Hope of South Texas will be holding its seventh annual Designer Purse Bingo fundraiser on October 4 at Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. in Victoria, according to a press release.
Doors will open at 4.30 p.m., catering will begin at 5 p.m. and bingo will be played from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hope of South Texas is dedicated to improving the lives of child abuse and neglect. The Children’s Advocacy Center provides a safe and child-friendly environment where law enforcement, child protection services, prosecutors, health and mental health professionals can share information and develop effective and coordinated strategies responsive to the needs of each case and child, according to the organization’s website.
About 600 supporters, mostly women, are expected to attend the association’s largest annual fundraiser. Participants will play 20 rounds of bingo, and the winner of each round will receive a handbag created by designers such as Michael Kors, Coach and Kate Spade, among others.
Tickets, which cost $ 40 each up front or $ 45 each at the door, include bingo cards, a catered meal by Shiner’s Werner’s Catering, and two drinks. Additional bingo cards will be available for purchase for more chances of winning.
A silent auction featuring at least 15 lightly used handbags will also help raise funds for the nonprofit.
Participants will participate in raffles for door prizes which will be distributed throughout the evening.
This year, attendees, in groups or individually, are encouraged to dress in costumes to add an extra layer of fun to the event, said Megan Burow, executive director of Hope of South Texas. Those wearing costumes will be entered into a special draw for a door prize.
Captain Elaine Moya of the Victoria Police Department will host the fundraiser, and other officers will walk around the tables modeling the handbags for a good ‘rowdy’ time.
Gary Moses will make a special appearance to help kick off the event.
Hope of South Texas hopes to raise $ 20,000 with the event to support the organization throughout the year, Burow said. Those interested in sponsoring a table can contact Burow at email@example.com. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hopecenterstx.org or 1801 N. Laurent St., in Victoria.
“We decided to move the event to the community center this year to make sure we have extra space for social distancing,” Burow said.