ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — A purse auction was held in Altoona Wednesday night to help raise money for victims and survivors of abuse and sexual assault.

Nearly 450 people attended the 5th Annual Purple Purse fundraiser that was held at the Jaffa Shrine Center. Guests bid on different styles of purses in a live auction that featured bags from Kate Spade, Dooney and Burke, Coach and more. There were basket raffles and other prizes to win such as a trip to the beach. A buffet dinner was also served along with a cash bar.

Those who could not attend in person had the option to bid online in a silent auction. Guests could also bid from their seats if they chose to remain socially distanced.

The event was organized by Family Services Incorporated of Blair County who have helped over 900 adults and children who experienced abuse and other violent crimes. All money raised during the event will help fund the Victim Services Program.

Program Director Ashley Gay Vocco says the money raised during the auction helps tremendously with the funding needed to provide support for those in need.

“The funds raised tonight and all throughout the year go directly to helping those in Blair County who need it the most,” Vocco said. “We do get some grant money and funding and we have lots of other money sources but it’s still not enough, especially when you think about all the services that people who are experiencing that type of abuse and violence need to heal and move on. It takes a lot.”

The fundraiser reportedly generated $25,000 in 2021 and the program has raised more than $85,000 for multiple services to help victims. More information on the Purple Purse auction can be found online.