Power of the Purse Auction Huge Success

Auction to Benefit Central School Effort on
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mount Prospect Village Trustee Paul Hoefert serves desserts prior to the start of the live auction.

Mount Prospect Village Trustee Paul Hoefert serves desserts prior to the start of the live auction.

A capacity crowd enjoyed the second biennial (held every other year) “Power of the Purse” auction, held by the Mount Prospect Historical Society at the Mount Prospect Village Hall on October 29.  Wine, desserts and purses were the order of the evening as more than 300 donated purses – new, designer, gently used, handmade and vintage – were sold.

The room was filled to capacity with bidders, anxious to compete for donated designer and handmade purses.

The room was filled to capacity with bidders, anxious to compete for donated designer and handmade purses.

There was lively competition for the 20 purses auctioned by volunteer auctioneer Liz Stone, as well as for another 22 purses sold through a silent auction.

Liz Stone artfully orchestrated the bidding while Mount Prospect Historical Society Board member Jill Tumberger modeled and displayed the purses under scrutiny.  Fellow Board member Kirsten Zinzer was the other model for the evening.

Liz Stone artfully orchestrated the bidding while Mount Prospect Historical Society Board member Jill Tumberger modeled and displayed the purses under scrutiny. Fellow Board member Kirsten Zinzer was the other model for the evening.

The remaining purses were sold outright for pre-determined prices.

“It was a great evening of fun to raise money for an important cause.  We need to complete the restoration of the historic 1896 one-room Central School in time to celebrate some of the Mount Prospect Centennial events in there in early 2017, so the clock is ticking,” said Jill Friedrichs, a member of the Purse Auction committee.

Women enjoyed shopping through tables filled with cash-and-carry purses, including an entire table of vintage and specialty purses.

Women enjoyed shopping through tables filled with cash-and-carry purses, including an entire table of vintage and specialty purses.

Her fellow committee members were Rachel Toeppen (chairman), Alice Tucker, Linda Hoefert and Laurie Roubitchek.

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