Cajon Pharmacy

Khalid Mahfouz, a pharmacist at Cajon Pharmacy in Redlands, is one of thefrontline heroes being saluted at this year’s Purse Party, a virtual fundraiser for the Redlands Symphony.

The Redlands Symphony Purse Party, a unique fundraising event that benefits the orchestra’s concert series and music education programs for kids, will go virtual this year. Bidding at the “party” which will feature 100 new and gently loved handbags, begins at 3 p.m. on March 3. Bidding will end at 7 p.m. on March 9. The auction catalog will open for viewing (no bidding) on Feb. 15. Event registration and raffle tickets for a treasure trove of gift cards will also be available until March 2.

Access to the purse party and the catalog viewing will be available by going to

redlandssymphony.com/purse. There is no charge for admission to the party.

This year, in addition to raising money for the symphony, the purse Party will salute everyday heroes who have provided a range of community services since the start of the COVID pandemic.

The heroes include: Dr. Deborah Behringer of Redlands Community Hospital ER, Redlands Chief of Police Chris Catren, Mariposa Elementary School teacher Kelly Hornung, Dr. Darcy Mainville of Loma Linda University ER, Khalid Mahfouz of Cajon Pharmacy, Tom Reingrover of Gerrard’s Market and Redlands firefighter Bobby Whitmore.

“The Symphony wanted to express its gratitude to a representative group of Redlands community members who have provided extraordinary service to local residents during these challenging times. We wanted to say thank you and publicly acknowledge their good work,” according to Ann Bryan, a member of the event’s planning committee.

A host of top designers including Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Burberry, Michael Kors,

Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Brighton, Mario Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Zac Posen and many more, will be presented in the auction this year. The highest bidder will take home the purse. All purses are expected to be sold.

“We’re very fortunate to have several local people who donate designer bags for this event,” Bryan said, “And this year, we have a preponderance of new purses from our troop of dedicated shoppers who have been working tirelessly to assemble a fantastic selection of top-notch bags.”

The symphony is still accepting purse donations. To make arrangements to donate purses, call the symphony office at (909) 885-5565.

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