On November 8, 2019 nearly 200 community-minded individuals started their weekend early and helped raise nearly $25,000 at The Fund for Women & Girls 8th Annual Power of the Purse. The Power of the Purse (POP) is the largest fundraising event for The Fund for Women & Girls with the purpose of creating a deeper understanding of a our collective ability to be philanthropic.
This year’s event was a rousing success! 76 purses were auctioned off, raising funds to help move the mission of The Fund for Women & Girls forward. We honored three women with the Women in Philanthropy awards, inducted 11 members to the different levels of the Dream Team, and honored 16 of our 2020 Visionaries.
Many in attendance asked, “What do the Dream Team funds support?” Great question! The Dream Team has a goal of creating a lasting $1 million endowment. This endowment makes possible the grants that the Fund makes each year, which are made to local organizations which educate, assist, and uplift women and girls.
Women in Philanthropy Awards
At this year’s event, The Fund for Women & Girls honored three women. Robin Scaer, Executive Director of the YWCA Carlisle, and Cynthia Tolsma of Dasher, Inc., both received the Karen F. Snider Women in Philanthropy Award. Rachel Hadrick, attorney at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, received the Rising Philanthropists Award.
These awards are given to individuals who are outstanding contributors of their time and talent to benefit the lives of women and girls in our area. The 2019 Karen Snider Women in Philanthropy honorees joined the ranks of 19 other award recipients. The Rising Philanthropists Award for young women aged 21-35, made its second award at this year’s Power of the Purse.