Mar 23, 2013 10:19 PM
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Gucci and Coach handbags will sit next to purses created out of recycled military boots and seatbelts during a northern Kentucky fundraiser next month to benefit people with special needs.
The creative fundraiser called Purses 4 A Purpose is being hosted by Julea Schuh and Judy VonHandorf to benefit The Point. The Covington company was founded in 1972 with a mission of providing people with special needs the right opportunities so that they can reach their potential educationally, residentially, socially and vocationally.
Schuh says she hopes to collect 500 handbags before the April 23 event in Wilder at the Marquise. She inventoried dozens earlier this month at The Point offices including a colorful vintage purse with fringes.
She said designer and designer-inspired purses will be available to up to 350 women at reasonable prices. In addition, the event will offer appetizers and fun.
"We will also have a few purses to raffle," Schuh said. "It's just an opportunity to have some girl time and to give back."
Judi Gerding, president of The Point, and development director Ted Kluemper said they also see the purse fundraiser as a way to reach potential future donors.
"There will be friends of The Point there and women invited by friends," Kluemper said. "We see this as an opportunity to share the services of The Point with women who may not know everything The Point offers."
Schuh said she got the idea after returning from a trip to New York.
"I brought back purses and everyone wanted to come over and see them," she said. "There is just something about purses."
She said similar events have been successful for other agencies and she thought it would be a potential "purse heaven" for those who attend the event.
"The venue only holds 350 people, so I expect it to sell out," Schuh said.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com
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