‘Handbags for HOPE’ benefits early education

BRATTLEBORO — The United Way of Windham County invites the public to “Handbags for HOPE,” on Thursday, May 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the VFW on Black Mountain Road.

The “fun, ladies night out,” will feature a silent and live auction with local personality Jean Gilbert as auctioneer according to a news release. Appetizers and desserts will be provided by Hardy Foard Catering, Top Tier Baking Co., and Vermont Country Deli, with a cash bar available.

Handbags for HOPE will benefit the United Way's Fund for Quality Early Education.

More than 100 items will be up for auction, including designer bags by Michael Kors, Dooney & Burke, Coach, and Kate Spade, artisan-made bags, totes, purses, evening bags, backpacks, briefcases, and local goods and services. Bags and other auction items have been donated by local companies and stores, designers, artists, and United Way supporters. Select auction items may be previewed at www.facebook.com/UWWindham.

All proceeds of the Handbags for HOPE event benefit the United Way's Fund for Quality Early Education, which provides grants to early-childhood educators and caregivers.

To date, the fund has made more than 100 grants totaling $104,000 to providers in Windham County.

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