SHEPHERDSTOWN - Those who need to finish, or start, their Christmas shopping may be interested in attending the Holiday Tea and Purse Party from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bavarian Inn Terrace Room.
Court Appointed Special Advocates will host the party, where 20 to 25 designer, first-quality purses will be auctioned off in a silent auction.
"These are not knockoffs," said Leslie Crabill, board president of CASA. "These came directly from the manufacturer."
Crabill listed several designers to be auctioned, including Bcbg, Coach, Capescade, Elliott Lucca, Orla Kiely, Vera Bradley, Brighton and Beijo.
A Coach handbag also will be raffled, and participants do not have to be present to win. Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or $25 for six tickets.
Tea, hors d'oeuvres, sandwiches and dessert will be served at the event, and Santa Claus will be available for pictures. According to Crabill, the party's theme is "Yes, CASA, there is a Santa!"
All proceeds from the event go toward CASA, an organization that helps abused and neglected children after they are removed from their home.
"There are just so many kids who fall through the cracks," Crabill said. "We are the one constant friend throughout the whole process. Our primary concern is that child's best interest. ... We can only take the worst cases, because we don't have the money or staff to take on more kids. Fundraisers like this allow us to take on more kids."
CASA's biggest sponsor so far has been HMS Technologies with a donation of $5,000, Crabill said. American Public University and Santa Barbara Law Offices also have donated $1,000 each.
"To the people who want to make a donation, maybe purses aren't their thing, but they can easily go to our website and donate. What's a better gift than to give a child a chance?" Crabill said.
Tickets are $35 each and must be reserved in advance by contacting 304-263-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on CASA is available at www.casaep.org.
- Staff writer Megan Fisher can be reached at 304-263-3381, ext. 132, or email@example.com