On Sunday, November 8, more than 165 generous women joined together virtually for Women United‘s signature fundraising event, Power of the Purse. The event raised $62,000, which will support early literacy programs in Lake County, IL. Those funds will help ensure the foundation for strong and successful academic futures for Lake County’s most vulnerable children.
In past years, Power of the Purse has been an in-person fundraising event with games and a champagne brunch. Due to COVID-19 and to ensure all attendees’ safety, we adapted Power of the Purse into an online buying and bidding shopping experience. The event featured 50 designer bags, 20 silent auction purses, baskets, and items. Additionally, women could help send underserved children to a Summer BOOST Learning Program for incoming kindergarten students with little to no preschool experience. Furthermore, books and toys for preschool learning centers in Lake County’s low-income communities were also available to be bought and donated.
“We are thrilled about the success of this year’s Power of the Purse event, which surpassed our fundraising goals,” said event chair Judy Kotsiopoulos. “While we were not able to be together in person due to the pandemic, we worked hard to transform this year’s event into a fun online experience knowing that our local children have never needed us more. We are extremely grateful for the generous support of Women United members and their friends who make this event possible every year.”
Women United’s Little Kids, Big Futures Fund is directed by members and since 2014 nearly $700,000 has been raised and granted for early literacy programs with the goal of creating lasting change in Lake County
United Way of Lake County recognizes the sponsors for 2020’s Power of the Purse:
To learn more about Women United, visit LIVEUNITEDlakecounty.org/wu.