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Laurie Bell contributes product to UN Women fundraiser

Garden venue designed for Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival

Sarasota, Fla. – Outdoor textiles and soft accessories manufacturer Laurie Bell was among the participants who designed an outdoor garden venue at the 15th annual Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival fundraiser.

The festival was held in support of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, a nonprofit that “supports the mission of UN Women and social, political, and economic equality for women and girls around the world,” according to the organization’s website.

Vintage Porch Swings , Circus City Architectural Salvage , Design Services Sarasota and Laurie Bell created a designer outdoor garden venue and donated a portion of proceeds from products on display during the event to benefit the Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women.

The fundraiser and reception were a part of the Through Women’s Eyes partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival, held April 4-13 in Sarasota, Fla. Laurie Jenkins, co-owner and designer of Laurie Bell, worked with the event coordinators to add the outdoor element to the reception as well as to secure the participating companies.

“The Sarasota Film Festival is a major event in Sarasota and one that draws a great deal of international attention and awareness to our area as well as worthy causes,” Jenkins said. “As I have admired the work of the UN Women’s organization, I was excited to be working with them and the other fine companies selected for display to not only bring awareness to the group’s work, but also to create a platform with financial benefit.”

The outdoor portion of the festival’s filmmaker reception was located at the Sarasota City Center Building, hosted by Osprey Management. The event included music by international movie score composer Rex Willis and refreshments.

“Laurie was instrumental in giving this event another dimension that was enjoyed by everyone,” said Abigail Shearer Robinson, co-chair of the event and board member of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women. “The event exceeded our goals and set a new benchmark due in part to the addition of the outdoor element.” Shearer Robinson’s event co-chair was Virginia Hitchcock.

The participating design companies donated artwork, park benches, a day bed and soft accessories to decorate the space. The products were available for sale to the patrons and filmmakers in attendance.

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