Heart of Illinois
United Way

2017 Power of the Purse collage

2018 Power of the Purse

  • Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
  • Event 5:30-8:30 p.m. (short program at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria
  • $50/person or $500 for Reserved Table of 10
  • Click here to make a reservation! Seats are limited.

From silent auctions for designer purses to great raffle prizes, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy fashion and a fun night out. Event proceeds benefit programs focused on women and children including women's scholarship endowments, snack pack nutrition programs for local children, and more. Funds raised by the Power of the Purse make a positive, lasting impact. In 2017, the event generated more than $123,000.

For the 2017-2018 school year, Power of the Purse snack pack grants were awarded to six central Illinois agencies to provide nutritious snacks and small meals to more than 1,600 children who depend on school meals during the week. Since our first event in 2014, more than 20 low-income women in central Illinois have been able to further their education through scholarship awards.

For photos from the 2017 Power of the Purse, or updates on the 2018 event, visit our Facebook page or follow Power of the Purse on Instagram.

Thank You to Our 2018 Underwriters...

2018 Power of the Purse Underwriters: Illinois Mutual; Lenny the Lawyer; Morgan Stanley - Cathy Butler Financial Advisor; Morgan Stanley - Caroyn Weaver, Financial Advisor; PNC Bank; Par-a-Dice Hotel & Casino.

Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors!

Michael Kors Level
OSF HealthCare
WTC Investments

Coach Level
Associated Bank
Commerce Bank
Margee & Mike Cullinan
Bernie & Teresa Koch
PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Vera Bradley Level
Advanced Technology Services
Cullinan Properties
Davis & Campbell
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
Heartland Bank and Trust Company
Tana Utley

Event Donation Level
Bard Optical
Jim & Joan Carlson
Crowe Horwath LLP
Randall Schrock
Soderstrom Skin Institute
Tri-Jen Inc.

Thank You to Our 2018 Power of the Purse Committee

Michelle Carrothers, OSF HealthCare, Co-Chair
Gail Garrison, Ameren Illinois, Co-Chair

2018 Steering Committee
Patti Bash, Community Volunteer
Shelli Dankoff, OSF HealthCare
Colleen DiGiallonardo, Community Volunteer
Elizabeth Doye, UnityPoint Health – Methodist | Proctor
Katie Kim, The Kim Group
Jennifer Pearce, Community Volunteer

Committee Members
Libby Allison, OSF HealthCare
Michelle Beal, River City Construction, LLC
Stacy Campbell, OSF HealthCare
Paula Cirone, Community Volunteer
Samantha Conley, Community Volunteer
Kathy Dolan, Caterpillar Inc.
Ginny Everett, Community Volunteer
Judi Gentry, Community Volunteer
Cheryl Gnepper, CEFCU
Diana Hall, Bard Optical
Beth Hardy, Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois
Gretchen Heiar, Community Volunteer
Rebecca Schulman Herz, PlayHouse Children's Museum
Amira Vicari-Hills, Vonchen, Lawless, Trager, & Slevin
Sharon Kauzlarich, OSF HealthCare
Becky Kentzel, OSF HealthCare
Jacqueline Matulis, OSF HealthCare
Becky Noble, Community Volunteer
Trish Rankin, Community Volunteer
Christina Robinson, Junior League of Peoria
Lindsey Stephan, Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois
Jenna Wiesner, PNC

Questions about this year's event?
Contact Gina Edwards at 309-674-5181, ext. 1234 or gina.edwards@unitedway.org