Live Entertainment and Giant Silent Auction to Highlight

Purse-Impressions Fundraising Event

Cave Creek AZ, January 27, 2020 

 For Immediate Release

Purse-Impressions 1st annual fundraising event ‘Bags & Brunch’ will feature live music by Acoustic Karma and a giant silent auction to support graduates from rehab start their new life by making a great first impression! The event takes place on Sunday February 23rd at Venues Café in Carefree, AZ from 11:30-3:30 pm

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Purse-Impressions mission is simple yet powerful: “To gift graduates from rehab with a purse, or backpack, that celebrates their accomplishments, allowing them to move forward with dignity, strength and the knowledge that someone cares”

In just 5 months, Purse-Impressions has donated 800 purses (and backpacks for men) to 7 addiction centers in AZ, CO, FL and Canada Their first annual fundraiser will be held February 23, 2020 at Venues Café in Carefree AZ.

How it started: Suddenly and tragically in June 2019 the founder Patricia Brusha’s 28-year-old daughter died from Cirrhosis of the liver. Courtney had struggled with addiction and due to years of alcohol abuse and heartbreaking to her mother, lost her battle.

 Courtney had been in and out of rehab and remarked that each time upon her release, she was given a plastic bag to put her personal items in. Courtney believed after spending the time to work on beating addiction, they deserved something better than a plastic bag.

Courtney thought she had beat her addiction and before she passed told her mom an idea she had to give back to the Centers by gifting each graduate  with a handbag, backpack or tote to help leave with dignity and respect.

That is how Purse-Impressions came to be.

Tickets are on sale on the website and only 50 tickets are available for the event. Attendees will enjoy the live music of Acoustic Karma while they browse a silent auction which includes spa, Italian, games, Zen, golf and fitness baskets to name a few. Original artwork, hotel room nights, designer purses and jewelry will also be available for auction.

Courtney’s passing was heartbreaking for Patricia to say the least, and as difficult as it was, she was able to turn grief into something that would honor her dear daughter while helping other women and men.

‘I have found that since I started the charity that everyone knows someone fighting addiction of some sort,” Stated Patricia, “ Substance abuse is something people have been afraid to talk about and Purse-Impressions has provided a safe space for people to share their stories with me”

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Patricia Brusha


About Purse-Impressions

In memory of the passing of Courtney Elizabeth Michaels (28 years old)  and her struggles with alcohol abuse, Purse-Impressions is  a Nonprofit Corporation started by her mother Patricia. Purse-Impressions mission is “T​o gift graduates from rehab with a purse that celebrates their accomplishments, allowing them to move forward with dignity, strength and the knowledge that someone cares.”

The Impact of Rebuilding lives 

A group of family, friends, and loved ones gathered on Saturday, July 13th to celebrate the life of Courtney M., a Munro alumni who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on June 4, 2019, due to cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure.

Courtney spent time rehab centres in Toronto and Phoenix, Arizona. Courtney always wanted to give back; she felt strongly about people being able to leave a treatment facility with dignity and feeling strong and ready for the next chapter of their lives.

It is not uncommon for those entering or leaving a Renascent treatment centre to arrive with their belongings in a plastic bag, or spilling out of their arms, because our clients are often coming to us from an unstable or temporary living situation. It was Courtney’s wish to provide graduates of Munro and other treatment facilities with a purse that they could call their own.

In Courtney’s memory, her mother Patricia B. and friend Celina have partnered to lead an initiative called “Purse-Impressions”. The aim is to collect purses and essential items for Renascent to give to women who are graduating and heading back out into the world having completed their inpatient treatment stay. They collected nearly 500 purses filled with items of self-care.

“The goal is to let them know they are not alone, they have value, they are people,” says Patricia.

Third-party events are organized by an individual, affiliated group, or organization for the purpose of raising funds on behalf of Renascent. Hosting your own event can be a fun and exciting way to raise money for a cause near and dear to your heart. Your network of friends and family may have never heard of Renascent before!

Some upcoming events that you may want to be a part of include the Renascent Laughs comedy night and the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. You can fundraise online to help us raise money to provide addiction recovery services for those who need them most. Visit us at or call Ryan Kerr at 416-847-6452 to learn more about upcoming events or to host your own event on behalf of Renascent.