Linda Deveau and Gayle Lunn (from Toronto) pose with armfuls of purses they purchased at last Saturday’s Purses for Wishes event at the Comfort Inn. The sale raised $5,115 for the Children’s Wish Foundation.
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The Purses for Wishes fundraising sale for the Children’s Wish Foundation on April 5 was a “huge success” and raised $5,115, says the foundation's Yarmouth coordinator Jean Doucette.
The event, which featured at least 1,200 donated purses, took place in several packed rooms at the Comfort Inn. Purses ranged in price from $5 to $25.
“The ladies were all smiles as they paid for their treasures,” said Doucette.
Most of the women didn’t stop at one. Linda Deveau left with nearly a dozen purses but says she was buying for a couple of girlfriends in mind.
“No one was believing me,” she laughed.
She described the afternoon as a fun affair with shoppers laughing, talking and passing purses around to each other.
“I think everyone was there in the spirit of the fundraiser and expected it to be chaotic. Everyone sort of followed the little conga line through the rooms,” she said.
In response to a frequently heard question, Doucette says the sale will now likely become an annual event.
“In the end, despite the crowd, everyone was saying how much fun they had and even the rain didn't put a damper on things,” she said.