Auction of purple purses to raise money for victim services

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — A scholarship auction is being held in Altoona on Wednesday night to help raise funds for victims and survivors of sexual abuse and assault.

The 5th Annual Purple Purse Fundraiser will be held at the Jaffa Shrine Center from 6-9 p.m., where guests can bid on different styles of handbags in a live auction. The event will feature bags from Kate Spade, Dooney and Burke, Coach and more. Participants can participate in basket raffles and win other prizes like a trip to the beach. There will also be a buffet dinner and cash bar.

Those who cannot attend in person can bid online in a silent auction. Guests can also bid from their seats if they choose to remain socially distant.

The event was hosted by Family Services Incorporated of Blair County which has helped over 900 adult and child victims of abuse and other violent crimes. All funds raised at the event will help fund the Victim Services Program.

Program director Ashley Gay Vocco says the money raised from the auction goes a long way toward funding needed to provide support to those in need.

“Funds raised tonight and throughout the year go directly to help those in Blair County who need it most,” Vocco said. “We get grants and funding and we have a lot of other sources of money, but it’s still not enough, especially when you think of all the services that people who are victims of this type of abuse and violence need to heal and move on. It takes a lot.

The fundraiser reportedly generated $25,000 in 2021. More information about the Purple Purse auction can be found in line.