Shop, Snack, Sip and Help those Experiencing Homelessness at “Hope in Handbags-Silent Purse Auction & Retail Sale” September 8th-9th




Purse donations and sponsors sought for ninth annual fundraiser
to benefit Harford Family House.


The community is invited to shop, snack and sip for a cause at the ninth annual Hope in Handbags event September 8th-9th, 2017 at the Bel Air Armory (37 N. Main St., Bel Air, Md.). Attendees can bid on new designer bags and other items, plus shop a selection of never used or gently used handbags being sold for a fraction of their retail cost, all while enjoying refreshments (Friday only), music, and other activities provided by local vendors. The event is sponsored by Saxon’s Diamond Centers and all proceeds will benefit Harford Family House, the local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with children and unaccompanied young adults in Harford County who are experiencing homelessness.


The event kicks off on Friday September 8th from 6pm-8:30pm at the Bel Air Armory. For a donation of $10, attendees get the first chance to shop for designer handbags, and win door prizes, while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a wine tasting, and can shop the vendor tables. On Saturday, September 9th, doors at the Armory will be open from 10am to 3pm and admission is free.


In addition to the auction and purchases, attendees can support Harford Family House and take a chance to win a stunning Michele Watch, valued at over $1800, donated by Saxon’s Diamond Centers. Second prize for the raffle is a Dooney & Bourke Ravens handbag, valued at $198, donated by Boscovs. Raffle tickets will be on sale before and during the event for only $10. Call 410-273-6700 for additional information.


Last year more than $28,000 was raised for Harford Family House as shoppers chose from more than 1,000 donated purses, including popular brands such as Coach, Dooney & Bourke, and Vera Bradley. Some items were valued at up to $1,000 each, but pricing for some was as low as just $1. All bags are donated by local stores, celebrities and sponsors, and some come stuffed with goodies and are available via silent auction. All silent auction items also have a “Buy It Now” price too, in case attendees see a purse they cannot live without.



Saxon’s Diamond Center is once again the title sponsor for this year’s Hope in Handbags, and Harford Family House is actively seeking other sponsors to join Saxon’s with financial donations, donations of purses, and other items to stuff the auction purses.


The organization’s CEO, Robin Tomechko says, “This will be the ninth year of the event. If you have been before, you know how much fun it can be to shop for a new-to-you purse at bargain prices. If you’ve never attended, this is the year to come out and join us! All proceeds go to support families, children and unaccompanied young adults in their journey from homelessness to independence and self-sufficiency. We are grateful for the fabulous committee of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to bring this event to life and we look forward to seeing you at the Bel Air Armory on September 8th or 9th!”



For more information on sponsorship or for details about where to drop off your donated handbags, call 410-273-6700 or visit


About Harford Family House (

Harford Family House is the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County. Other programs include HUD Supportive Housing for homeless families where one family member has a disability, Rapid Rehousing, and Ready by 21, a program to support unaccompanied young adults ages 18-21 who are involved with the foster care system. Clients are provided with a fully furnished apartment or house and receive case management services and referrals to partner agencies to move them from homelessness and despair to hope and independence.

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