The eighth annual Purses with a Purpose raised more than $20,000 to go directly toward supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Shelter House’s signature event returned to Grand Boulevard March 22-24. This year’s event was the most lucrative year since the event’s inception in 2010, raising more than $20,000 for Shelter House.

Hundreds of women gathered Thursday night at Grand Boulevard to peruse the expansive silent auction of hundreds of new and gently used designer handbags and accessories while enjoying craft beer, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Four local ladies were honored as a “SpokesPURSEn” for Shelter House — Aimee Shaffer, Jen Deeb, Erin Igram and Mara Clark, all local business women who have continually shown support for Shelter House’s mission. They each raised money for weeks before the event. Shaffer was named “SpokesPURSEn of the Year” for raising more than $1,200 alone for Shelter House.

Purses with a Purpose reopened on March 23 for “Handbags and Happy Hour” for guests to enjoy cocktails while shopping through the handbag selection that remained after the auction. On March 24, Purses with a Purpose opened early and attendees enjoyed muffins, mimosas and deep discounts on all remaining bags and accessories. Since its inception, Purses with a Purpose has raised more than $110,000 to support Shelter House’s critical services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in Okaloosa and Walton counties.