Power of the Purse (POP)

Power of the Purse

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Presented by United Way's Women's Leadership Council

We're thrilled to announce Marilyn Tam as our 2015 Power of the Purse keynote speaker on June 16! Reserve your ticket or table online by credit card or call (507) 287-2487 to reserve by check. This wonderful event would not have been possible without the help of our many sponsors and purse donors. This event supports early childhood literacy in our community, including the Imagination Library program.

10th Annual Power of the Purse, Tuesday, June 16

Location: Rochester International Event Center

Silent Purse Auction: 10:30 a.m. - noon
Speaker Reception: 11:00 a.m. -  noon
Luncheon and Keynote Speaker 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

FREE Shuttle Service:  A free shuttle will be available from downtown Rochester on Center Street near the Kahler Hotel ramp entrance. Please include the number of riders for shuttle in your registration. The RST shuttle will be at the shuttle stop along the north side of The Kahler Hotel on Center St. near the ramp entrance.  Look for a Power of the Purse sign in the window. It will begin loading at 10:30 a.m. with departure at 10:45 for the Event Center. For the return trip, it will depart the Event Center around 1:45 p.m. with arrival back to the same location around 2:00 p.m.

Register Today

Purse Donations

You can help support Power of the Purse by donating a new or gently used purse for the auction! Each year the auction raises thousands of dollars to benefit early childhood education, including Imagination Library. Donations can be dropped off at United Way between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Questions? Send an email to Molly at powerofthepurseolmco@gmail.com to learn more.

Be a Sponsor

Power of the Purse is a popular community event presented by the United Way of Olmsted County’s Women’s Leadership Council to raise awareness and support for the Imagination Library program in Olmsted County. Each year since June of 2006, Power of the Purse has increasingly grown in both attendance and support for the Imagination Library program. Over 600 people attended this event in 2014. There are multiple levels of sponsorship available, please contact Bonnie Schultz at (507) 529-4830 to learn more.


If you are interested in volunteering for Power of the Purse, email rd@uwolmsted.org.

Planning Team

Mary Jensen, Chair
Keri Norman, Vice-Chair
Carmen Kane – Flower Power Challenge (Centerpieces)
Georgia Schulz- Day of Event
Tiffany Piotrowicz – Day of Event
Randi Kallas - Publicity
Molly Daugherty- Silent Purse Auction

Event Preparation Volunteers:

Linda Mansfield
Eleanor Berg


Bonnie Schultz - Resource Development
Matt Knutson - Marketing

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