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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Literacy Network Hosts 7th Annual Handbags for Hope

The Literacy Network hosts their 7th annual Handbags for Hope event on Thursday, February 8. Handbags for Hope welcomes people across the tristate for a memorable evening to celebrate literacy in our city. This year’s event will be hosted at a new and exciting venue - the Newport Syndicate. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, raffles and a live and silent auction. 

Each year, the Literacy Network awards the Hope Award to a hardworking student who inspires the growth of literacy in Cincinnati. Big Dave, Chelsie, and Statt from B-105’s morning show will present the 2018 Hope Award winner. 

The Literacy Network’s Handbags for Hope always draws enthusiastic guests!
Tim Goldrainer of “The Menus” returns as Master of Ceremonies as guests raise their paddles for new designer handbags including: Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Burberry and more! Other live auctions items include a Chicago package with tickets to the Broadway play, Hamilton, and a lunch with the B-105 morning team. Silent auction items include designer handbags and Pack-a-Purse, in which unique purses are packed with gift cards and experiences. 

Raffles from previous years are back, with valuable prizes from Macy’s, Diamonds Rock and more. New favorites from last year are the Louis Vuitton and Golden Ticket raffles. 

“Each year I look forward to this event because it is a wonderful way to bring our community together,” Literacy Network President Michelle Otten Guenther stated. “During this fun-filled evening, we celebrate those who have worked diligently to overcome illiteracy and honor the generous individuals who have helped them achieve it. I am deeply grateful to all those who make our community stronger!”

Handbags for Hope is made possible by generous sponsors including: Hengehold Capital Management, LLC, The Menus, Merrill Lynch: Hambleton/Fieler Wealth Management Group, Busam Nissan, Raymond James, Graydon, Diamonds Rock, Mercy Health, Scripps Howard Foundation, Prestige AV & Creative Services, KMK Law, The Gerth Family, The Violet Rose, Tom & Bonnie Otten, Zaring Family Foundation, The Cobb Group, Seton High School, Seven Hills Women’s Health Centers, Macy’s, Ken & Cathy Feldmann, Katy Meinhardt, Mary Meinhardt, Kevin & Christy Meyer, Mickey Tibbs, Matt McDermott- Honeywell Intelligrated, Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Empower, B-105, Little Free Library, Fox19, Saks Fifth Avenue, Josh & Melissa Gerth, Joe & Shelly Gillis, Doug & Michelle Guenther, Nick Hahn, Andrew & Kim McDermott, Dr. John & CeAnn Raterman, Ken & Bette Zureick, Todd & Jodi Zureick, and Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery. 

Reservations are required, with the $60 ticket includig dinner and two drink tickets. Complimentary parking is available directly across the street. To make reservations, donate an item or learn about sponsorship, call 513-621-READ (7323) or visit All media are invited. 

The Literacy Network champions the development of literacy in the individual, the family, the workplace, the school and the community by raising awareness, improving access and serving as a catalyst for literacy efforts. The Literacy Network is also the home of Winners Walk Tall, a character building program for youth. All programs for adults and children are free and funded from private grants, donations and fundraising efforts.

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