The annual Clarksville Association of Realtors (CAR) fundraiser, Handbags for Hope, was held recently at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. Kayla Pierson is CAR's Young Professionals Committee Chair for this year's event.
“This is our fifth year,” Pierson said.” CAR raised $100,000 last year, and our goal for this year is $115,000. Part of the money will go to Urban Ministries Safe House for Women, and a portion of this year's proceeds has been allocated for the Mike Groves Memorial Scholarship Fund.”
Josh Branum talked about CAR's continued commitment. “Urban Ministries Safe House does so much for women and children in the community,” Branum said. “And for years this has been a very important cause for CAR. Safe House does so much good work here at home, and our realtors are so invested in our community. This is a great way for us to give back.”
People donate gently used or new purses for the silent auction. Local companies and organizations fill purses with valuable items for the live auction.
“In our first four years we raised over $226,000, CAR's Deb Haines-Kulick said. “We are happy to say that we sold out this year's event, she said. “Four hundred people attended this year’s event to have fun and help us raise money for these great causes. We are so thankful to all who assisted us with this fundraiser.”