It’s in the bag

Purse sale will help raise funds for Heritage football boosters

For anyone who likes purses and a bargain, the place to be on Saturday is the cafeteria of Heritage High School.

The Boosters of the Heritage High School football team are having a purse sale fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heritage High School cafeteria, 3741 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy.

“We wanted to try something different,” said Ann Cermak, one of the fundraiser’s coordinators. She said she loved the idea especially since she is a self-proclaimed “purse freak.”

According to Cermak, donations for the fundraiser have come from all over. They have drop-off collection boxes at the Heritage High School cafeteria, at Blount Memorial Hospital, at Firehouse Subs and collected purses during the Heritage High School home football game against Seymour on Aug. 27.

Some popular name brands that bargain hunters can purchase are Nine West, Liz Claiborne, Dooney and Bourke, Ralph Lauren, American Tourister, American Eagle, Aeropostale and Lancome, to name just a few.

In addition to purses, they will also have wallets, evening bags and totes in all styles. The prices will range from $1 and up.

“The purses we’re collecting are in really good shape,” Cermak said.

The proceeds from the handbag fundraiser go towards the Heritage High School football team.

According to Chris Patty, the booster president, money is being raised for a new field house for the players. Patty said the space could be used for team meetings and place to do drills or have indoor practice. He said that donors for materials and labor are needed so the plans can be approved by the school board.

“The biggest thing is that we have a lot of parents who are working really hard for the team,” Patty said. More fundraisers, including a golf tournament, are being planned.

In addition to raising funds, the boosters also help provide a pre-game meal for the 80 varsity football players and the 60 junior varsity players.

“We try to provide them what the school system can’t,” Patty said.

Cermak said the handbag sale would never have happened without the helping hands of the mothers of the players on the Heritage Mountaineer football team.

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