their abusers.”
 
Proceeds from this highly successful, one-of-a-kind event exclusively benefit domestic violence victims and their children in the Greenwich community.  The Old Bags Luncheon features both live and silent auctions of new and gently used designer handbags donated by manufacturers, retailers, and individuals. Among the auction items, this year are handbags by Hermes, Dior, Saint Laurent, LAUTREC, and Chanel. Participating retailers this year include Neiman Marcus, Richards of Greenwich, Hobbs of London, Theory, and Dior at Americana Manhasset. Scott Mitchell of Richards will serve as auctioneer.
 
“In its 13th year, the Old Bags Luncheon is an especially meaningful event for YWCA Greenwich,” said YWCA President and CEO, Mary Lee Kiernan, “All the proceeds support the vital work of YWCA Domestic Abuse Services, an important component of our mission to empower women.”
 
YWCA Greenwich provides critical support to local victims of domestic violence, and all YWCA services for victims of abuse are provided free of charge. Domestic violence remains the number one violent crime in the community, and last year the YWCA received thousands of calls to its 24/7 hotline. Domestic abuse services include crisis intervention, safety planning, group and individual counseling for adults and children, emergency shelter, and civil and criminal court advocacy. This spring, YWCA Greenwich will launch a Civil Legal Clinic, which will provide free legal services to victims being served by the YWCA who don’t have the assets or access to their finances to pay for legal representation.  
 
YWCA Greenwich also provides training to the police, healthcare workers and other professionals, like hair stylists and lawyers, as well as prevention programs with youth to mitigate the cycle of abuse. 
 
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, call the YWCA hotline at 203-622-0003.
 
For more information about the Old Bags Luncheon, go to www.ywcagreenwich.org/bags or contact Jackie Stam at j.stam@ywcagreenwich.org or 203-869-6501, ext. 102.