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Power of the Purse

Hannah Lefler, left, places a bid during the third annual United Way of McLean County's Power of the Purse on May 31, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Bloomington. The event featured about 120 designer purses for bidding and purchase with guests using smartphones and an electronic bidding process. The fourth annual Power of the Purse fundraiser has been scheduled for May 30 at the DoubleTree.

BLOOMINGTON — Youths in need should benefit from an annual fundraiser geared toward women.

The fourth annual Power of the Purse, hosted by United Way of McLean County, will be 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Veterans Parkway and Brickyard Drive, Bloomington.

"Proceeds from this event will provide financial support and scholarships for at-risk youth in McLean County and we plan to build on some of United Way's current efforts, like the Breakfast Club," event Chair Stephanie McClellan said in a prepared statement.

The Breakfast Club is the monthly program of United Way and several other community partners to connect youths who may have felt disconnected from the community with the community through discussions, introductions to different area and careers in McLean County and community service projects.

The event fundraising goal is $20,000, Pat Grosso, United Way director of resource development and the event coordinator, said on Friday.

Power of the Purse will include more than 100 designer purses for bidding and purchase with guests using smartphones and an electronic bidding process. There also will be a silent auction, wine pull and raffle.

Tickets are $45, which includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are available at www.BidPal.net/unitedwaymcpop2019. Anyone interested in being a sponsor or volunteer may contact Grosso at 309-828-7383 or at pgrosso@uwaymc.org.

Last year's event, attended by more than 400 women, raised $22,608.65 for the Community Cancer Center, which used the money for a replacement PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) scanner.

Previous Power of the Purse events raised money for YWCA McLean County Labyrinth, Mid Central Community Action's Neville House and Habitat for Humanity of McLean County's Women Build crew.

"Power of the Purse really demonstrates and celebrates the power of women's philanthropy in our community," said McClellan, vice president and senior fiduciary adviser with PNC Wealth Management.

Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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