Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Purse Bash Helps Counseling Center

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Purse Bash Helps Counseling Center

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When directors of Outreach Teen & Family Services Inc. went looking for an idea for a fundraiser, they were lucky to have the expertise of Steve Darcangelo. Mr. Darcangelo was board president, but he was also a fire chief and had an extensive knowledge of fundraisers that volunteer fire departments host.

"Of course there are gun bashes and cash bashes, but he told us about a purse bash," recalled Mary Birks, board member and chairwoman of the "Ladies' Night Out Purse and Cash Bash" to be held Jan. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m. Drawings begin at 7. This is the third purse bash for the nonprofit.

Celebrating its 40th year in 2014, Outreach Teen & Family Services Inc. is located in Mt. Lebanon with a satellite office in Pittsburgh. The firm provides counseling and educational programs to those ages 5 to 21 and their families.

"We love our purses - and it did really catch on right away," Ms. Birks noted. She has been chairwoman for all three bashes. The first year, $13,000 was raised; last year it was $11,000.

"We had bad weather last year, but we were still pleased with the outcome," she said.

Ms. Birks said she collects purses throughout the year. The $35 admission includes two chances to win one of the designer purses worth at least $250, cash prizes and other raffles .Dinner, an open beer and wine bar and one signature drink called In the Bag are also part of the event.

Television newscaster Sally Wiggin is the host for the event at the Castle Shannon Fire Hall. Guests also have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets to win one of 10 additional purses in the "Pick of the Table" raffle. Those purses are worth $125 and more. …

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