By Cassidy Tyrone
Power of the Purse is an annual fundraising event benefitting the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center. Catered to those with a passion for fashion, Power of the Purse hosts a designer handbag auction.
The sixth annual Power of the Purse fundraiser will be held April 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the College Station Hilton. The event will include a live auction, a silent auction, a raffle, food and a cash bar.
Carol Binzer, chair of the board of directors for Easter Seals, says when Power of the Purse was being established it had to compete with charity events that had already become a tradition in the community.
“We were looking to capture a different audience, so we aimed it more at women,” says Binzer. “We had joked about women and purse strings and that’s how the idea came about.”
Auctioned handbags will include a variety from Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Vince Camuto, Vera Bradly, and Coach. The auction will also include jewelry, designer sunglasses, wallets, furniture, and more. Due to high demand, items for the man in your life will also be available, says Binzer.
“Some of the same women come each year and bring the purse they won last year,” says Binzer.
This year’s auction models will be veterans from Delta Company at Texas A&M University. Binzer expects them to ham it up even more than the male purse models did last year.
“The veterans did a very good job amping up the enthusiasm for the auction items,” says Binzer.
Last year’s fundraiser raised approximately $30,000.
This year’s five key sponsors include Davis and Davis Lawyers, Dealers Lighting, Commerce National Bank, ANCO Insurance and Kristi Fox Satsky, Realtor of Century 21 Beal. Additional sponsors include Wells Fargo Bank, The Bank and Trust, Montelongo’s Jewelry, and members of the community.
“The needs of Brazos Valley have grown significantly, both in terms of people that need care as well as the shrinking amount of dollars that go to charitable giving and medical reimbursements,” says Binzer.
Fundraisers like Power of the Purse help compensate for this growing disparity.
BVRC is a non-profit outpatient treatment facility dedicated to the mission of helping people with disabilities lead independent lives. Physical, occupational and speech therapy and an Autism program are available at the center. BVRC is the only local source of charitable rehabilitation for children.
“It is much appreciated and really does help the children in the Brazos Valley area,” says Binzer. “You know you are having fun, but you are doing something charitable and good at the same time”
For ticket information, contact Carol Binzer (979) 412-1025, or find them on Facebook as the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center.
For more information about the BVRC visit www.east-texas.easterseals.com.
Power of the Purse
April 24, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
College Station Hilton
Tickets $40; call Carol D. Binzer at (979) 412-1025 or on Facebook as the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center