“We will have a guest speaker, a domestic violence survivor of Beacon of Hope,” Moore said. “Domestic violence used to be the number one best kept secret. But organizations like Beacon of Hope, Sheltering Wings, the Julian Center, the Salvation Army, and other wonderful domestic violence service providers are out working pretty much 24/7 to bring awareness to the community.”
She noted that there is no consistency to the month to month numbers of domestic violence, but she did offer a reason as to why she expects more calls in the coming weeks.
“September was definitely slower, but October has been a very busy month for Beacon of Hope,” Moore said. “Every month it can differ. The fall break that the children are on right now, it could cause an increase in calls because the men are at work and so forth, so the women are going to try to make their moves.”
Which, Moore says, is why fundraisers like Handbags for Hope are essential.
“All proceeds go to Beacon of Hope to move our programs further along,” she said. “Without the generous support of people attending our events, (we) would struggle to improve our programs. There is so much buzz right now about this purse auction. We just make it a very fun event for women to come to, and when they get their invites in the mail the next year, they’re excited to come back.”
The event typically has about 160 people attend. There are a few spots available, and registration ends Nov. 2.
Moore said they’re especially grateful to PNC Bank, which this year provided a platinum sponsorship that will help offset the cost of the event.
There will also be a raffle, with prizes including a stay at the Renaissance Hotel in Carmel and breakfast the following morning at Grille 39.