Purses galore -- for a cause (and Dec. 9 event for cancer fighters)

Some 500 purses are overflowing storage space at Michelle’s Headquarters and elsewhere, but they’re not for Michelle Allyn (BELOW, LEFT) and Susan Elizondo (RIGHT). Instead, they’re part of an unusual fund raising event for “Hello Gorgeous!” which treats cancer-fighting women to a spa event with new attire and more, as reported in a recent edition of this newspaper.

The event, slated for Dec. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Michelle’s Headquarters, 114 N. Main Street, in Culver, has been dubbed The Great Purse Extravaganza. Members of the community have donated lovingly used purses to be re-sold the night of the event (more may be dropped off at Michelle’s, the Culver Coffee Company, and Elizabeth’s Garden between now and Dec. 2).

Highlights donations include brands such as Yves St Laurent retailed at $1,195, Coach, Kate Spade, and Vera Bradley. While some of the above may be special bid items, most purses will be affordably priced sale items, says Allyn.

The event will include wine, cheese, and sweet treats “with some pampering surprises planned.”

Questions may directed to 574-842-2662. Learn more about Hello Gorgeous! at www.hello-gorgeous.net.