Celebrity Handbag Auction to Benefit Hospice

By Pam Cook

What do MAD MEN, BATMAN, and MATLOCK have in common?  They all feature actresses who have donated a purse to this year’s “Handbags for Hospice” auction, which will benefit the “Kids Path” program at Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care. The auction takes place Friday evening, July 18, at Old North State Winery in Mt. Airy.

24-HandbagsForHospice20-SFWThis year’s auction features handbags donated by two actresses from the Emmy winning television show MAD MEN. Elisabeth Moss (who plays Peggy), and Jessica Paré (who plays Jon Hamm’s wife Megan) contributed vintage purses which they actually carried in episodes of the TV show.

Other celebrity handbags were given by Nancy Stafford (MATLOCK), former Miss America Lee Meriwether (BARNABY JONES, THE TIME TUNNEL, and BATMAN), and Surry County’s very own Anna Wood, who had a recurring role on DECEPTION, and will soon be seen in the new CBS drama RECKLESS.

As a bonus, four of the five celebrity handbags are autographed by the stars themselves.

Mountain Valley Hospice will also auction off new handbags, jewelry, spa packages, and other great items which are being donated by boutiques throughout the Piedmont Triad.

24-HandbagsForHospice16-SFW“We are so excited to acquire handbags from five major Hollywood stars!” said Sheila Jones, Director of Marketing for Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care. “And the big news this year is that anyone can bid on the celebrity handbags from just about anywhere. If you can’t attend the auction, you can bid by proxy. Anyone interested in placing a proxy bid, though, should call me right now, so that we can process the paperwork and assign you a number,” said Ms. Jones.

Admission to the handbag auction includes hors d’ouevres. Specially discounted beer and wine will also be offered. Husbands are encouraged to bring their wives to the auction, then stay afterward for music by Rhythm, an outstanding band from Surry County.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The live and silent auctions begin at 6:00pm. The concert starts at 8:00pm. Proceeds from both events will benefit Kids Path, a program offered by Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care for children who are ill, or who are dealing with grief associated with the loss of a loved one, and are in need of special care and support.

The goal of Kids Path is to help these young people manage and adjust, while regaining a sense of normalcy to their lives. Kids Path is a consortium of hospice service providers in three states offering nursing, home health, counseling, and spiritual and grief support services to children and their families, who are facing serious or life-limiting illnesses, or the loss of a loved one. The Kids Path interdisciplinary team joins with other medical and psychological professionals to provide families with the care they need.

You can buy tickets at any of the Mountain Valley Hospice offices, or at Old North State Winery, or by calling Sheila Jones, at 336-789-2922.