From Harford Family House:
On September 17th, 18th and 19th, a Silent Purse Auction entitled HOPE IN HANDBAGS, was held at the Bel Air Armory on Main Street.
Twenty-four thousand dollars was raised, after expenses and the profits will be shared equally by three organizations who are Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU), Harford Family House, Inc. and Harford Habitat for Humanity.
These organizations are partnering to highlight the continuum of care they provide to those in need of housing in Harford County. FCCAU offers a night shelter and day program to homeless men and women. Harford Family House offers a one-year transitional housing program to homeless families with children, and Harford Habitat for Humanity sells houses to those in need of affordable homes.
The event featured over 2,000 new and gently used designer and celebrity handbags. The auction bags were stuffed with gift certificates, tickets to events and other desirable items. Others handbags were sold cash and carry. All of the handbags were donated by local businesses and individuals and included Coach, Vera Bradley, Miche and other designer purses. Admission to the event was free and shoppers had three days to bid on their favorite items or purchase discounted handbags at the cash and carry section.
$9,000 of the funding raised was in the form of sponsorships from the following Companies and individuals:
Friends of Hope in Handbags
Evening Purse Sponsor:
Harford Financial Group
Laurel Bush Family Dentistry
Shoulder Bag Sponsor:
Harford Community College
Harford Mutual Insurance Company
Point Breeze Credit Union
Rapid Refill Ink
Beach Bag Sponsor:
Bel Downtown Alliance
Homestead Handyman Services
Madison Square Federal Savings Bank
Slavie Financial Services
In Memory of Nancy E. Fink from the Treherne Family
The Purse Auction committee was made up of more than 20 women including Donna Gustafsson and Bev Smith co-chairmen, all of whom contributed to the success of the event.
The 2010 Honorary Chairperson and featured speaker at the events opening was Laurie DeYoung of WPOC radio.
Handbags will be collected throughout the coming year for the 2011 event and new committee members are welcome.
For more information please call Joyce Duffy at 410-273-6700.