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Power of the Purse

There’s power when we work together for good.


Power of the Purse is an annual fundraising event hosted by Women United to help everyone in McLean County find pathways to prosperity.


This lively friends’ night out is a fun-filled evening fundraiser with an electronic silent auction for new designer bags from brands like Vera Bradley, COACH, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Dooney & Bourke. Other bids and raffles are always part of the evening, giving attendees the chance to win spa packages, jewelry, and gift baskets.


For our 2023 event, proceeds supported our children’s literacy initiative, in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Research shows that when kids have access to books at home, their academic standing in both reading and math soar.


Join us at next year’s event!




Power of the Purse 2023


This year’s event took place June 14 at the Doubletree by Hilton. Food stations opened at 5:30 p.m.m and the program began at 6:00 p.m. The electronic silent auction featured more than 130 new designer bags! There were also bids for spa packages as well as a 50/50 Raffle, Jack Lewis Lago’s Gem Bracelet (valued at $1,000), and a Bremer Jewelry Louis Vuitton Purse Basket (valued at $2,500).


More than $XXXX was raised to boost childhood literacy in our community! We’re grateful for all who participated—they are change agents helping kids in McLean County find the path to future success.


Many thanks to these event sponsors! Their investment through UWMC opens pathways to prosperity throughout our community.


Chanel Sponsor

Cumulus Radio-Bloomington (WJBC, WBNQ, B104)
Michael Kors Sponsor Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center
Michael Kors Sponsor Little Jewels Learning Centers
Michael Kors Sponsor Bremer Jewelry
Michael Kors Sponsor PNC Bank
Wine Pull Sponsor OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
Chocolate Sponsor Ferrero Candy Company
COACH Sponsor Blooming Tree Wealth Management
COACH Sponsor Green Top Grocery
COACH Sponsor Pekin Insurance
COACH Sponsor Pip Printing & Advertising
COACH Sponsor Lamar Advertising
COACH Sponsor Jack Lewis Jewelers
Kate Spade Sponsor First State Bank
Kate Spade Sponsor That's What She Said
Kate Spade Sponsor Merle Norman