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Power of the Purse: Tickets Still Available for the Women’s Fund’s June 22 Fundraiser

By Jessica Isaacs | jessica@highcountrypress.com

Ready to make a difference in the lives of local women and girls?

Although the official deadline has passed to RSVP for the upcoming Power of the Purse Luncheon, the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge will continue selling tickets for their biggest annual fundraiser until they’re sold out.

The luncheon will take place at the Elk River Clubhouse in Banner Elk on Wednesday, June 22. Each $85 ticket ($55 of which is tax deductible) will support the fund’s grant making cycle in 2016.

WFBR Executive Director Karen Sabo says the trademarked event offers an opportunity to get involved that folks will often recognize, even if they spend most of their time out of town.

Karen Sabo addresses the crowd at the recent Women's Fund of the Blue Ridge grantee luncheon in Blowing Rock. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.
Karen Sabo addresses the crowd at the recent Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge grantee luncheon in Blowing Rock. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

“We purchase the trademark every year, and the nice thing about that is we have a lot of residents who are here just for the summer — and, by the way, I am consistently impressed with how generous these part-time residents are in an area where they live for a quarter of the year,” said Sabo. “When we use the ‘Power of the Purse’ name, they recognize it often because the may have one at the women’s fund where they come from in Charlotte, in Florida or something like that.”

The recently renovated clubhouse at Elk River offers a space that’s slightly smaller than venues used for the luncheon in the past, so it’s important to get tickets as soon as possible if you’d like to attend.

“Last year we had about 300 and this year it’s going to be about 260, so I’ve been urging people to get their RSVPs in as soon as possible,” Sabo said. “The official deadline was June 1, but we will continue to sell tickets until we’ve sold them out. We always start a waiting list, as well, so if people want to come but they’ve heard it’s sold out, they shouldn’t be discouraged. They can contact me and I’ll see if I can help them.”

Ticket sales for the program are just one of the ways this Power of the Purse luncheon will help the fund raise money this year.

A sponsorship booklet featuring the day’s events will list and describe the agencies that received grant funding from the organization last year.

“Our mission is to raise as much money as we can and give it away to local nonprofits that help women and girls, so you get to read about them. It has a few quotes from women and girls who we’ve helped through fundraising, and it also has a lot of ads from local businesses that support women,” said Sabo. “Those are all different kinds of businesses. It’s always really cool to leaf through and be so impressed with how much support we get from the community.”

The luncheon will also feature one of the largest silent auctions of local summer fundraisers in the area, featuring 160 items and packages up for grabs. Join the event for your chance to bid on prizes like one week at a ranch in Montana, one week at a resort in the Cayman Islands, tickets to Abingdon’s Barter Theatre, local restaurant gift certificates, massages, a foot treatment from podiatrist Dr. Zimmerman and so much more.

New this year, the fund is also reaching out to it’s male counterparts in the High Country to draw some additional support.

“Faye Cooper, one of the owners of the Mast General Store, has been a longtime friend of the women’s fund and she thought of this. It is called the 100 Men Project,” Sabo said. “We are approaching 100 local men to give $100 to show their support for women and girls. We’re basically looking for male allies. We’re a women’s fund, but I always like to say that we’re for women and anyone who likes women. We love getting support from both women and men, and we’re over halfway to reaching 100 men and $10,000 to supplement our grant making.”

Want to RSVP to Power of the Purse?

Click over to womensfundoftheblueridge.org to buy your tickets online or call the WFBR office at 828-264-4002.

For more information, contact Sabo by email at info@womensfundoftheblueridge.org.