June 6, 2010

Scene & Heard: Helping handbags

Funds raised at Purses with Purpose go to the Ronald McDonald House.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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Karen Rawnsley of Cumberland, Robyn Rawnsley-Dutil of Cumberland, Heather DiSimone of North Yarmouth, who owns Beadin’ Path and donated jewelry, Jan Parker of North Yarmouth and Sarah Wallace of Yarmouth, who donated a Coach bag

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Kathrine Farris, Katherine Damon, Jody Hamilton, Renee Pottle and Sherry Norton, who are the Gorham Savings Divas

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IF YOU'RE LOOKING to party, network or support a good cause this week, check out:


MAINE SUCCESSFUL THINKERS, 5 to 7 p.m., Woodford's Club, Portland. Celebrate the networking group's first anniversary with jazz music, appetizers, cash bar and a magic show. Donations accepted. www.meetup.com/MaineSuccessfulThinkers


BUSINESS AFTER FIVE, 5 to 7 p.m., Casco Bay Eyecare, Falmouth. Join members of the Falmouth/Cumberland Chamber for the last networking event of the season with appetizers and a cash bar. Free members/$5 nonmembers. 772-2811.


MAINE WOMEN'S FUND LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. Enjoy a networking reception, a lunch and an awards ceremony. $45 advance/$55 at door. 774-5513.

BUSINESS AFTER FIVE, 5 to 7 p.m., Scarborough Downs. Join members of the Scarborough Chamber for the last networking event of the season, vote on officers and enjoy appetizers, a cash bar and mock betting. Free members/$5 nonmembers. 772-2811.

LOCAL ART FOR ANIMALS, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Portland Co. Complex, Portland. Enjoy appetizers, desserts, a cash bar and bid on more than 250 pieces of art in a silent auction. $35 advance/$40 at door. www.therefugeme.org

E2TECH NETWORKING PARTY, 6 to 8 p.m., Maine Green Building Supply, Portland. Join other members of the environmental and energy sectors for light refreshments and a cash bar. $10. e2tech.org

MARGUERITE ROBICHAUX OPENING, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Freeport. View Marguerite Robichaux's new work in the "From the Woods of Maine" show, meet the artist, enjoy refreshments and meet artist Sissy Buck. Free. (800) 708-9041.

In addition to Dalton-Gove and Giles, I had the honor of enjoying lunch with a number of lovely women. They included Meredith Strang Burgess, who is one of the founders of the organization, Jennifer Dimond, who recently joined the board, Mary Bertolet, who is the board president, Linda Gibbs, whose 85-year-old mother, Louise Currier, modeled in the fashion show, and Charlene Strang, who was the high bidder on a catered brunch by chef James Audiffred.

"I bought the same brunch two years ago," Strang said. "They did an excellent job."

Each round table was graced by a floral centerpiece adorned with white towels, which the second graders of Lunt School in Falmouth donated for use in the Ronald McDonald House. The Portland house provides a home-away-from-home for families with children in the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Their stays can stretch from a couple days to almost a year.

"We have over 300 volunteers who help us with the house," Bertolet said. "There are some houses in the country that have almost no volunteers."

And as the party that raised more than $40,000 proved, not only are local people generous with their time, they're generous with their wallets. Particularly when purses are involved. 

Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at:



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Joan Moorehead of Paris, Jennifer O’Rourke of Sumner, Doreen Simmons of South Paris, Cathy Dow of Paris and Dawn Minigell of Norway

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Mori LeFevre of Cumberland, Lisa Chapman of Scarborough, Erin Whipple of Yarmouth and Christine Mullen of Freeport

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