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4th Annual Purse Auction Raises More Money Than Ever for Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley (BCA-CV)

PHOTO CAP: 2008 purse collage: Over 400 people attended the 4th annual fundraising event. Photos by Youngblood Studios.

4th Annual Purse Auction Raises More Money Than Ever for Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley (BCA-CV)

(Hagerstown, MD)- The results of the 4th Annual Purse-on the Person Purse Auction are in!
The Four Points by Sheraton was packed on May 4th with more attendees than ever before. "This annual event raised over $66,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley support and education programs," said Executive Director Joan Fell.
According to Joan Fell, "After all the costs for the event are finally tallied, we expect to have netted more than last year's auction. This is great news, and a testimonial to all the hard work of the volunteers, and also to the hundreds of women who attended the event." Fell said that more than 30 volunteers participated, along with a planning committee that worked for a "full year of gathering donated purses, prizes, and sponsors."
Hundreds of purses were sold at the silent auction, in addition to the scores of purses and gifts that were raffled off, and given away as door prizes. The Four Points by Sheraton's ballroom was full with attendees enjoying a luncheon banquet, before the live auction began.
The live auction was where all the action was, according to Joan Fell, "The enthusiasm and dedication to the cause for this first year event was tremendous!" The BCA-CV Executive Director said, "The atmosphere in the room was electric as the auction items went up for bid!"
Over 400 women attended this exciting afternoon luncheon featuring fabulous purses filled with amazing extras and prizes. Alpha Sigma Chapter of ESA, event co-sponsor, set up the dazzling display of purses.
The fundraiser is such a fun and successful event, that within three days of the tickets going on sale this year, all were sold. "It's become one of the most sought after ticketed events of the year," said Joan Fell. "Special thanks go to all the sponsors and donors who made this event the most successful ever!" Fell said the purses were donated, as were the gifts and prizes. Some of the live auction items went for thousands of dollars each.
"The auction featured over 300 filled purses with sections of silent auction, grab bag, raffle, door prizes, and of course the extremely entertaining live auction," said Joan Fell. "Tom Riford, auctioneer extraordinaire, kept the live auction going for more than two hours - raising tens of thousands of dollars during very spirited bidding," said Joan Fell. "Barbara Miller was Tom's 'Vanna White,' and she carried the purses throughout the ball-room so that all the guests were able to see the purses up close."
Joan Fell said that there was a lot of jocularity throughout the four hour auction event. "There was also a huge round of applause when the breast cancer survivors who were attending the event were introduced."
The Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley (BCA-CV) web site is: BCA-CV provides free mammograms and ultrasounds; "Dinner's Ready" gift certificates for chemotherapy and radiation patients; the BCA Angels program, which pairs volunteers with patients; a twice-yearly Camp Hope; and the Celebration of Life Survivors' Party. The group hosts many fund-raisers to support these wonderful offerings, including the Step 'N Stride in October and Purse-on to Person Auction in May. BCA-CV provided more than $70,000 worth of free mammograms during last year.
The next BCA-CV event is June 7th at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown. The Hagerstown Suns will once again host the annual "Pitching Pink" night as a special promotion benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley. On June 7th, fans will have the chance to bid on their favorite player's jersey in the "Shirt Off Our Backs" Jersey Auction, led by auctioneer Tom Riford. During the game, the team will wear specially designed pink jerseys that will be donated for the auction. BCA-CV will also have a booth with give-aways and special events planned!
This media release sent on behalf of BCA-CV. Breast Cancer Awareness -Cumberland Valley strives through total community involvement to decrease the impact of breast cancer and promote early detection in all individuals and ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone. Hundreds of people are helped every month by BCA-CV, which provides vital early detection and after diagnosis programs.

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