On Friday, May 4th at 6pm the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center hosted its 3rd annual Power of the Purse Fundraiser! The event took place at the Best Western Atrea on Austin’s Colony Parkway in Bryan, Texas.
After forty hours of hard work all week, ladies from all over Bryan/College Station came out and brought friends to come relax with the ladies of the Brazos Valley for wine, beer, delicious food and more desserts than you can imagine. The desserts were donated by many local bakers and included cake truffles, mini cupcakes, mini tarts, and iced cookies just to name a few! And they were not just your normal cake and pie! These desserts were one of the highlights of the event, but Texas Country Catering also provided a spread to remember and be thankful for! Delicious food opened the door for the action!
Countless silent auction items were on display and available to the highest bidders. The silent auction included more Jewelry than you can imagine, from inexpensive zebra beaded fun to the most gorgeous diamonds and gold you could want! Every woman had a dream list of items she hoped to “Win.” Purses in the silent auction came from popular names such as Kate Spade, Coach, Vera Bradley, Fossil, Lucky, Diane Von Furstenburg, Cole Haan and More! There were items from $5 to $5000 and everything in between including some great gift certificates and fun experiences! We are so grateful for the companies and individuals who donated such amazing auction items this year! We heard whispering throughout the room such as “WOW can you believe all these items!” and “They have so much great stuff!” Without the donors, all of these items would not have been possible! THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of our donors!
The main event was the fabulous designer handbag auction! The latest fashion designer purses were auctioned off, along with Patio Furniture donated by Dealers Lighting (Who knew they had patio furniture!), Diamond Earrings, A trip to New York along with backstage passes to the Broadway Show ‘Ghost’ and even a Photography Training Class experience including dessert by Jessica Klima Photography! We auctioned a timeless black Alligator Elie Tahari donated by (Vehicle) Inspections Plus in Bryan, A fun purple Diane von Furstenberg donated by the Bubba Moore Memorial Group, and a White and Silver Coach donated by Kristi Fox Satsky, Realtor® (Yours Truly!) which had a fun and exciting bidding war that won’t be soon forgotten! You had to be there! And oh baby the highlight of the Auction! A Louis Vuitton donated by Britt Allen with Mustang Therapies! This purse was so beautiful and brought in $1850 that had locals Missy Carpenter and Fred Bayliss, Attorney at Law, in a heated bidding war, including a time out or two to get some bids from the phone since Fred was bidding via Text Message (It was Ladies night remember!)! And Icing on the Cake ladies! These purses and other items were modeled by some local male business owners, heroes, & local celebrities! We even had a College Station Fire Fighter, Josh Varner, presence our stage to auction of a Gorgeous Dooney & Burke donated by Milan and Patty Powers. Oo La La ladies if you missed this event, you missed these fun male models and lots of shopping fun!
We had lots of other gorgeous auction items, donated by lots of wonderful local businesses as well, and my mouth was watering the whole time just wanting to buy everything in sight, especially the Zebra Kate Spade! And in addition, David Gardeners donated a gorgeous David Yurman Necklace and Earring set worth almost $2700! And the winner is… Jeanne Vollentine! Who happens to be my aunt! How excited I was to hear them call her name!
Power of the Purse was the ladies night of the year, boasting fun, fellowship and fashion all rolled into one fabulous event. The attendees supported this outstanding organization as every dollar raised was designated for charitable care at The Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center in Bryan, Texas. Your donations do make an impact! The Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center is our local Easter Seals affiliate and they have been helping children and adults with therapy services such as Physical, Occupational, Speech, Hippotherapy and more, regardless of ability to pay. The most recent program brought to you by BVRC is their Autism Program. This program has changed the lives of many children and their families and it’s all thanks to the supporters of the BVRC.
A special thanks to my friends who were a pleasure to work with on the Power of the Purse Committee! Rene Lukes, Kim Varner and Lindsey Niemeyer who also work with me at Century 21 Beal, Inc, as well as Jessica Klima of Jessica Klima Photography, Jan Lee of Dealers Lighting, Sue Ellen Davis, Fara Goodwyn, Robyn Segal, Chelsie Breaux, Maury Bell Thomas, Dr. Carol Binzer of TAMU, and our Chair, Patty Powers. All of these women and many others worked so hard to make sure it was an amazing event! And it was! We reached our goal and surpassed it!
So go ahead and mark your calendars for next year, Friday, May 3rd, and grab a handful of friends for ladies night! Plan to come have a blast and celebrate women helping the residents of the Brazos Valley by supporting the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center.
Kristi Fox Satsky, Realtor®
Century 21 Beal, Inc.
Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center- Advisory Council President
Kristi Fox Satsky, REALTOR®, Unlocking your Brazos Valley Real Estate Dreams, One Key at a time throughout Bryan/College Station.