In a quest to restore Versailles the Governor’s Mansion to it’s historic charm, First Lady Tonette Walker is hosting a fundraiser so poor taxpayers won’t have to foot the bill. “Leading ladies” have been asked to donate handbags filled with their favorite things, which they will auction off to each other, along with playing croquet and sipping wine at the residence.

Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “I am inviting fellow leading ladies like yourself to please join me in donating a purse filled with some of your favorite things. The purses will then be raffled off at the event,” Tonette Walker added. “For example, I’ll be donating a Tignanello bag filled with some of my can’t-live-without items like my favorite shade of Bobbi Brown lipstick and an Aveda hand cream that I can’t get enough of.”

The value of Tonette’s goody-filled handbag?

  • A Tignanello handbag from Macy’s: $159
  • Bobbi Brown lipstick in your favorite shade: $23
  • Aveda hand cream that you can’t get enough of: $20

Total: $202

Can’t live without lipstick and lotion?

Try telling that to the 14.4% of the state’s population on food stamps in July. Their average monthly foodstamp allotment: $250 (just $8.22/day).

C’est la vie.

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