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2019 SI Pursonality Auction

Leah Bahr of American Heart Association, Kassie Taylor, Lindsey Fisher Hudson, Linda Holt, Terri Henry and Karina Neill collect purse packages for the 2019 Southern Illinois Pursonality Auction, to be Feb. 28 in Legends at Walker's Bluff. 

CARTERVILLE — On Tuesday evening, members of the 2019 Southern Illinois Pursonality committee met at the home of Lindsey Fisher Hudson to turn in donations for this year’s Go Red For Women Pursonalities Auction, which will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at Legends at Walker’s Bluff.

It will benefit the local American Heart Association.

The Go Red For Women Pursonalities Auction, sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare, is a fun and educational networking event designed to unite women in the community to spread the message about the importance of women’s heart health, as well as to celebrate and further the efforts of the Go Red For Women campaign.

Each purse is part of a basket that includes numerous prizes. Leah Bahr, corporate events director for the American Heart Association, said the event will feature more than 30 purses with bidding done in a silent auction.

Shoppers will find Saluki-themed baskets, baskets that highlight local goods and services, like gift certificates to local restaurants and Southern Illinois wine.

“Michael Kors is probably the most popular purse we will have,” Linda Holt said.

“And we have lots of them,” Terri Henry added.

What are in these purse-baskets? Baskets have a Las Vegas vacation, use of a 40-foot RV for tailgating at a Saluki football game, a weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, and so much more.

Each basket has a theme. A few examples include a Panama themed basket with coffee, typical treats and artwork from Panama; an Old Hollywood basket with martini glasses, a shaker and ingredients, a black purse with Versace scarf and more donated by The Flame Restaurant in Carbondale; a wine lovers basket; and a Michael Kors purse with a certificate for a family photography session from Karina Neill Photography in Herrin.

For Kassie Taylor, the event is not only purse-onal, it is personal. Her husband, Al, is the new administrator at SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, but he might not have lived long enough to take that job if he did not have a habit of volunteering to be the “patient” for new procedures.

Al Taylor, a runner and triathlete, knew doctors at his former hospital in North Carolina were doing a new procedure, so he volunteered to be the guinea pig. Kassie Taylor said a nurse was confused by the results of the procedure and told the doctor it was not working.

“The doctor said the test was working, but his heart was not,” Kassie Taylor said. “They discovered he had a congenital heart defect.”

He had surgery to correct his congenital heart defect and he recovered.

“That’s how I got involved in the American Heart Association. Terri Henry invited me to help with the auction,” Kassie Taylor said.

This event includes a Pursonalities auction, a short program, an Open Your Heart Appeal and delicious, heart-healthy appetizers, complete with a signature drink. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets to the auction are $50 and must be purchased online. You must purchase a ticket to bid.

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Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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