Support our neighbors experiencing homelessness at “Power of the Purse Virtual Purse Auction” November 19 –December 13, 2020


Sponsors, donations and participants sought for first ever Virtual Purse Auction to benefit Harford Family House.

For 10 years, Harford Family House has been presenting a Purse Auction to raise funding to support Harford County’s most vulnerable citizens. After taking a brief hiatus, the event is returning this year, just in time for holiday shopping! Rather than being an in-person event, this year, the event will be completely online, allowing the community to shop and bid on auction items any time of day or night from the convenience of their own home. All proceeds from the event will help families and young adults in the community on their journey to independence.

The community is invited to shop online for a cause at the annual Power of the Purse Virtual Purse Auction event. Bidding for all items will open at 5 PM on November 19, 2020 and will close at 8 PM on December 13. Interested shoppers can visit our auction website: starting immediately to set up an account. Shoppers 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- the only thing needed is access to the internet! The event is being presented by Saxon’s Diamond Centers with all proceeds benefitting 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. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and can be purchased using the link above or by contacting Heather at [email protected]

The event kicks off virtually on Thursday November 19th. Tune in all day on Facebook for a sneak peek. The virtual auction will go live at 5 PM.

Over the past ten years, The Hope in Handbags Purse Auction raised $192,000 to support Harford County’s most vulnerable citizens. The event will look a little different this year. Instead of being a live event over two days, it will be a virtual auction. It will be easier than ever to bid on purses no matter where you are. Bidding will remain open until December 13th at 8 PM, giving you plenty of time to bid on the purse of your dreams.

This year there will be celebrity purses donated by: The Ladies of WJZ, including Kristy Breslin, Denise Koch, and Linh Bui; Pat and Paige Boyle; Mary Hastler and many others. We will feature some designer purses including Coach, Dooney and Bourke, and Kate Spade. Many of the purses will be stuffed full of a variety of items to pique the interest of everyone! Bidders will have the opportunity to “buy it now” if they see something they can’t live without. All items will be available for pick-up at Harford Family House, or delivery can be arranged locally. For a small shipping fee, items can also be shipped out of the area.

The organization’s CEO Robin Tomechko says, “This event allows the community to do some holiday or personal shopping while providing the critical financial support needed to help our neighbors on the path to independence. It costs just $25 to provide a single night of housing to a parent or child in need, so it’s easy to see the impact that funds raised from this event will have on helping the those in our community who are experiencing homelessness.”

For more information on sponsorship call 410-273-6700 or visit

About Harford Family House (

Harford Family House, Inc. assists families with children and unaccompanied young adults achieve independency through housing, support and resources dedicated to improving the financial stability and mental wellbeing of its clients experiencing homelessness. It was established in 1989 and is the largest organization in Harford County providing services to our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

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