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Handbags raise $110,000

A customer finds a purse she is interested in.Photo by Sydney Fong

A customer finds a purse she is interested in.Photo by Sydney Fong

Annual event supports Salvation Army programs for women and children in the Sacramento area.

The Salvation Army Del Oro Division Women’s Auxiliary hosted its ninth annual “Helping Handbags” luncheon and auction Oct. 19 at the Lions Gate McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, Calif.

With nearly 600 in attendance, the fundraiser grossed over $110,000. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Army’s programs for women and children in the Sacramento area.

More than 1,300 designer handbags, gently-used purses and other donations were auctioned.

Kitty O’Neal, radio personality from KFBK, emceed the event, with News10’s Siemny Chhuon and Darla Givens and the current Miss Sacramento County Ashley Newman serving as celebrity live auction models.

“I came for the fun, excitement, the purses and the charity itself,” said attendee Dossandra Lazar. “It’s nice to be with a group of ladies and see all the wonderful items here, and it’s all for a good cause. I can do this all day.”

The Women’s Auxiliary is a Salvation Army program made up of local business women who believe in the mission of The Salvation Army and volunteer time and financial support to develop fundraising events.

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