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Purse fever: Luxury handbags snapped up in a frenzy as Dominique Sachse looks on

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28 Diane Caplan, from left, Lori Geshay and Ashlee Elmore at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Luncheon chair Diane Caplan, from left, Lori Geshay and Ashlee Elmore. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
111 Marina Tatum, left, and Nina Khantignavong at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Marina Tatum, left, and Nina Khantignavong. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
32 Jenny Dowen, from left, Todd Ramos and Larissa Lenton at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Jenny Dowen, from left, Todd Ramos and Larissa Lenton. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
83 Shopping at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
The ladies shopped from a selection of close to 200 handbags. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
279 Christie Sullivan, left, and Alissa Maples at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Christie Sullivan, left, and Alissa Maples. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
295 Fady Armanious and Shelley Ludwick at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Fady Armanious and Shelley Ludwick. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
105 Donae Chramosta, left, and Monica Abney at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Donae Chramosta, left, and Monica Abney. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
174 Kathleen Jennings, left, and Ting Bresnahan at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Kathleen Jennings, left, and Ting Bresnahan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
194 Hannah McNair, from left, David Peck and Joanna Marks at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Hannah McNair, from left, David Peck and Joanna Marks. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
71 Shopping at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Shopping. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
79 Neal Hamil model in Festari suit with men’s bag for bid at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Neal Hamil model in Festari suit with men’s bag for bid. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
101 Jackie Sheahan, left, and Kim Trimble at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Jackie Sheahan, left, and Kim Trimble. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Diane Caplan, Dominique Sachse, Larissa Linton and NAME at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Diane Caplan, from left, Dominique Sachse, Larissa Linton and Kristy Hensel. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13_More handbags at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
The offerings were rich and Heroes & Handbags. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
2 Elaine Turner handbags at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Elaine Turner provided a wealth of handbags for bidding. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
28 Diane Caplan, from left, Lori Geshay and Ashlee Elmore at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
111 Marina Tatum, left, and Nina Khantignavong at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
32 Jenny Dowen, from left, Todd Ramos and Larissa Lenton at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
83 Shopping at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
279 Christie Sullivan, left, and Alissa Maples at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
295 Fady Armanious and Shelley Ludwick at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
105 Donae Chramosta, left, and Monica Abney at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
174 Kathleen Jennings, left, and Ting Bresnahan at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
194 Hannah McNair, from left, David Peck and Joanna Marks at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
71 Shopping at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
79 Neal Hamil model in Festari suit with men’s bag for bid at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
101 Jackie Sheahan, left, and Kim Trimble at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
Diane Caplan, Dominique Sachse, Larissa Linton and NAME at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
13_More handbags at Heroes and Handbags May 2014
2 Elaine Turner handbags at Heroes and Handbags May 2014

With more energy than shoppers at a Filene's basement sale, 450 gals and a sprinkling of guys charged through the Omni Houston Hotel lobby ready to bid on some 200 designer handbags during the popular Heroes & Handbags fundraiser.

"You all were like you were on crack," quipped honorary chair Dominique Sachse as she addressed the luncheon crowd. "I hope you got the bag you wanted."

Diane Caplan chaired the event that brought in more than $230,000 for Heroes for Children, the non-profit that provides financial and social assistance to families with children suffering with cancer. Sharing their stories and explaining the mission were Heroes for Children founders, Larissa Linton and Jenny Dowen, both of whom  lost children to cancer. Heroes for Children volunteer Christina Papandreou received the Spirit of Allie & Taylor Award for her support of the charity.

But before the luncheon took on its serious note, it was shopping fun and more fun as guests sipped mimosas and lighter beverages and bid on the coveted handbags. Some of the auction items were brand new such as the cache of bags from Elaine Turner and Tory Burch and others were donated from fashionista closets. Among the offerings were a purple Louis Vuitton bag donated by Diane Lokey Farb, a Valentino bag from Lynn Wyatt's stash and a Barbara Bui donated by Becca Cason Thrash.

Applause, applause for handbag chairs Lori Geshay and Todd Ramos who pulled together the enticing collection of must-have bags.

Among the chic shoppers were Tatiana Massey, Cherie Flores, Tiffany Halik, Reyne Hirsch, Amy Lee, Fady Armanious, Ting Bresnahan, Donae Chramosta, Patti Murphy, Jeff Shell, Alissa Maples, Tod Eason, Virginia Steppe, Chad Miller, Joanna Marks, Hannah McNair and Christie Sullivan.

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