Although the cathedral country club room was filled with luxury purses and authentic designer handbags, the enthusiastic attendees purchased event tickets to attend and bid on items because proceeds benefited the organization’s charitable programs for the Chattanooga and Cleveland area. Last year’s special event brought in $23,940.
The Cleveland Corps, under the leadership of Sgt. Ruthie Forgey, created a themed purse with the Ocoee Region Theme. With the help of volunteers from the Cleveland area and generous individuals and business donors, their purse was one of the top two which was bid on.
News anchor Cindy Sexton from News Channel 3 served as emcee for the event, which was recently held at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club. She greeted the group by acknowledging the good of The Salvation Army. She commended everyone for participating in the seventh annual purse auction and thanked the Women’s Auxiliary for coordinating the yearly event and for sponsoring many projects throughout the year.
As an extension of the organization, the Women’s Auxiliary consists of women in the community who desire to use their influence, talents and time to further the work of The Salvation Army.
They are recommended by the auxiliary’s membership committee and approved by the executive committee. In addition to the annual auction and benefit, they assist with the holiday distribution and collection of items, the Angel Tree Program and various year-round programs.
The mission statement is, “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
For more information on the Women’s Auxiliary or ways to make a contribution to The Salvation Army, contact Ruthie Forgey at 339-2907.