Power of the Purse


Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, POP2020, originally scheduled for April 30, has been postponed.
Out of respect for our donors, attendees, and staff, we feel that it is best
to move the event to a later date. We are unsure when that date will be.
This was a hard decision to make, but the health and safety of our community is our top priority.
Please, take care of yourself and one another, and reach out to us if there is anything that we can do. 
United Way of Southwest Minnesota Staff

Power of the Purse is an exciting event that brings together women from throughout southwest Minnesota with a commitment to our youngest learners. All money raised will be used for local initiatives that help effectively prepare young children in our area for kindergarten. Proceeds from this event will help provide the gift of literacy and learning for children in our service area, including such programs as:  Imagination Library, Wild About Kindergarten Readiness Kits, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Born Learning Trails, Little Red Bookshelf and more!

The 2020 Power of the Purse will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th at The Mercantile by Bello in Marshall and will include:

  • A silent auction featuring unique and interesting new handbags and/or accessories.
  • PLINKO! You can win gift certificates and/or small items donated by local individuals and businesses.  
  • DELUXE PACKAGES – Once again we plan to highlight 5-6 deluxe packages. A deluxe package might include gift certificates for a specific dollar amount, a special service/package and/or a fun/unique experience. Check back for details as they become available.
  • PRIZE VAULT - will feature a designer handbag.  Watch for more details coming soon!  Last year the prize vault featured a small Michael Kors handbag and an $800 gift certificate to Michael Kors.  What will this year's prize be?

All donated items will be available for preview on our website and social media prior to the event, and will include the donor’s business information.  Our goal is to have the handbags and deluxe packages displayed on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota website and social media by early April to get the maximum exposure for the products and your business!  This allows event attendees time to plan their bidding strategy.  Items will be promoted as we receive them!

Tickets are available to purchase now!  They are $45 each or you can purchase a full table of eight for $360.  Get a group together and reserve your spots now for this fun event!

Thanks for helping our home.

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