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Her Mind magazine and Blossoms of Hope are excited to announce the 2018 7th Annual Power of the Purse event, Monday, June 11, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom by Fretz. Admission is $10 and tickets may be ordered online.

Again, this year there will be a special VIP opportunity that includes getting an early start on shopping from 3:30–4:30 p.m., free raffle tickets and premiere parking. VIP tickets may be purchased online for $45.

This is a fun and bargain-filled evening and we hope you will join us. Last year was a record-breaking year both in attendance and support, with more than 2,000 purses collected and more than $18,000 donated to the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center. We are planning to continue to set the bar high for 2018 and already are looking forward to other special opportunities including a VIP ticket option, Maggiano’s Little Italy as our food vendor, more than 75 superb silent auction baskets with select purses and  much, much more.

More than 2,000 gently used and vintage purses will be available for cash and carry. Many amazing new purses will also be available at remarkably low prices and unbelievable designer handbags will once again be available for purchase. In addition, purses and bags — including some designer purses — will be filled with great items such as spa packages, wine, home decorator designs, hotel overnight stays, restaurant and other gift certificates and more will be up for bid in our Silent Auction.

Wine tasting will be provided by Iron Bridge Wine Company. The fabulous Brenda von Rautenkranz will be returning as our emcee to add a unique layer of fun and excitement to the event. Brenda is the owner of Fit for Life, host of the Fit to be Fabulous video series and is a Clinical Mental Health Therapist at the vR Equine Growth and Learning Center. But most of all, Brenda is full of life and is a hit at any party — especially the Power of the Purse.

Power of the Purse Announces the 2018 SPONSORS:

This is the seventh year that The Iron Bridge Wine Co. is providing the wines and the event is once again being held at the fabulous Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom by FretzPam Long Photography is returning as the official photographer, while the The Wendy Slaughter Team at Next Step Reality will be providing shopping bags. Carol Weil with The Decorating Therapist and Dana O’Sullivan with DellaBlooms are back to design the venue.

Our Cherrybration Platinum sponsor again this year is Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home. The Power of the Purse Silver sponsors are Maggiano’s Little Italy, Corporate Office Properties Trust and Seasons 52. Additional event sponsors are The Business Monthly and Time Savers Advantage.

Cherrybration Platinum Sponsor



Power of the Purse Silver Sponsors

Corporate-Office-Properties-Trust   Maggianos  Seasons_52_logo

  Fretz Pam-Long-Photography iron-bridge-wine-coBusiness-Monthly-logo    TimeSaverAdvantage    


Support a Great Cause

Blossoms-of-Hope_logoProceeds from this year’s event will go to Blossoms of Hope in support of the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital.

Things you can still do to help…

  • DONATE those purses you’re not using. See our drop-off locations. Also note, we have a new facility at 7170 Riverwood Drive, Suite B in Columbia.

  • INVITE all your friends, family and business associates.

  • DONATE a new or designer purse

  • DONATE gift items or gift certificates for the Silent Auction. Please fill out the Silent Auction Form.

  • INVITE a celebrity or business to make a purse donation.

  • VOLUNTEER to help before or during the event — it takes a village.

  • SPONSOR – Become a sponsor with a cash donation and receive sponsorship recognition as well as providing financial assistance to Blossoms of Hope and the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center.

If you have a questions about the 2018 Power of the Purse event, contact Becky Mangus at 443-745-6212 or PowerofthePurse@BlossomsofHope.org.

If you have gift items or gift certificates for the Silent Auction, contact Vera Simmons at vera@powerofthepurse.org