breaking news

Springfield beats Lebanon to stay undefeated

Clark County event unites women for fun, fundraiser


More fun and reading opportunities will result when the Women’s Giving Society’s second annual Power of the Purse returns.

The fundraiser event combining food and fun will be 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center in downtown Springfield.

MORE THINGS TO DO: Wonderland, Oz set to cross paths over the rainbow in Springfield

Proceeds go to the Clark County Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which gives children free, age-appropriate books.

Based on the reception of the first Power of the Purse event, anticipation is high for the second, said Kerry Pedraza, executive director of United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties, which is also presenting the event.

“It was hugely successful. The feedback we got was great but people wanted it to last longer,” she said.

In response, it has been pushed back a half-hour and another half-hour was added.

Power of the Purse raised $17,000 its debut year, exceeding the expectations of $8,000 to $10,000, Pedraza said, leading to hundreds of area children receiving books.

READ MORE: Plans approved for Springfield’s 1st Starbucks shop, may open this fall

Of the admission price of $40 (pre-sale) or $45 (at the door), $25 will be contributed to the Imagination Library.

Event highlights include a variety of food and music spun by DJ Chill, who will also bring his photo booth for added fun, and live and silent auctions.

There will be more and better auction items, Pedraza said, with several people and businesses donating items, including bed and breakfast getaways, sports tickets, restaurants and pottery.

DETAILS: Springfield nursing home investigation: Patient ODs on unlocked pills

In 2017, a challenge was issued to Clark County schools to donate auction baskets and centerpieces, with a contest for the best. Enon Primary School’s took first place out of 10 participants and earned bragging rights for the school and $100 for its library.

Clark State Community College President Jo Alice Blondin will be the night’s featured speaker, talking about the importance of literacy.

“There’s a lot of power in that room,” Pedraza said. “People love the cause and it is really easy to help our children be better prepared.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater
Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater

Hurricanes can leave behind tons of damage, including flooding. But did you know that treading through the wrong kind of water can cause illnesses or even death? Floodwaters and standing water are often contaminated, posing several risks, such as infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries. Here are six sicknesses you should...
CDC: Life expectancy in U.S. declines for second year in a row
CDC: Life expectancy in U.S. declines for second year in a row

For the second year in a row, the life expectancy of Americans got shorter. >> Read more trending news  According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the overall life expectancy in the U.S. was 78.6 years, down .1 from the previous year. Men can expect to live 76.1 years, down from...
Hurricane Safety: What are hurricane categories and what do they mean?
Hurricane Safety: What are hurricane categories and what do they mean?

The East Coast is no stranger to hurricanes and the destruction that follows. The Saffir-Simpson scale was developed to help determine damage and flooding before it strikes.   What is a hurricane?  A hurricane is a rotating low-pressure weather system that converts the energy of warm air into winds and waves. Hurricanes have “warm...
Hurricane Safety: Here’s a step-by-step guide to filing an insurance claim
Hurricane Safety: Here’s a step-by-step guide to filing an insurance claim

A hurricane leaves a path of destruction and many are left trying to figure out how to begin the chore of cleaning up and repairing their property.  >> Read more trending news  Insurance companies will send claims teams to the affected areas after the event so that customers can get the process of filing a claim started and get the...
Hurricane Safety: 10 tips to stay safe when returning home after a natural disaster
Hurricane Safety: 10 tips to stay safe when returning home after a natural disaster

While much attention is placed on storm preparedness, the period just after a natural disaster can be particularly dangerous. Weary residents who are eager to return to their homes are at increased risk for a variety of life-threatening situations, including carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution, mold exposure and food poisoning. The following...
More Stories