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Power of the Purse set for April 28

EAST ALTON – United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division will host its sixth annual Power of the Purse event at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at Clark Community College’s NO Nelson Campus, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville.

The event includes Bella Milano appetizers, drinks, a silent handbag auction and a live auction with a fashion showcase of designer handbags. Admission is $30 per person with additional sponsorship opportunities available. All proceeds will help local people through the Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis. To register or purchase a sponsorship, visit or contact Millie Bond at 618-258-9800.

Lisa Hayes, Chair of the Power of the Purse Volunteer Committee and Global Talent Acquisition Specialist, College Recruitment Operations Specialist at Boeing, is once again leading the event.

“We are really looking forward to being able to host the Power of the Purse event again after having had to cancel the last two years due to COVID,” said Hayes. “We have a great selection of designer handbags and fun accessories, so there really is something for everyone at this auction. And it’s all going to help people in the communities where we live and work, so people can get out there and have fun while giving back!

Some of the high-end handbags at live auctions include items from Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Dooney & Bourke, Tory Birch and Vera Bradley. Guests can also enter a Pick of the Purse raffle for one of the live auction handbags of the winner’s choice or the Mystery Purse raffle. Selected jewelry will also be displayed during the silent auction.

Event sponsors include Gori, Julie & Associates; 1st MidAmerica Credit Union; Cope Plastics; Busey Bank; Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, PC; Phillips 66. Additional sponsorships are always available at

United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division helps nearly 200,000 people each year in Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties. Dozens of local health and social service organizations are supported by United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division’s annual fundraising campaign.

For more details, visit or contact Millie Bond at 618-258-9800.

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