Clarksville Association of Realtors®
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Association of Realtors’ Young Professionals Network (CAR YPN) raised over $107,000 at the fifth annual Handbags For Hope at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center on Saturday, August 4th. Proceeds from this event benefited Urban Ministry’s SafeHouse for Women and the CAR Young Professionals Network Mike Groves Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Over the past five years, the CAR YPN Handbags for Hope has raised around $333,000.
This year’s Handbags For Hope, which was was open to the public, sold 400 tickets and featured almost 300 handbags in a silent and live auction. The live auction featured special “themed” bags with hundreds of dollars worth of special items inside.
“The CAR YPN Committee introduced an innovative way to bid on the silent auction, so guests were able to enjoy dinner while bidding from their mobile devices,” said Kayla Pierson, 2018 CAR YPN Chair.
“There’s no greater love than when people serve others; and that’s what our Realtors and Affiliates do every year with Handbags For Hope,” said Charles Pecka, 2018 CAR President. “This money will go towards helping the most vulnerable in our community, and help some very deserving students achieve their future goals,” said Pecka.
Urban Ministry’s SafeHouse for Women is fully staffed 24 hours a day to provide safety, peace, and comfort to local women and children in need.
In addition to SafeHouse, the event helped fund the CAR YPN Mike Groves Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established to honor the legacy of Mike Groves. Groves was a member of the Clarksville Association of REALTORS® from 1991 until his passing in 2015.
The CAR YPN would like to thank their Platinum Purse Sponsors: 1st United Mortgage, Century 21 Platinum Properties, Keystone Real Estate & Property Management, Morford Allstate Insurance, Sweet Home Realty & Property Management, and Veterans United Home Loans. Also thanks to Shane McCarrell for donating his time as auctioneer.
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About the Clarksville Association of Realtors®
The Clarksville Association of Realtors® has over 958 active REALTOR® members and 74 Affiliate Partners that work together to improve the public awareness of the value of Realtors to the community and to the benefits of their services. The Clarksville Association of Realtors® also serves to promote the success and future developments of its members in association with the Tennessee and National Associations of Realtors®.