EAST ALTON — More than 250 women demonstrated their generosity and caring at the United Way Southwest Illinois Division’s second annual Power of the Purse event by raising $18,669 to help local people.
Power of the Purse, a United Way women’s fundraising event featuring a silent and live purse auction, took place April 28 at Lewis and Clark Community College’s N. O. Nelson Campus in Edwardsville.
Attendees enjoyed food donated by Bella Milano, a cash bar, three rounds of silent auctions for handbags, purses and accessories, and a live auction with 15 designer handbags modeled by well-known local men. A new addition to this year’s event included the popular Mystery Purse raffle, a $10 entry for a chance at a handbag valued at more than $300.
“We are thrilled this event was once again a big hit with guests and raised more than $6,000 over last year’s total of $12,083,” Lisa Hayes, Power of the Purse volunteer chair and BDS contracts and pricing trainer for Boeing, said. “Our models did a fantastic job, the atmosphere was electric and the food was superb. It was truly an honor to lead the hard-working committee in putting together this event to help local people through United Way.”
Proceeds from Power of the Purse will go to United Way’s annual fundraising campaign, which supports 38 local health and human service agencies. United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Southwest Illinois Division and its partner agencies help more than 200,000 people each year in Madison, Macoupin, Greene, Jersey and Calhoun counties.
“It was inspiring to watch how we as women can come together to make an impact in our community,” Hayes said. “A simple purchase of a purse, wallet or accessory can make a real difference in the life of a person in need. That is what’s so great about United Way’s Power of the Purse — it’s such a fun and unique ladies’ night out, all to help local people live their best possible lives.”
United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division would also like to thank Power of the Purse attendees, event and table sponsors, emcee Daryl Luster of United Way, auctioneer Mark Stewart and the Power of the Purse event committee for making this event a fantastic, successful evening.
Handbag models for Power of the Purse were:
- Dave Bartosiak of C. J. Schlosser & Company
- Mark Boeck of Cope Plastics, Inc.
- John Cunningham, Alton School District retiree
- Ben Goetten, Jersey County state’s attorney
- J.R. Gordon of Nautilus Fitness Center
- John Keller, Carrollton Bank retiree
- Dr. J.R. Keller of Chapel and Keller Dentistry
- Jay Korte of The Korte Company
- Jeff Lauritzen of Country Financial
- Mark Von Nida, Madison County circuit clerk
- Rob Schwartz of The Bank of Edwardsville
- Walt Williams of the city of Edwardsville
- Al Womack of the Boys and Girls Club of Alton
Purse committee members were:
- Ann Barron
- Sherri Boeck
- Dana Carmody
- Rose Gibson
- Jennifer Johnson
- Carla Luken
- Debra Pitts
- Amber Scott
- Page Selby
- Dawn Selvog
- Pennie Wisnasky
For information about United Way, visit HelpingPeople.org.