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Snag a Brag Bag

by Mary Jane McCall

Designer Purse Bingo is an exuberant night of fun and an irreplaceable boon to T.C. Henderson Elementary School, August 6 at Burlingame Country Club.

What do you think of when you hear Designer Purse Bingo? A chance to win fabulous purses? An opportunity to raise funds for a worthy cause?

It’s all of that and more fun than you can imagine when Burlingame Country Club hosts its annual event benefiting T. C. Henderson Elementary School in Lake Toxaway.

Held this year on Tuesday, August 6, at Burlingame Country Club, doors open at 5:30 P.M. with bingo beginning at 6:00 P.M. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50, which grants admission, one bingo card, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Additional cards are available for $20 each, and each card is good for 15 games of bingo.

The prizes…you guessed it, designer bags – Coach, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Tory Birch and more. A cash bar is also available.

There is also a silent auction with items donated from individuals and area merchants from throughout Jackson and Transylvania counties. A highlight of the evening is the raffle of one very expensive purse. Don’t miss the popular Second Hand Rose Table, which features gently-used designer bags for $20 each, usually with a surprise tucked inside.

Since its inception five years ago, this event has raised over $95,000 for instructional needs at T. C. Henderson, and organizers say they will top the $100,000 mark this year. These much-needed funds have allowed the school to purchase materials and instructional aids. Their library has been updated with additional books and new furnishings. Each student now has a personal tablet for their use. The school is now a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) School and funds from this bingo play a big part in providing materials needed for this innovative and fun learning program.

Members of the Country Club and the School have formed a partnership that benefits the entire community. Club Members, both men and women, donate their time volunteering at the school. They tutor, read to children, work at their book fair, and act as mentors taking a real interest in the student’s lives.

Be a part of this partnership and attend Designer Purse Bingo. It’s fun with a purpose.

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