Etowah Scholarship Foundation puts purses up for auction to raise funds
by Jessica Loeding
Nov 03, 2012 | 1502 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Etowah Scholarship Foundation is putting it all in the bag Nov. 8 during its fifth annual All About the Bag fundraiser.

Set for 6 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, the foundation will auction off handbags and other items to raise money for scholarships available to college-bound Bartow County students.

“In addition to over 50 designer bags, we have wallets, fashion accessories, gift cards, gym memberships, hotel stays, yoga packages, dinners at local restaurants, custom designed jewelry, cosmetic enhancements, movie passes, etc.,” said Paige Miller, Etowah Scholarship Foundation executive director.

Billed as the premier “girls night out,” the event will feature both silent and live auctions, DJ entertainment by The Tom and Chad Show, heavy hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, cocktails for purchase and three designer bags, which will be raffled off at the end of the evening. Each raffle ticket is $10 and offers the chance to win either a Coach, a Kate Spade or a Cole Hahn bag.

“This is an extremely popular event amongst the female set and terrific for marketing purposes, not to mention a ton of fun,” Miller said. “In the past, we have made anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 on this event, and I imagine we will fall within that range this year.”

Event Chairman Laura Allgood said the fundraiser is a way for attendees to assist others in their educational pursuit.

“It’s a terrific opportunity to get together with your friends while supporting higher education for Bartow’s students. You can even start your Christmas shopping while helping others,” she said in a release.

For Miller, the community’s support is vital to the nonprofit’s success.

“The community’s support and monies earned from fundraising are everything to the foundation. We would not be here without the community’s support, and the monies raised at all of our events is what keeps our doors open and allows us to give scholarships to Bartow County’s students,” she said.

Two types of tickets are available: VIP tickets are $60 each and include a hors d’ouevres buffet, unlimited beverages, premier seating and a goodie bag with a commemorative champagne glass, samples, coupons and more. Standard tickets are $40 and include both food and non-alcoholic beverages. Tables of eight can be purchased for $400 a table.

For more information, call the Etowah Scholarship Foundation at 770-382-1757 or email Paige@etowah.org.