YWCA Enid will held its annual Purses with Purpose auction and luncheon July 10 to benefit women in the community.
The luncheon featured human trafficking survivor Shanna Parker as its keynote speaker, auctioned off purses and named Community Development Support Association executive director Cheri Ezzell the YWCA woman of the year.
“This is a wonderful honor,” Ezzell said. “I have come so many years to this and enjoyed seeing the women who received this award. I have always wanted to be a good example for the young women in my life, I hope I’ve done that, for the young women I work with… and it’s a great time to be a woman. Yay us!”
The organization also recognized its maverick team leaders as their volunteer group of the year, which are men against violence who “stand up and say no to violence against women,” and also encourage other women to become mavericks, said YWCA board of directors vice president Jennifer Bauman.
The luncheon was the organization’s main fundraiser for the year and executive director Carrie Sanders said it typically helps them raise between $20-25,000, which helps to make up the difference between what they get from grants.
“I think this is always a really great event,” Sanders said. “You know the Enid community is so generous, and ladies get to leave with a great handbag and support a good cause.”
This year the organization also raffled off a Louis Vuitton Egg Bag to benefit YWCA Enid’s general fund, which serves women, children and minorities who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, according to an email from the organization.
“It’s our largest fundraiser of the year, so we really use this event to help us find dollars that we can use for all our programs throughout the year,” said former YWCA Enid board president Jessica Caruthers. “Also we use it as an advocacy event to spread awareness of our programs and the need for our programs in the community. “