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October 15, 2012

Handbags for Hope returns to benefit Beacon of Hope

INDIANAPOLIS — You never know what you’ll find when you attend Beacon of Hope’s annual Handbags for Hope event. This year’s event is from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Country Club of Indianapolis, 2801 Country Club Road.

Purse registration is from 11 to 11:50 a.m. with a luncheon at noon and a live auction from 1 to 3 p.m.

Beacon of Hope works to raise funds and awareness for domestic violence victims. Executive Director Terry Moore said they’ve seen a spike in crisis calls this month, indicating an increased need.

“Personally, this is my favorite event that we do all year,” Moore said of the purse auction. “I love having all the women, and yes, some men, come to the purse auction and watching their faces just light up when the beautiful purses come out.”

The format is a unique one to them. BOH has male models showcase the purses, which are then bid on. The caveat is that each purse is full of items such as gift certificates, money, jewelry, tickets, and more but bidders have no idea what’s in the purse they bid on until they win and take it home.

“It’s exciting and unique,” Moore said. “Women bring a gently used or new purse and fill it with items they think other women would want. I bought a very nice purse last year and it had a 12-pack of nice, votive candles in it. In the past, I’ve had jewelry.”

Over the years, BOH has had several local celebrities model the purses. This year’s headlining celebrity model is J.D. Cannon from country music station Hank FM. Wayne Township Trustee Andy Harris and members of the Wayne Township Fire Department will also model purses.

Though the event is a fun one, Moore says the goal of the afternoon is never far from the minds of those attending.

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