United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division held its inaugural Power of the Purse event, a purse auction to benefit United Way, June 4, 2015, in Edwardsville. Approximately 200 women came out for a night of fun, designer handbags, food and friends at Lewis and Clark Community College’s N.O. Nelson Campus. 2015 Miss Rodeo Illinois, Ariel Weinman, also made a special appearance and volunteered throughout the evening. The event raised $12,083 to help local people through United Way.
EDWARDSVILLE — United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division will host the second annual Power of the Purse event Thursday, April 28.
The event, designed to be a ladies’ night out, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Lewis and Clark Community College’s N. O. Nelson Campus, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville.
Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy heavy appetizers from Bella Milano, a cash bar, a silent purse auction and live auction with a fashion showcase of designer handbags modeled by local male volunteers.
The cost is $25 per person or $250 for a table of 10, which includes sponsorship benefits. Additional sponsorship opportunities also are available. Proceeds will help local people through the Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis. To register or purchase a sponsorship, visit www.stl.unitedway.org/purse or contact United Way at (618) 258-9800 by April 21.
Lisa Hayes, 2016 Power of the Purse volunteer chair and BDS contracts and pricing trainer for Boeing, said she is excited to be spearheading this successful event to help the community.
“Last year’s Power of the Purse was such an amazing and fun evening all for a great cause, raising more than $12,000,” Hayes said. “I am honored to lead the charge this year to put on another stellar event for women to not only have fun but make a lasting impact on their community through United Way.”
Some of the high-end live auction handbags that will be up for bid include fashionable items from Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, Antonia Melani and more. Several of the handbags will contain tickets, jewelry or gift cards. A new feature of the event is that accessory items such as key chains, scarves and laptop bags will be available to bid on. Guests can participate in the Pick of the Purse raffle, a drawing for one of the live auction handbags (raffle winner’s choice).
“We wanted to make sure there is something for everyone — from high-end designer bags to stylish key chains and accessories — so we will have a wider variety of items this year,” Hayes said. “This year’s Power of the Purse is happening right before Mother’s Day, so it’s an ideal time to come out, have some fun with your friends or coworkers and pick up something for your mom, sister or friend. I encourage ladies to get your tickets now while you can since this event sold out fast last year.”
United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division helps more than 200,000 people each year throughout Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties. Thirty-eight local health and human service organizations are supported by United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division’s annual fundraising campaign.
For information, visit HelpingPeople.org or contact United Way at (618) 258-9800.