By: Staci Rutherford
Last year I was invited to join the planning committee of “Power of the Purse,” a fun event with fabulous bags, fantastic women and fundraising for a wonderful cause. “Power of the Purse” is in its 9th year that includes a silent and live auction of purses to benefit local women and children charities. It is the signature fundraiser of Women In Philanthropy, a diverse group of professional women dedicated to investing in helping disadvantaged women and children in the Midlands.
I was excited to help with “Power of the Purse,” and made it my mission to find unique, handmade, and designer bags for the auctions. Since I spend a majority of my time researching and networking with handbag designers and companies, I decided to contact them, along with anyone else I could think of, to donate a bag. The experience was far more rewarding than I anticipated. Everyone who attended enjoyed an evening of guilt free shopping, a martini luge and mingling with other dynamic women. In the end, every handbag sold! Check out a few pictures from last year’s “Power of the Purse” below:
Women In Philanthropy’s goal is to make this year’s “Power of the Purse” bigger and better than the last. Wink Magazine is the official digital media sponsor, and has offered me the opportunity to feature the “best of the best” bags in a future issue. Proceeds from “Power of the Purse” are invested in Women in Philanthropy’s grants that benefit women and children in the Midlands. In addition to community philanthropy, Women in Philanthropy stimulates positive change in community leadership by increasing women’s involvement in the community, increasing women’s community networks and increasing the personal development of all women involved.
“Power of the Purse” is expected to sell out, so visit www.womeninphilantropy.com to register in advance. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to the gift bags (there will be 250 women attending), there are opportunities to do both! Grab your girlfriends and come out to shop while supporting a fantastic cause!