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‘Purses and Pearls’ luncheon set Aug. 23

The third-annual Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Purses & Pearls Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, and will include a live auction of designer purses and pearl jewelry.

Some of the proceeds from the event, presented by Kimball’s Jewelers, go to support the Purses & Pearls of Anderson County Scholarship Fund.

The focus of the luncheon is on young women planning professional careers, according to the chamber.

The chamber began the Purses & Pearls luncheons in August 2020, with the initial event celebrating the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage – passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote.

This year’s event will be held at the Faith Promise Anderson Campus, 1115 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Suite 4.

Lunch will be catered by Hanna’s Inc.

Tickets are $50 each, and may be purchased online at

Local auctioneer Bear Stephenson will conduct the sale. There also will be door prizes, and a photobooth, along with networking opportunities for attendees.

Among the auction items are purses by Kate Spade, Patricia Nash, Michael Kors, Dooney & Bourke, Nine West, Coach and more,

Master of ceremonies will be Tearsa Smith, anchor of Knoxville TV station WATE’s “Good Morning, Tennessee” show.

The keynote speaker will be Joan Cronan, athletic director-emeritus of the University of Tennessee. She was women’s athletic director at UT from 1983-2012, then became athletic director and vice chancellor before retiring.

Besides Kimball’s Jewelers, other sponsors of the luncheon include:

• Ruby Sponsors – 3M, Bridgewater Balance & Hearing, TCAT-Knoxville and Y-12 Federal Credit Union

• Pearl Sponsors – Clinch River Mercantile, Energy Solutions/MHF Services, Fox Toyota, M&M Title Co., ORUD Natural Gas, PCUD Natural Gas, and Paschal Solutions, Inc.

• Opal Sponsors – Clinch River Marketing, Meadow View Senior Living, The Salvation Army.

• Jewelry Sponsor – Peters Jewelers.

The Purses & Pearls Scholarship Fund gives scholarships each year to three high school senior girls who intend to pursue professional careers.

For more information about the event, visit the website