The “Power of the Purse” Big Reveal: A Glimpse of Glamour before the Girls, Inc. Fundraiser

If you’re looking for that “one-of-a-kind” designer purse, then look no further than Girls, Inc.

Uniquely designed handbags show off their “purse-onality.” (Photo/Steve Babin)

To generate enthusiasm for the “Power of the Purse” fundraiser, members of the Girls, Inc., board and staff provided a sneak preview of six purses to be auctioned.

The “big reveal” was all that and then some: the black veils covering the purses were simultaneously lifted; revealing the glam-bags, each with its unique personality. Or, shall we say, “Purse-onality?”

“There’s so many people involved, it’s amazing,” said Patricia Lloyd, the public relations chair for the event and the public relations coordinator for Redstone Federal Credit Union. “Redstone has been a supporter of Girls, Inc., for decades and it’s no surprise that we were one of the first to say ‘yes’ to ‘Power of the Purse’.”

A dedicated group of 18 people created the six one-of-a-kind designer bags, all filled with an assortment of “experience” gifts. The purses will be auctioned to help raise funds for Girls, Inc. Here’s the formula for success: six girls, six designers, and six local “Purse-O-nalities.” The purses, “Purse-O-Nalities” and the designers are:

The beautiful purses will be auctioned for the Girls, Inc., fundraiser. (Photo/Steve Babin)

“Midnight Sensation”- Pammie Jimmar, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce; Willette Battle, Fit2BTied Couture

“Poppy Love”- Julie Lockwood, Van Valkenburgh/Wilkinson; Jeannie Vereen, Mill Village Wool

“Forget Me Not”- Randy Roper, Randy Roper Interiors; Ellena Smith, Alabama Fashion Alliance

“Forever Young”- Dr. Hayley DeGraaff, Advanced Life Clinic; Jessica Burger, Silver Screen Couture

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”- Dr. Pat Sims, J.F. Drake State Community; Technical College and Holli Kai, Kai’s Closet

“School Daze”- Abbiegail Hugine, Alabama A&M University; Denise Onwere, Denise Onwere Gallery

The event is March 19 at the Westin. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the POP-Up Boutique at 5:15.

The purses will be modeled at 6:15 with the auction to follow.

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