Power of the Purse (POP)

9th Annual Power of the Purse June 17, 2014

United Way Women's Leadership Council is proud to present our annual Power of the Purse community event to raise support for early childhood programs, including Imagination Library.


  • Online Credit Card Registration:  click here
  • Check or Cash Registration:  call 507-287-2487 or 507-287-2000

Event Schedule

Silent Purse Auction:  10:30 am - noon
VIP Reception:  11:00 am - noon
Luncheon and Keynote Speaker:  12:15 pm - 1:30 pm.

NEW LOCATION:  Rochester International Event Center

FREE Shuttle Service: Shuttle transportation will be available from downtown Rochester to the event center. Please include the number of riders for shuttle in your registration.

2014 Power of the Purse Sponsors

Thank you for helping to make this event possible - 2014 Power of the Purse Sponsors

Sponsor Levels

As a Power of the Purse event sponsor, you help to ensure that the Imagination Library continues to provides one book each month to nearly 6,000 enrolled children in Olmsted County from birth to age 5. Your business or organization can become a sponsor for as little as $325. View Sponsorship Levels

Purse Auction

The ever popular silent purse auction is a purse bonanza! For information and/or to donate a purse, please contact:  pop@uwolmsted.org or 507-287-2000 • 507-287-2487 • 507-529-4830. Donations of new or very gently used purses for the Silent Purse Auction may be dropped off at United Way during regular business hours.

Keynote Speaker

Laura Ling is the host and reporter on E! Investigates, a documentary series on the E! Network. In March 2009, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women, Ling was detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. She and her colleague Euna Lee were arrested and held captive for 140 days. While fearing she might never see her family again, Ling was able to maintain hope during that terrifying time, and eventually win back her freedom. Hear her keynote, "Journey of Hope." Read more.

To Volunteer

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

Imagination Library

Proceeds from Power of the Purse support early childhood education, including helping fund the Imagination Library program. Children of Olmsted County, from birth to age 5, enrolled in this community initiative receive an age appropriate book each month, at no charge to families.