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Power of the Purse event raises more than $47,000

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AUBURN — The United Way of DeKalb County 2017 Power of the Purse event raised more than $47,000 to fund programming for women and children in DeKalb County, organizers said.

This year, more than 500 people attended Power of the Purse. The event had 25 corporate sponsors, 110 purses donated, and more than 15 additional supporters through door prizes, VIP raffle and miscellaneous donations.

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A new VIP experience was available for dinner guests, who were able to enjoy special hors d’oeuvres, complimentary wine and preview purses for an hour before the dinner event began.

An additional $2,495 was raised during a special MobileCause request for donations that was used to purchase books and supplies for children attending Kindergarten Countdown Camp. This summer, DeKalb Central and Garrett-Keyser-Butler community schools have two classrooms totaling 80 students.

With the help of money raised during Power of the Purse, the United Way was able to provide the 80 children with the boost they need to hit the ground running when schools reopen their doors in August. Children will receive a book each day they attend, bookcases for their new home libraries, backpacks filled with school supplies, and 80 hours of instruction with a certified teacher.

Power of the Purse grants are now available to the community. Any organization submitting a grant proposal must be a nonprofit agency serving DeKalb County, be incorporated for a minimum of three years, and must meet all eligibility requirements outlined in the grant applications. A priority will be given to applications for programming that focuses on early education, women and children.

Applications may be submitted on the United Way of DeKalb County’s website via an online form. Grant applications are due Friday, July 28, at 5 p.m. The online application is now available and may be found at: unitedwaydekalb.org/2017-power-purse-application.

For more information, people may contact United Way Community Impact Coordinator Kirby Cool at kirby@unitedwaydekalb.org or 927-0995, ext. 11.

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