A woman’s purse represents the basics in life for her and her dependent loved ones, and often it is the only thing a future resident of Serene Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter in Brevard County, Florida has time to grab as she runs for her life — identification, Social Security card for herself and her children, driver’s license, credit cards, cash.
That’s why the charity calls its fall fundraiser Purses for a Purpose, coinciding with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Now in its 10th year, the event is bringing celebrity financial guru Cary Carbonaro, MBA, CFP to speak to another purse-related theme: if your purse is empty, you are more easily kept a prisoner dependent on your abuser for your survival and the survival of your children.
Purses with a Purpose starts at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at the Crown Plaza in Melbourne, Florida and includes a live auction of new designer purses along with a silent auction of more than 50 donated items and baskets, more than 40 vendors, raffles and a luncheon. The event has been a sell-out with more than 300 attendees in the past five years.
Carbonaro will speak and sign copies of her new book before its Oct. 13 release: “The Money Queen’s Guide: for Women Who Want to Build Wealth and Banish Fear.”