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Power of the Purse (POP)

15th Annual Power of the Purse

Live-stream program and 100% virtual silent auction on December 1st, 2020 11am-12pm.

 Great things happen when the community comes together and Lives United.

Please join us Tuesday, December 1st, from 11am-12pm to watch a free live-stream POP program and participate in our FIRST-EVER online silent auction.

All participants are asked to register online starting November 2nd at

Registrants can join for FREE but are encouraged to purchase the PLUS ticket ($16) to enjoy early access to bid on exclusive, first chance at buy-now items, and a chance to win a mystery gift from Lasker Jewelers (valued at $2500)!

The online auction will feature an assortment of designer, vintage, and classic purses, and a variety of kid, family, and adult experiences.

Look forward:

- Post Bulletin Auction Preview: Monday, Nov. 23rd

- PLUS Ticket Bidding Opens: Wednesday, Nov. 25th

- Public Bidding Opens: Friday, Nov. 27th 

- Livestream Event and Auction Finale: Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 11am-12pm. 


“This year’s Power of the Purse will definitely be as uplifting as ever, with a great opportunity for virtual networking, guaranteed lots of fun, and a real boost for your holiday shopping with great purses and experiences to purchase – all of this as we celebrate and honor the great work of the United Way of Olmsted County in supporting the educational success for our community’s youth,” said event Chair, Kathleen Harrington.

Power of the Purse is United Way of Olmsted County’s annual community-fundraiser, presented by UWOC’s Women United, a giving circle of women leadership contributors whose collective, caring power is building a healthier, stronger community | and is sponsored by our Distinguished sponsor, Bremer Bank. Additionally, our media partners this year include ABC 6 News/KAAL TV, The Post Bulletin, Townsquare Media, and Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for making this event possible!

The event benefits United Way of Olmsted County programs that provide children and youth with meaningful connections, positive learning environments, and positive role models. These factors are foundational blocks to ensuring and protecting one's quality of life. When children and youth have strong, stable learning and growing environments, they can be more successful in achieving lifelong success and reaching their potential. United, we are providing quality early childhood education, social-emotional learning opportunities, peer mentorship, home visits, school supplies, and changing systems to ensure future generations are on a path toward success.



Auction Highlights include:
PURSES: Designer (Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Fossil, Kate Spade, and more), Artisan, and Classic bags of all sizes and styles.
EXPERIENCES: Winemakers Tour, Ride in a Stearman Biplane, Flyfishing, Chef's Dinner Party at Home,
Youth Camp and Party Experiences, Theater & Dinner packages... and more!   


Event Producer and Co-Host:

Auction Sponsor

Post Bulletin

Auction Photographer 


Media Sponsors


Planning Committe

Kathleen Harrington, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, Chair 
Christy Blade, Post Bulletin, Vice-Chair
Duska Anastasijevic, Mayo Clinic
Christine Beech, Saint Mary's University - Rochester
Kayla Blunt, Topper's Pizza
Kim Ferraro, First Alliance Credit Union
Lee Frazier, Northwestern Mutual
Lisa Lingle, Salt and Pepper Photography
Jen Murillo, Sterling State Bank 
AnJuanna Napue, Mayo Clinic
Sheila Rainey, Rochester Public Schools
Renae Sander, AAA Rochester 
Gail Sauter, UMR Retiree 
Alli Vaith, Counselor Realty 

Power of the Purse is an annual community fundraising event presented by United Way of Olmsted County's Women United – a giving circle of women leadership contributors whose collective, caring power is building a healthier, stronger community.

The event benefits United Way program that provide children and youth with meaningful connections, positive learning environments, and positive role models. These factors are foundational blocks to ensuring and protecting one's quality of life. 

View photos from our 2019 event

To learn more about Women United please contact Laken Jefferson 

Thank you to the following local businesses for Donating to the Silent Auction

Agape Chiropractic - Air Insanity - Altra Federal Credit Union - Bowlocity - Camp Victory  
Canvas and Chardonnay - Commonweal Theatre - CRAVE - Coyote Creek Outdoors - Dwell Local
Counterpoint - F&M Community Bank - 
Four Daughters Winery & Vineyard - Hotel Indigo, Downtown Rochester  
Home2Suites Hilton, Rochester - Home Run Inspections - Justin Stoll - Kinney Creek Brewery - Lasker Jewelers 

Luya Zumbrota - My Bike Guy - Poppi's Italian Leather - Rescued Rooms - Roca Climbing & Fitness
Rochester Farmers' Market - Salt & Pepper Photography - TerraLoco
Wild Ginger Boutique - WT Lighting 


Power of the Purse 2020, sponsors will gain more exposure and reach into the community as a result of digital programming. Sponsors make this successful event possible, and are regcognized as leaders and advocates in the community. Sponsorship has closed for 2020. Contact Jennifer Teske at (507) 287-2003 or at for 2021 Power of the Purse sponsorship information.  


Distinguished Sponsor

BOLD Sponsor


Mayo Clinic Post Bulletin


Notable Sponsors



Tribute Sponsors





VIP Sponsors