Harford Family House – Hope in Handbags Fundraiser – {Sept. 20-21, 2013}

HopeinHandbags2[Bel Air, Maryland] August 29, 2013—For those who can’t wait until the Saxon’s Diamond Centers Presents Hope in Handbags “Denim and Diamonds” preview event Thursday, September 19, at the Bel Air Armory, purses are already for sale on the event website at www.hopeinhandbags.com. Featured items include purses from Kathy Van Zeeland, Tignanello, Miche and Maurizio Taiuti stuffed with goodies like gift certificates, bath and body products and jewelry.

 If you’d rather peruse a dizzying array of purses live and in person, but don’t want to miss out on getting first dibs, don’t miss the preview night on September 19, where for a $5 donation you can be among the first to choose from an assortment of new and gently-used designer handbags available for sale or auction. From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. enjoy wine tastings courtesy of Mt. Felix Winery and music by professional singer/songwriter Melanie Ann Scheidle while you shop, or check out the selection of vendors including Mary Kay Cosmetics, Two Sisters, Kelly’s Scarves, Coffee Coffee and Devine Creations. The kick-off event, chaired by Merrie Street, coincides with the town of Bel Air’s monthly “Ladies Night Out,” and event organizers are encouraging attendees to pair jeans and “bling” for a fun-filled evening of shopping and friends.

 Saxon’s Diamond Centers Presents Hope in Handbags will continue at the Armory on Friday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 21, from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will feature handbags available for immediate purchase as well as silent auction purses donated by sponsors and stuffed with extras such as gift cards, jewelry, wine and spa products. All silent auction items will also feature a “Buy It Now” price for those who don’t want to chance missing out on a purse they love.

 Finally, raffle tickets will be available all three days of the event for a Michelle diamond watch valued at $1,245 and donated by Saxon’s Diamond Centers in Aberdeen, and a Brighton denim and leather handbag stuffed with extra gifts.

 All proceeds from the annual event will once again benefit Harford Family House, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting homeless families with children in Harford County. Every $25 raised will help one homeless mother, father or child for a night.

 According to Harford Family House executive director Joyce Duffy, Hope in Handbags is still seeking purse donations as well as local businesses to sponsor this year’s event. New or gently used purses can be dropped off at any of the following collection points: Curves of Bel Air or Whiteford, the Arena Club, Coldwell Banker, Exit Realty, all Freedom Federal Credit Union branches, Wonder Toys, Christopher J. Salon, Merle Norman, Harford Family House, Rapid Refill, Puppy Fashion Pet Boutique & Day Spa, Wonder Toys and the YMCA (see website for more details).

 “We look forward to another successful event and the opportunity to support homeless families in the Harford County community,” says Duffy. “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and vendor’s who have signed on to-date to support this year’s event, including title sponsor Saxon’s Diamond Centers, Dr. Horowitz, plastic surgeon, Jones Junction, Animal Emergency Hospital, Asset Management Services,  APGFCU, Haines Remodeling, IWIF, Harford Financial Group, Bev Smith-REMAX American Dream, UTOPIA, Freedom Federal Credit Union, Harford Artists Gallery, Key Title, PAIDON Products, Sengstacke & Evens, and Snee, Mahoney, Lutche and Helmlinger and vendors Mary Kay, Two Sisters, Kelly Scarves, Coffee Coffee, Mount Felix Vineyard and Winery and Divine Creations.”

 For additional sponsorship information, peruse special filled purses available exclusively on the website or find out more about any of the activities; visit the event website at www.hopeinhandbags.com.