Archive for May, 2011

What a wonderful event we had last night at the Ralph Lauren store at Highland Park Village!  The store looked beautiful, with incredible displays, fab outfits and must-have home accessories displayed everywhere!  The turnout was terrific, with lots of longtime friends of The Wilson Foundation as well as many new ones too.  Trisha signed many, many copies of her book, Spectacular Hotels, and guests sipped champagne while shopping for everything from handbags to mens shirts (love the new gingham shirts in bright summer colors!), to items for the home.

Heartfelt thanks to our special friends at Ralph Lauren – Dana Guercio, Jay Hamby and the rest of the HP Village personnel, and to Lyndsie Jackson who came in from Chicago for the event.  The party was wonderful in every way and we are honored to be associated with Ralph Lauren.  Thanks again to everyone who attended.

Dana Guercio of Ralph Lauren, with Trisha Wilson and Tori Mannes

Official party photos will be posted on our Facebook page soon!

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For all our design industry friends and supporters who will be attending the HD Expo + Conference in Las Vegas next week:

I wanted to let you all know that I will be speaking at Hospitality Design magazine’s booth  on Wednesday, May 18 at 2:00 pm on “Philanthropy and Business – Why it Matters Now.”

The Wilson Foundation supports programs for disadvantaged children in rural South Africa.


Trisha Wilson, CEO and Founder of Wilson Associates, established The Wilson Foundation in 1997 with a two-fold motivation: to provide opportunities for an education and a better future to extremely disadvantaged children, and to provide some balance to the world of luxury, beauty and privilege in which she and her employees worked every day.

“My employees and I have been blessed to work with some of the most beautiful and luxurious products and properties in the world, and it’s sometimes easy to forget there are children out there who have no parents, no education, and no opportunities,” Wilson says. “Through The Wilson Foundation, we and our industry partners and friends focus on these forgotten children, to give them hope and help.”

Social responsibility is part of the corporate culture at Wilson Associates, and I am thrilled to discuss this important topic as part of HD Magazine’s annual ‘HD Salon.’  The HD booth will be located on the upper level, Sands lobby, adjacent to the Radical Innovation Exhibit—Mosaic on the concourse.

Please stop by to say hello — I will have giveaways for all our friends!

Hope to see you there!

Tori Mannes, Executive Director

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