Silent purse auction fundraiser to support CRIS

A silent purse auction to benefit Community Resources for Independent Seniors will be held at the Brae-Loch Inn over two nights, Nov. 18 (preview and bidding in conjunction with Ladies Night Out) and Nov. 19 (socializing, refreshments bidding and auction).

Purses include designer labels, local artisan creations, vintage bags and purses from distinguished women. All proceeds will go to CRIS. Event organizers welcome and appreciate donations of new or gently used purses. Donations are accepted at bright pink purse drop boxes at Kinney Drugs, Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce, Cazenovia Jewelry, The Gallery, Lillie Bean, Key Bank, Cazenovia College Copy Shop and Nelson Farms Country Store.

CRIS is an organization formed to address a wide range of needs for seniors with a goal of helping them to stay active participants in our community and remain in their homes as they age.

In May 2010, the first program, CRIS-CAT (Cazenovia Area Transportation), began offering transportation to residents of Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner aged 55 and above who are ambulatory but unable to drive. CRIS worked to attract At Home Independent Living, Inc. to begin services in the greater Cazenovia area. This is a non-medical service to help with basic needs such as meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry and companion services. CRIS is continuing to work on identifying service gaps and collaborate with existing service providers to bring needed services to Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner.

For more information or to arrange for a purse pick-up, call 655-2786.

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