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OVHC virtual auction: ‘Buy A Purse, Love A Nurse’

STEUBENVILLE — For the second year in a row, the Ohio Valley Health Center is shelving its traditional gala fundraiser that normally would be held in the spring, but hopes an approaching virtual fundraiser will help buy supplies for a specific program.

“Buy A Purse, Love A Nurse” is a Facebook auction that isn’t in place of the gala on hold again this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, according to Ann Quillen, the center’s executive director.

But it is a way to raise money and honor nurses in the process.

The Facebook auction starts live on April 26 and closes on May 1 with bidding instructions provided on the OVHC Facebook page.

The immediate effort, however, involves recruiting support in getting purses donated between now and April 23.

“We are asking for folks to donate a nice purse full of ‘goodies’ in honor of a nurse who is special to them or to their business/university,” Quillen explained.

“That nurse’s picture and brief bio will be connected to that purse in the auction. It’s a nice way for our local nurses to get some much deserved recognition,” she commented.

The purse can be in honor or in recognition of a nurse who has “a special place in your heart or medical practice,” a promotional flier notes. “Send a picture of your nurse and a one-to-two-sentence explanation why she/he deserves recognition. All honored nurses will be personally notified.”

Purses can be dropped off at the health center at 423 South St., Steubenville, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday or can be picked up by calling the health center at (740) 283-2856.

Winning bidders in the Facebook auction will be notified May 2, and purses can be picked up (preferably) at the health center. They also can be locally delivered or shipped when payment is made to OVHC.

All the proceeds will go to support the center’s Free To Be Healthy 2.0: Diabetes and Hypertension Program,” what Quillen described as “a fantastic and holistic approach to caring for our diabetic and hypertensive patients.”

In a letter to friends of the health center, Quillen wrote, “Like so many nonprofits, the Ohio Valley Health Center has had to postpone our primary fundraiser, the annual gala, due to COVID-19 restrictions. OVHC depends heavily on our yearly gala event to significantly support the fulfillment of our mission.

“To help offset operating costs, we have developed a new fundraiser to support the purchase of medical and testing supplies for our very successful and vital patient program — Free To Be Healthy 2.0: Diabetes and Hypertension Program.”

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