On Thursday, May 14, the Gallagher Centre on the Eastern Star Campus was abuzz with excitement as United Way of Knox County hosted its first annual Power of the Purse. A sold out crowd of women enjoyed an array of top of the line Live Auction and Silent Auction purses, a delectable dinner, scrumptious desserts, music and entertainment provided by local men who served as waiters and models for the evening. Nearly $30,000 was raised at Power of the Purse . . . . $29,722.34 to be exact!
Proceeds from the event will support United Way's Women's Leadership Initiative. This year, the mission of WLI is to bring ROX -Ruling Our eXperiences to more areas in Knox County. This program is an evidence based empowerment program for girls in 4th grade through high school. ROX helps girls develop skills to deal with social, personal, and academic issues including: girl bullying and relational aggression; healthy dating and forming healthy relationships; cyberbulling, body image and the media; navigating social media; dealing with sexual harrassment and violence; and leadership development for girls. Visit ROX to learn more and stayed tuned for exciting updates during the 2015-2016 school year.
We exude deep gratititude to the following individuals and businesses who volunteered; donated a purse, gift certificate, or accessory item; or who made an in-kind donation for Power of the Purse:
|Down Home Leather||Kenyon Inn||Dr. Jennifer Ogle|
|Sher Alloway||Brent Lasater||Pam Rose|
|Mark Bennett||Pat Law||Lisa Schott|
|Boucher Family of Restaurants||Shannon Levering||Judy Smith|
|Adam Brenneman||Jane Marlow||Brenda Stafford|
|Charlie and Kelly Brenneman||Jason Morey||Justin Todd|
|Pat Brubaker||Krys Mortellaro||Joe Sims|
|Cindi Dolittle||A Mystical Moment inTime||Brad Feightner|
|Nick Fiorilli||Gloria Lasater||Amy Mickley|
|Mike Fuller||Marilyn Nagy||Dave Perry|
|Jesse Marlow||Kelly Nugent||Denise Conway|
|Dee Hoeflich||Jen Odenweller|