Linda Richardson Makes Fashion and Philanthropy Go Hand in Hand

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Linda Richardson

Philanthropist, Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, and host of the 15th annual Fashion Show luncheon at Spago on November 17.

Why do philanthropy and fashion go so well together?

Fashion is highly relatable to our guests, and it’s a perfect mix of showcasing upcoming trends while benefiting their charity of choice. Make-A-Wish has granted several fashion wishes, like Milene’s wish to be a fashion designer. She created two amazing looks and had her very own fashion show.

How do you select the perfect outfit every year?

I typically wear something from the designer presenting at our luncheon, and this year it’s Pucci. Pucci hosted an at-home shopping event where it graciously donated a percentage of sales back to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. In the past, we partnered with Fendi, Valentino and Oscar de la Renta.

It is so nice to see everyone dressed up for a good cause. What is the best part of the luncheon for you?

My favorite part is meeting the Wish Kids and their families, but also witnessing friends, old and new, gathering together for an organization that is so near and dear to my heart. It’s like going to lunch with your girlfriends; the only difference is we’re raising a substantial amount of money for a great cause.

What is your greatest wish this holiday season?

My ultimate wish this holiday season, and really throughout the year, is to teach my grandchildren the importance of giving back. I also want my husband to buy me a New York City apartment, but that’s not nearly as important as my grandchildren giving back.

How many wishes do you make come true a year?

The luncheon raises enough money to grant more than 30 wishes each year. My husband and I have been supporting Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada for more than 20 years, and each year it becomes more meaningful to our family.

What is the best wish you’ve heard?

My favorite story is Natalia’s wish to warm people from the inside out. She worked with a celebrity chef to create a one-of-a-kind soup inspired by all her favorite ingredients. Once the soup was to her liking, she went to a nearby shelter to feed the homeless and give away blankets. This story embodies selflessness and truly inspires me every day.

When did you first fall in love with fashion?

The moment the fashion industry inspired my daughter, Melissa, who chased her dream to open her own store. Fashion has always been a passion of mine since the moment I could buy my own clothes, but it truly won over my heart when it gave my daughter such joy.

Richardson is wearing a Valentino dress, Chanel necklaces and Cartier bracelets.