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6th Annual Power of the Purse is largest in event’s history

Her Mind Magazine and Blossoms of Hope are pleased to announce another successful Power of the Purse event held at Sub-Zero and Wolf by Fretz Showroom on June 12. The sixth annual POTP raised a total of more than $48,000 for Blossoms of Hope to help support the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital.

The 400 guests browsed among 2,400 gently used and vintage purses available for cash and carry that were displayed throughout the newly-renovated kitchen display areas. As a bonus, 35 new and designer handbags – including new purses by Kate Spade and Coach and vintage by Janet Leiber and Salvatore Ferragamo were available in the designer purse silent auction. An additional 85 baskets — filled with such treats as certificates to spas and restaurants and specialty purses — were available as part of the Silent Auction.


Her Mind Magazine and Blossoms of Hope want to thank all who contributed to this event.

Brenda von Rautenkranz, owner of Fit For Life Personal Training, psychotherapist, and host of the Fit To Be Fabulous video and television series, served as emcee with her inimitable grace and humor. We can always count on Brenda to warm up the crowd.

Kudos to Chairperson Becky Mangus and co-chairs Lisa Hermodsson, Flora Betro, Robyn Chang, Elaine Masker and Lisa Nichols and the more than 50 volunteers it takes to put on this amazing event. We would also like to recognize Pam Moss, who was instrumental with working behind the scenes and keeping the event on track. Pam is community relations and project manager for Custom Media Options, publishers of Her Mind Magazine.

Thanks to this year’s sponsors who made the event possible, including Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home, Inc., Sergio X. Galindo and Bank of America, Hulsman/McIlvane Group with Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Harkins Builders, Inc. & Dick Lombardo, Don and Chris Pistorio, Creig & Carla Northrop and The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster, Lorien Health/MD Health Enterprise, Inc., Vic and Tina Broccolino, Dr. William & Lauren Mayer, Joe and Jennifer Sclafani and the Sclafani Family, Wayne and Phyllis Clark, Ourisman Automotive, Anita Broccolino and Janet and Jim Robey for their generous financial contributions.

In addition, our extreme gratitude is extended to our sponsors who were a significant part of the event, including: Iron Bridge Wine Company for consistently providing fine wines for our guests; the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom by Fretz has been a magical venue since the event started; Maggiano’s Little Italy for feeding the masses; Season’s 52 for keeping the sweet tooth at bay; Pam Long Photography returned as the official event photographer (Pam’s beautiful photos are included in this post); and Clever Container supplied the signature drink.

A special thank you goes to Corporate Office Properties Trust for supplying office space this year which made the process much more stream-lined.

Dana O’Sullivan of DellaBlooms provided the props for the purse displays, and Carol Weil, aka The Decorating Therapist, artfully staged the multitudes of purses throughout the showroom.

Thanks to The Business Monthly for helping us promote the 2017 Power of the Purse, and to The Wendy Slaughter Team-REMAX 100, for donating the customized purple Power of the Purse shopping bags.

We’re also grateful to Donna McManus with Freestate Storage for providing the perfect space to keep our purses safe and secure before the event and Beverly Johnston with TimeSavers Advantage with her team Elaine Masker and Lisa Nichols in helping to clean the thousands of purses.

See Entire List of Contributors

 Cherrybration Platinum Sponsor  HarryWitzke-LG


Power of the Purse Silver Sponsors    Corporate-Office-Properties-Trust   Maggianos  Seasons_52_logoiron-bridge-wine-co


  Fretz Pam-Long-Photography Business-Monthly-logoDella-Blooms-and-Gifts  THE-Decorating-Therapist-LOGO  TimeSaverAdvantage   Freestate-self-storage     WendySlaughter_remax      Clever-Container

In addition to all the contributors and volunteers, the success of 2017 Power of the Purse is largely due to the community. Without our many friends – who scour their closets for handbags to donate, and who show up to buy and bid – the event just wouldn’t be as festive and fun. Nor would it raise such generous funds for the important work of Blossoms of Hope and the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County Hospital. Thank you again for making this year’s Power of the Purse bigger and better. See you in 2018!

More than $48,000 raised to benefit Blossoms of Hope and in support of Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center

The winners of the raffles items were:

  • Mary Beth Rees won the Gourmet Blender donated by the SUB-ZERO and WOLF Showroom by Fretz
  • Shelly Arora won the week’s vacation in Arizona donated by Anne Towne
  • Wayne Johnson won the diamond necklace donated by Sergio’s Jewelers

THANK YOU!