Submitted by United Way of Lewis County

For the last 13 years, United Way of Lewis County’s Power of the Purse special event has brought together local women from all walks to life to celebrate the power of women’s philanthropy and leadership in Lewis County. Now in its 14th year, Power of the Purse has grown to be the largest women’s event in our community; igniting connectivity and passion for supporting the community through United Way.

What is typically a gathering of over 300 women on a lovely weekday evening in August, is now having to transition to a virtual program and online auction set to kick off on Tuesday, August 4 at 6:00 p.m. While it was the goal of the organization to be able to gather in person for this unique opportunity for women in Lewis County, the uncertainty of large gatherings led United Way to the next best option; a virtual Summertime Soiree for United Way.

“We thank our community for their commitment to our mission of lifting 30% out of poverty by 2030. The community’s support is critical now more than ever, and we appreciate the continued generosity,” states Debbie Campbell, Executive Director at United Way of Lewis County.

This year’s online event will feature a special live auction of beautiful purse packages and accessories, an online silent auction of designer handbags, short videos of inspiration and joy, messages from sponsors, and women-owned/women-run business spotlights. Guests will have the chance to come together with their best friends, family, or colleagues and host their own summer gathering; enjoying delicious appetizers and desserts by Once Upon A Thyme and Dawn’s Delectables, all while supporting United Way’s mission.

There are three different ticket levels for this year’s event; Summer Party Packs for eight people to host your own summer gathering, a package for two people, and a single ticket for participating in the online auction only.

This year’s sponsor lineup includes WSECU, Pacific Mobile Structures, Title Guaranty, and Cyndi Philbrook of Farmers Insurance.

For tickets to Power of the Purse and more detailed information, visit or call United Way at (360) 748-8100.

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