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Purses with Purpose Charity Event

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Our club recently hosted its 2019 “Purses with Purpose Charity Event” at the Marina Inn Grande Dunes on April 4th. The club’s annual “Girls Night Out for Charity” raises money to give to local charities in the community.

Approximately 300 ladies and a few brave men were in attendance for the evening, which included a delicious buffet dinner and decadent desserts. The event featured a large silent auction with sixty-seven delightful gift baskets, and a very entertaining “live” auction with twenty-eight purses showcased by twenty-nine handsome local models!

The “Bubbles and Bling” raffle brought in a surprising $2400 alone. The “Bubbles” included a wheelbarrow with 80 bottles of wine donated by club members and the “Bling” included a Julie Vos Royal Crest bracelet, a bold David Yurman oval link bracelet donated by Reed’s Jewelers, an exquisite medallion necklace with matching hoops by Plunder Designs, a sleek David Aubrey necklace donated by Betty Cole and a modern silver pendant handcrafted by Master Jeweler, Geoffrey Girling.

Twenty eight large tables for twelve were delightfully decorated with pinkSilent Auction spring bouquets by Toni Phillips and her team of club members. Jeri McCumbee and Aaron Maynard co-emceed the program. Talented local singer, Marlisa Small, sang during the intermission. During the event, two large projection screens in the ball room displayed the club’s contributions and projects, sponsors, and images of the handbags.

The live auction began with a jaw-dropping Muscle Man Review, but the real show started with handsome male models prancing on stage with gorgeous designer handbags. They worked hard to drive up the bidding for their purse, flexing their muscles, completing hand stands and pushups, prancing and dancing, pleading and begging, and otherwise performing their run way antics quite well. Model Jim Wood gave a shag lesson to one lucky attendee during his time on stage.

Live auction purses were donated by prominent women, celebrities and businesses. Chip White, came into town to model sister Vanna White’s purse, a chic black leather Coakley shoulder bag.

Carla Williams, owner of Oscar’s Food and Spirits, donated a limited edition turquoise and cream Brahmin Duxbury handbag that brought a hefty price for charity.

Mayor Brenda Bethune’s, Myrtle Beach’s first female mayor, donated a stunning silver sequined, white satin evening bag. Our very own mayor, Marilyn Hatley, contributed a beautiful turquoise Dooney and Bourke zip satchel.

Myrtle Beach native and aspiring actress, Madison Iseman, sent a smart, light brown Michael Kors autographed cross body. Madison is an aspiring actress who played Bethany in the movie “Jumanji”, and her upcoming movie “Annabelle: Coming Home” will air in theaters in June 2019.

Ann Swain, a newcomer to our area, who retired from Calvin Klein, gave an extraordinary handsome Michael Kors limited edition brown distressed suede shoulder bag with 18kt gold plated buckles. Michael Kors only made three of these handbags and the club was delighted to have received this collectible handbag from Ms. Swain.

Hootie and the Blowfish donated an official “Monday After the Masters” Pro AM navy and gray backpack and two VIP tickets to all events were donated by the MAM Executive Board. Attendee, Tricia Kolb, was the winning bidder for the backpack and passes after an intense bidding battle.

Purses with Purpose ModelElliott Realty wowed bidders with its amazing yellow and python Brahmin Mini Francine Sunflower Astaire leather tote.

Wrenzie Rice, wife of Tom Rice US Representative, gave a stunning red Rebecca Minkoff hobo and Renee Hembree, wife of Greg Hembree, SC State Senator, donated a smart teal Kate Spade leather clutch which bidders loved.

The club also received a navy and white Brahmin Asher Tote and a gold Eric Javits evening bag from two anonymous donors, which generated aggressive bidding by attendees.

Seagreen Lawn Care provided a $500 Stashed Cash Giveaway. One purse which was bid on during the evening would come with the cash. The drawing was held at the end of the night and the Elliott Realty handbag, which Jessica Bell received the winning bid, also won the extra $500 cash. Lucky girl!

Jeri McCumbee, chairperson for the event says, “This was our seventh year hosting this special event and we continue to have overwhelming support from the community. We are blessed to have our top sponsors supporting us each year. Martin Heat and Air returned as our $3000 Title Sponsor and Elliott Realty signed up again as our $2500 Entertainment Sponsor. Touch Med Spa upgraded this year to the $2000 Signature Drink Sponsorship. Sandhills Bank (Program Sponsor), CENTURY 21 Thomas (Advertising Sponsor) and Coastal Carolina National Bank (Dessert Sponsor) participated once again at the $1500 sponsorship level.

Jeri McCumbeeThese sponsors combined with other generous sponsorships helped us raise over $67,000. This kind of success is only possible with the support of our sponsors, our purse contributors, the models, and our club members. And special thanks must go to the many businesses, who contributed items and services that helped us create over sixty-seven silent auction baskets which was the largest silent and the best silent auction we’ve had to date! To all the ladies who came and bid on the purses and silent auction items, we thank you so much. Your generosity allows us to give back to other charities.”

NMBWC LogoThe money raised will be awarded to organizations supporting youth & children, women, and others struggling in our community. Allocations are made during the spring and fall.  Check out our Contribution Page to see a list of recent contributions. Visit our Facebook Album of all images of the event.