APRIL 26, 2018, 6PM-9PM

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition held Hope in a Handbag on Thursday, April 26 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. Over 300 guests raised nearly $145,000 at this designer handbag auction to find forever families for children in foster care. The event is led by a strong committee of women who share a love for children and handbags!

“For the past 12 years, our annual silent auction featuring hundreds of designer handbags has been known as the best girls’ night out in St. Louis and this year was no different,” exclaims Melanie Scheetz, Executive Director of Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition.

The evening featured delicious hors d’oeuvres, chocolates, bags and jewelry! Guests had the opportunity to bid on hundreds of new and gently-used designer handbags in the silent auction, instantly buy select bags, and participate in a jewelry pull donated by Kendra Scott. Once again Neiman Marcus donated a beautiful Gucci bag that served as this year’s raffle bag. The top bag of the night was a vintage Chanel that sold for $4,200!

A big thank you to all the sponsors, donors and committee members who made the night so special! We couldn’t do it without you!!

We are very grateful to Kristine Bouckaert, Missy Kayman, Tom and Sharon Kircher, Rachael Lynch, Kamechia May, Schavonne Richardson, Lea Takasugi, Wilmetta Toliver-Diallo; Foster Friends volunteers Denise McKibben, Kelly Kern-Miriani, Anna Rhodes, Nicki Hermann, Eve Janis; and Wells Fargo volunteers Aruna Gopinath, Vernay Henderson, Kristina Johnson, Van Moore, Sherita Williams and Sharae Wynn for volunteering at Hope in a Handbag! We also want to give a BIG thank you to Westwood Catering and Best Box Lunches for donating their delicious sandwiches for the volunteers!