Fashion, Enjoyable, and Philanthropy: Handbags for Housing Is Again With a Hybrid Occasion for 2021

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Thursday, September 16th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lydia Place, together with presenting sponsor, San Juan Broadband, are bringing Bellingham’s largest vogue extravaganza and purse change, Handbags for Housing, again with a first ever, hybrid occasion—that includes a totally vaccinated in-person occasion on Thursday, and a digital public sale persevering with by means of Sunday, September 19th at 5 p.m. PST.  

A photograph from 2019’s Handbag Bazaar, which was full of tons of of purses priced from $10-$50. Photo credit score: Evantide Photography

Entering its 9th 12 months, Handbags for Housing—Lydia Place’s second largest annual public sale and fundraiser—is taking again centerstage with a tropical paradise themed occasion to carry some much-needed enjoyable and R&R to the group. Guests can flock to the Barkley Village Green and to, the place they will store tons of of new and beforehand cherished purses curated to suit each model and funds, help native boutiques and retailers showcased within the vogue present, and lift crucial funding for tons of of households in our group experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness. 

Since its first look in 2013, Handbags for Housing has raised over half 1,000,000 {dollars} for Lydia Place packages and companies. With its long-term companion and Fashion Show sponsor, Labels Women’s Consignment Shop, Handbags for Housing is about empowerment and making a format the place vogue and philanthropy come collectively to leverage constructive change. Together with over 50 native boutiques and retailers, enterprise sponsors, and occasion companions, this 12 months’s occasion has a fundraising objective of $125,000 and can highlight the necessary position that Lydia Place’s Parent Support Program has as households look to get again to “normal” this fall.  

A shot from the 2019 Handbags for Housing occasion, which came about on the inexperienced at Barkley Village. Photo credit score: Evantide Photography

According to their final annual e-newsletter, “Only one in four low-income children are fully prepared to start Kindergarten. Our Parent Support Program promotes school readiness to help close this gap.” On common, Lydia Place’s PSP gives 500 residence visits to households with younger kids who’re enrolled of their housing packages. This 12 months, along with their admission ticket, Handbags for Housing company have the choice of bringing both a new or beforehand cherished purse from their closet or donating a brand new kids’s e-book to their Parent Support Program, which has a objective to go away one age-appropriate e-book with each youngster, each go to. 

Though it’s not fully clear what the long-term affect the pandemic may have on Whatcom County households, Tally Rabatin, Lydia Place’s Community Engagement Director stays hopeful.  “Our agency is extremely grateful to our community members and partners that have continued to step up and contribute how and where they can,” she says. Those {dollars}, companies, and partnerships had been crucial to ensuring Lydia Place’s doorways remained opened and we can proceed to present important housing, parenting, and psychological well being companies to the households in our group.”

Close to half of Lydia Place’s now $2.9-million funds will depend on the generosity of group members who help the company by the use of money donations, enterprise sponsorships, bequests, foundations, and visitor attendance at varied fundraising occasions all year long. 

For these unable to attend Handbags for Housing on Thursday, September 16th, you’ll be able to register as a digital public sale visitor without spending a dime and store the net purse public sale till it closes Sunday, September 19th at 5 p.m. PST. 

All proceeds from Handbags for Housing profit Lydia Place, a neighborhood nonprofit company working to disrupt the cycle of homelessness for present and future generations. You can buy tickets, donate a purse to help Lydia Place’s on-line public sale, sign-up to volunteer, and extra at

Looking for different methods to assist native households in want? You can get concerned by changing into a Lydia Place Housing Hero. For as little as $5 per thirty days, you’ll be able to assist Lydia Place proceed to say “yes” to households in want of emergency housing. For extra info or to arrange your recurring reward right this moment, please go to:

Featured photograph by Evantide Photography

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