The Power of the Purse is the title of a new event sponsored by the Southwest Illinois Division of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.  The first-ever fundraiser features a live and silent purse auction, heavy appetizers and drinks, and a night geared toward women and their friends. 

The event will be held on Thursday June 4 at the N.O. Nelson campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville.   There will be a silent and live auction for the purses, donated by local businesses and individuals.  The live auction will include a fashion showcase with local, well-known male models.  Tickets are $25 per person or a table of eight for $200.  Reservations must be made by May 28, and to sign up call 258-9800 or follow a link at


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