Power Of The Purse

Oct 06, 2014

If you are looking for the perfect way to begin your Christmas shopping this year, and want to help out a great cause, make plans to attend Thursday evening’s “Power of the Purse” event for the Designing Women Foundation (DWF).

The event is 5-7:30 p.m. at the Bloodworth House, 626 Cynthia Street.

Charlotte Craig, one of the organizers of the event, said this is a great way to get designer wear at very reasonable prices. Admission is $10 at the door, or $5 plus a new children’s book (pre-kindergarten to 6th grade). The books will be given away to children by the Foundation at Christmas. Raffle tickets are also available for $1 each, or six tickets for $5.

“We have such great and generous sponsors for this event,” noted Craig. She added that a diamond necklace valued at $375 has been donated by Whitworth’s Gift Chest Jewelry and will be raffled. Other sponsors include Mossy Oak Properties, Kraft, Miles and Tatum accounting firm, Scobey’s Collision Center, Maverick Glass and Artfully Framed, all of Poplar Bluff.

The event includes appetizers, sweets and beverages.

Proceeds from the event will support DWF scholarships and programs. The organization grants $3,000 to $6,000 in scholarships annually and promotes literacy through its “Charlie Classics Reading Program” in Poplar Bluff Junior and Senior High Schools, Sacred Heart School, and the Sierra-Osage Treatment Center.

The DWF is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which has as its goal the cultural and educational enrichment of youth and women.

DWF is a companion organization to the Claudia Foundation, founded by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, creator of the long-running television series “Designing Women”.

Barbara Luke Pelton, another organizer of the event and owner of Artfully Framed, notes this event holds a special place in her heart.

“This is really such a fun event. We get to enjoy the company of others, have some great food, and enjoy shopping for some bargains,” said Pelton. She said the wide range of goods for sale are bid on through silent auction. The goods include new and gently used purses, scarves, jewelry and other fashion accessories.

“It’s the perfect get-together for women. They are having fun, and at the same time supporting the young women of the future, helping them to realize their potential,” concluded Pelton. “We home many of these young women will become future leaders of Poplar Bluff and this region.”