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Thursday, May 30

DoubleTree by Hilton, Bloomington

Photos by Lewis Marien

What happens when you combine 350 women and 130 purses? A whole lot of good happens. The fourth annual Power of the Purse was more than fun and girlfriends and amazing purses, although there was a lot of that. The heart of the evening was raising money for local at-risk youth and helping them set a career path through Heartland Community College.

Local philanthropists Drake and Jan Elfline Zimmerman generously offered a $10,000 match if that much could be raised during the fund-a-need portion of the evening. And the ladies rose to the challenge.

Also announced that evening was a new affiliate group of United Way — Women United! Women United is a community of women who work together to build stronger communities by empowerment and celebrating successes.

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