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Power of the Purse Brings in Record Donations

For those of you that missed it, the eighth annual Power of the Purse was a night to remember. Women United delivered a delightful evening of for 230 guests that raised over $90,000 to promote financial stability and self-sufficiency women and girls.

Emcee Leatta Dahlhoff had the crowd engaged with her effervescing wit and ever-present selfie stick. We don’t think we broke the Internet, but everyone had a great time trying. Attendees had a wide array of items to choose from in the silent and live auctions and the bidding was hot.




The evening featured keynote speaker Maria Blet, a longtime supporter of United Way in her home state of Florida and a major leader for Women United, who is currently serving as the Chair of the Women United Global Leadership Council (WUGLC). Maria shared some amazing stories of the successes of other Women United affinity groups around the country and reinforced the critical importance that women have in fostering and implementing social change.



Women United welcomed 10 new sustaining members thanks to a matching challenge from Brenda Williams, Women United member and board member of WUGLC. For one of the newest members it was amazingly obvious why she needed to be involved.

“Women United is a powerful force for good in our community. I knew I had to be a part of it,” said Melissa Stone, who joined at Power of the Purse. “It is abundantly clear that this is a group of women leaders who contribute their personal passions, best ideas and unique strengths to the mission of building communities.”

Power of the Purse also marked the kick off of the Dignity Project, a new initiative of Women United to gather personal hygiene supplies for those in need in Thurston County. United Way of Thurston County accepts donations of any personal hygiene supplies at our office located at 1211 East 4th St, Olympia, WA during regular business hours.