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The Power of the Purse was Powerful!

The Cowlitz Regional Conference Center ballroom was bursting with energy and love on Thursday, October 15th as United Way premiered its first annual "The Power of the Purse" event benefiting its 22 partner agencies.

There were 46 raffle purses and prizes and silent auction items in addition to great food, beverage and fashion show entertainment featuring clothing from Macy's, Maurice's, Estetica Spa & Boutique, Bob's Sporting Goods and JCPenney. 21 local female business women showcased the clothing and got the crowd pumped. The event drew in 250 ladies and raised just shy of $17,000 for the 2016 United Way Campaign, "Charting the Course to Change."

Special Congratulations to Sandy Junker (Director of Head Start), recipient of the 2015 Woman of Excellence Award presented at the event. Support from sponsors, volunteers and prize donors made this event a huge success!

Big thanks to: KLOG, KUKN, The Wave, Weyerhaeuser, JH Kelly, Summerland Catering, Cascade Select Market, Heritage Bank, Cathlamet Realty West, NORPAC and Mick & Cathy Fox (sponsors). Thank you to our models: Heather Snyder, Corie Dow, Nadine Lemmons, Carey Mackey, Kimmy Cramer, Marlene Johanson, Christi Brittain, Sue Piper, Alice Dietz, Erin Hart, Amy Hallock, Amber Rogers, Kim Schlais, Sarah Hancock, Bianca Lemmons, Marin Fox-Hight, Pam Whittle, Jennifer Harrington, Gretchen Taylor, Ashley Deal & Barb Sudar. Big thanks to Margaret Lapic, Diane Glase, Judi Smith, Kathie Griffin, Barbara Fisher, Graham Bailey, John Anderson, Mick Fox, Terry McLaughlin and Ray Bartley our fabulous event DJ, and John Paul our charismatic co-emcee (volunteers). Big thanks to our partner agencies for creating unique centerpieces for the event that reflected their services and programs, and thank you to to our prize donors: KapStone, KLOG/KUKN/The Wave, Banda's Bouquet's, Cheryl Nelson, Estetica Spa & Boutique, Maurice's, Emergency Support Shelter, Volunteer Chore Services & Board, Jamie Foster, Cindy Wardlow, Barbara Fisher, Julie Kendall, Judi Smith, Macy's, Bob's Sporting Goods, Head Start, The Original Kristi's, Calvary Community Church, Margaret Lapic, Lotus Kindred, The Red Hat Thrift Shop, Lower Columbia College, Helene Watson, JCPenney, Verla Meints, Sue Warila, Parent's Place and The Clark Family. Also, big thanks to the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center for outstanding service!

Stay tuned for this event to come back again next October!