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Beautiful Purses, Beautiful Ladies, & a Beautiful Cause

By Toni Brown



The Alliance for Women & Children held its 6th Annual Purse Auction at the Abilene Country Club on Thursday, April 15, 2010. So, how does the Purse Auction work? Ladies from our community as well as local vendors donate new and gently used purses for the event to be sold in a live and a silent auction. This year 16 purses were auctioned live thanks to our MC’s HC Zachry and State Representative Susan King. Approximately 100 purses were sold in the silent auction.{{more}}“This event was a huge success! We are so thankful to the Abilene Country Club, our donors, our participants, and to HC and Susan for helping make the Purse Auction such a fabulous event,” says Alliance for Women & Children Event Chair, Sara Trammell.With 200 women in attendance, this event brought in a little more than $25,000 to empower women and children in the Abilene and surrounding community through four programs: Alliance After School Care, Women’s Health Awareness, A-Teens, and Women’s Economic Empowerment. “The women and children we serve were very blessed by the women of our community who came out to the Purse Auction and made donations to further the mission of the Alliance,” says Toni Brown, Executive Director.There were several high end purses auctioned off at the event, including a Botkier purse donated directly from the designer, a Mary Frances bag donated by Laura’s Boutique, an Eric Javits bag donated by Collections II, a Jimmy Crystal bag donated by Barnes & Williams Drug Center, a Far Nine bag donated by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and a Mary Frances bag donated by our 2010 Fall Luncheon speaker Mamie McCullough.Also auctioned was a Beijo purse donated by Barbara Sartain which has been well traveled. This breast cancer awareness pink ribbon donned purse was bid on by Mrs. Sartain last year and through the course of the last twelve months, the purse traveled to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and was photographed with the Dyess Air Force Base C-130 pilot, visited the Pink Heals Fire Truck tour from Arizona when it stopped in Abilene, the Hardin-Simmons White Horses, was recently auctioned by State Representative Susan King & H. C. Zachry, and has made many other famous friends. Many generous sponsors helped with the success of the Purse Auction. Special thanks to Mrs. Robert Patton, Christian Valet, Natural Food Center, Abilene Country Club, Barnes & Williams Drug Center, our table & ticket purchasers, our purse donors, the Honorable Susan King, H.C. Zachry, and the Alliance for Women & Children Board of Directors. Thanks for our special table decorations to The Arrangement, Baack’s Florists, Gary’s Floral Design, Jordan Taylor, Lucile’s Flowers and Gifts, and Philpott Florists.This year’s Purse Auction also included a raffle. The prize for the raffle winner was a gift certificate for dinner for two at Rancho Loma Restaurant, a two nights’ stay at Hord’s Creek Ranch, and a beautiful piece of luggage donated by Village Boutique. The winner of the raffle was Ms. Sherilyn Hanks.The Alliance for Women & Children empowers women and families and embraces ethnic diversity through programs designed to promote well being, self-sufficiency and future success. “We plan to continue to host the Purse Auction for many years to come. It is a very successful and fun event for the women of Abilene to participate,” states President of the Board of Directors Susan Robinson, “and keep us in mind this year as you clean out your closets – we are always accepting donations of your retired bags!”Donations of new and gently used purses, wallets, diaper bags, etc can be made to the Alliance for Women & Children by bringing them to the office located at 1350 N. 10th in Abilene or call 325-677-5321 for details. You can also support the Alliance for Women & Children by joining as a member! Go to our website or e-mail us at for details!

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