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POTP2You can exercise the power of your purse to help those in need at the 7th Annual Power of the Purse Fundraiser, April 22, from 6pm to 9pm, at the College Station Hilton.

Power of the Purse is an annual fundraising event benefitting Easter Seals East Texas, also known as the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center and Early Childhood Intervention program. The event will include a live auction, a silent auction, a raffle, photo booth, food, and a cash bar.

“Power of the Purse has become a signature event in our community, one to which many look forward,” says Carol Binzer, chair of the board of directors for Easter Seals.

Auctioned handbags will include a variety from top designers like Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Coach. The auction will also include many other options, including jewelry, furniture, luxury services, and more. There will be items for the man in your life as well, says Binzer.

“Once again, the auction models will be military veterans, some of whom are students at Texas A&M University. They add a wonderful dimension to the support of this cause and bring enthusiasm to the bidding,” says Binzer.

Last year’s fundraiser raised approximately $42,000.

POTPThis year’s key sponsors include Davis and Davis Lawyers, Dealers Lighting, Commerce National Bank, Kristi Fox Satsky, Realtor of Century 21 Beal, and Bubba Moore Memorial Group, among others.

“The needs of Brazos Valley continue to outpace the resources, both in terms of people that need care, as well as the 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 nonprofit 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. Early Childhood Intervention helps infants ages 0-3 and their families.

“It is our lucky 7th year, so support for Power of the Purse is most appreciated and really helps the children in the Brazos Valley,” says Binzer. “You know you are having fun, but you are doing something charitable and supporting our community at the same time”

For ticket information, contact Carol Binzer (979) 412-1025, or visit PoPBCS.com. For more information about the BVRC/ECI visit www.east-texas.easterseals.com.

WHAT Power of the Purse

WHEN Friday, April 22, 6pm to 9pm

WHERE College Station Hilton

HOW Tickets $25; call Carol Binzer at (979) 412-1025, go to PoPBCS.com