Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's Foundation is in “Purse-uit” of purse donations

“The Purse-uit of Happiness” a ladies-only fundraising event presented by Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Foundation is back by popular demand and scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 6-8:30 pm at the David S. Palmer Arena. The Foundation is currently seeking donations of new or gently-used purses and additional items for the raffle.

This fundraising event for women will feature more than 100 designer handbags available through silent auction, raffle, and for purchase. 

The live auction will feature more than 30 premiere handbags. Designers include Tory Burch, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and more.  All guests will enjoy dinner, dessert, cocktail sampling, shopping, entertainment, and swag bags to take home.  A cash bar will be available. 

“The popularity of this event keeps growing, and we had to turn ladies away last time” said Angie Lazzell, event officer for the hospital’s Foundation, “so we knew we had to make it bigger and even better this time.”

Some changes this year include a larger venue and more vendors for sampling and shopping. We’ve got everything from hair and makeup to jewelry and fashion to home décor and more,” states Lazzell. “Many of the booths will offer free samples and demonstrations.”

“What we really need right now is purses and other items for the raffle.” Lazzell said the purses should be new or gently used. Bags bearing a designer name are especially popular. Other items such as jewelry, scarves, salon services, wine, restaurant or shopping gift certificates are needed too. 

All donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at the Presence United Samaritans Foundation office at 551 North Logan Avenue in Danville.  

All proceeds from “The Purse-uit of Happiness” will benefit the Community Outreach Programs of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.

To sponsor the event, purchase a table, or inquire about vendor space contact Angie Lazzell at 217.442.6803 or For more information about Presence United Samaritans Medical Center visit


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