EL CENTRO – Women Of Virtue Empowerment Network (WOVEN) held their 3rd Annual Purse Auction Gala, Friday, April 12th, at the Old Eucalyptus School House in El Centro. The doors opened at 5:30 allowing attendees to peruse the silent auction items. Dinner followed and then the main event, the purse auction, began.
WOVEN Director, Stacie Chandler, welcomed her girlfriends to another evening of fun, faith, and fashion. Last year’s auction benefited WOVEN by raising enough money to help launch two women’s homes; one in Brawley and the other in El Centro. This year another WOVEN director, Betty Predmore, told the audience WOVEN hopes to get a much needed van for the homes’ transportation needs.
Various groups and individuals donated purses containing some ‘special’ treasures for auction. This year the bags ranged from a picnic basket filled with goodies from Mary Lynn’s Country Store to Gucci bags, Coach Bags, Michael Kors, and a hand crafted leather bag that won first prize at this year’s Mid-winter Fair. Each purse contained many hidden and not-so-hidden treasures. One Coach Purse had over $200.00 in gift cards to some lovely stores.
It is for a good cause and the ladies enjoyed biding while auctioneer Alexis Brown urged them to ‘up the bid’ a few more dollars. Everyone was reminded from time to time that WOVEN needed a van and that was the purpose of the evening.
Stacie Chandler read an ill Kelley Mendibles’s testimony and Maria Villalobos gave hers as these women shared what WOVEN is doing in the lives of women in our area. Anyone interested in helping WOVEN or participating in any of their programs may go to the WOVEN web site www.wovenwomen.org to read their mission statement and discovery their outreach.
A fun time was had by all. The dinner was excellent and the desserts were appropriately yummy. All the ladies in attendance are looking forward to next year’s 4th annual purse auction.