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Ronald McDonald House holds the 6th annual “Purses for Purpose etc."

Jun 2, 2011

On June 2, 2011, the Ronald McDonald House held the 6th annual “Purses for Purpose etc." The event took place at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth, Maine and consisted of a silent auction, a delicious luncheon and a much-anticipated live auction.

On June 2, 2011, the Ronald McDonald House held the 6th annual “Purses for Purpose etc." The event took place at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth, Maine and consisted of a silent auction, a delicious luncheon and a much-anticipated live auction. Over 300 guests laughed along with the comedy of Karen Morgan, who doubled as the live auctioneer for items ranging from beautiful high-end handbags to a week-long stay in Aruba. The event raised over $35,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Portland, and it couldn’t have been such a great success without dedicated volunteers and the generous donors. As guests arrived, they immediately began scouring the silent auction items which consisted of almost 200 purses of all variations, and other fun items for those looking for something different. All items were donated by caring businesses and local community members, including Seabreeze Property Services who donated services to create an annual or perennial garden, a $500 value.

Following the silent auction, the women retreated to the patio for lunch and entertainment. Robin Chibroski, Executive Director of the House welcomed and thanked everyone before Karen Morgan took the stage. The first live auction item, “Give a Night,” was a huge success. For this item, anyone who would like to donate $60, which is the average cost for a family to stay one night at the House, was able to raise their bid number to do so. The items of larger value were auctioned off next, ending with a Giorgio Armani purse that was donated by Glenn Close.

(story courtesy of Ronald McDonald House)