MOUNT VERNON — The United Way of Knox County is accepting donations of new and gently used purses for the fundraiser “Power of the Purse,” to be held on Friday, May 4, at the Gund Commons, on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier.

The “Power of the Purse” event is for women who enjoy and appreciate a variety of styles of both new and gently used purses. The evening includes dinner and networking, a silent purse auction, an exciting live purse auction and a boutique to purchase donated used purses.

The gently used purses will be sold on the “Bag Lady Boulevard” which is a selection of purses at rock bottom prices. Proceeds from this event will be used toward the 2018-19 Women United Initiatives which include ROX, Recovery Housing for Women and Children, and other initiatives that benefit women and children. ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences), is an ‘evidence-based’ program, which helps empower girls from fourth grade through high school. The focus is to address and develop positive self-esteem, healthy relationships, leadership capabilities, academics, social media issues, stress and coping, cyberbullying, and safety and self-defense for girls throughout Knox County.

If you would like to donate either a used purse in good condition, or a new purse, you may drop them off at the United Way office, located at 305 E. High St., Mount Vernon, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Karen at United Way at 740-397-5721, ext. 102.



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