By Wendy Elliott
Tickets are going fast for the third annual Handbags for Habitat Event on Jan. 24 and some of the excitement is due to a surprise find.
Recently, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville donated several handbags to Habitat for Humanity's fundraising auction. One of the organizers, Karen Turner was having a quick peek at some of the purses and noticed a paper in a clutch bag.
“I looked to see what it said,” she noted. “It was a receipt with basically nothing on it – probably a prop.”
Then turner noticed something shiny inside the pocket. It was a gold X ring from St. FX with a name engraved on it.
“Lo and behold it was my daughter’s friend’s mother’s name. I contacted her and she said she lost it a year ago.”
Janet Westhaver had been acting in a play at CentreStage. Realizing she had her university ring on, she remembers taking it off and putting it in the bag.
Then Westhaver totally forgot about it. Thinking it was gone, she was getting ready to order a whole new ring.
Turner said she “dropped by this afternoon to pick up her ring. Needless to say, she was ecstatic!"
Friday, Jan. 24, new and gently used handbags will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Habitat for the Humanity NS Annapolis Valley Project.
There will be some great designer bags up for grabs, promises organizer Belinda Manning and lots of other beautiful handbags, prizes and a raffle.
More than 150 women attended last year to battle for 186 bags. Manning said the efforts of Habitat volunteers are important because of the poverty level in the Valley.
She said figures collected by Atlantic Health Promotion Research indicate 16.5 per cent of Valley residents earn between $20,000 and $30,000 annually.
“We have the second highest rate of food bank usage in the province,” Manning noted and the “second highest food costs in Nova Scotia.”
Proceeds will go toward the construction of new semi detached housing for two families on donated land in North Kentville.
Admission is $15 per person for an evening of fun, food and the live purse auction. The event will be located once again at the Louis Millett Community Complex in New Minas.
“It’s been extremely popular,” Manning said. “I hope everyone will turn out for this unique event.
She added that more volunteers to help organize the auction would be welcome, especially for the food service and favours. There are also plans afoot to partner with Chrysalis House during the event
Ticket information is available by calling 679-0644. Tickets can also be obtained by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The viewing will start at 6:30 p.m. Snow day is Jan. 31.