Power of the Purse Gala

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest Celebrates its 10th Power of the Purse Gala in 2015

Presented by LifeMap, the Power of the Purse gala will take place Friday, March 6 at the Portland Hilton.

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest invites local women and men to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Power of the Purse, a fundraiser to benefit Girls Inc. programs created from research-based curricula that equip girls with the confidence and self-esteem to drive toward a bright and economically-independent future.

The gala will include both a live auction and silent auction, boutique shopping, a fashion show featuring Girls Inc. girls modeling specially-designed purses, and dinner and drinks.

As in years prior, Power of the Purse 2015 will feature 15 Purse-o-nalities matched with 15 hand-picked designers to create one-of-a-kind purses that will be auctioned off during the event. The unique designs will tell the stories of each strong, smart, and bold Purse-o-nality and how their purse-everance lead them to where they are today.

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest is excited to announce the following 2015 Purse-o-nalities: Venus Williams, professional tennis player; the von Trapps, musical group; Representative Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon’s 1st Congressional District; Chris McGowan, president and CEO of Portland Trail Blazers; Mike Golub and his wife Sam Shelhorse, president of the Portland Timbers and Thorns; and Heather Killough, philanthropist and owner of Lucky Limousine, along with 8 other inspiring women and men.

The 2015 Power of the Purse designers tasked with representing the remarkable Purse-o-nalities include the Nike Bags Team, Ellington Handbags, Spooltown, and Minou-Minou among others.

The Purse-o-nalities are matched with one Girls Council girl, providing a unique opportunity to expand her world, learn about various careers, and develop relationships with successful women and men in the community. This mentor relationship allows the Girls Council girl to further develop her leadership skills and build confidence in her bright future.

Tickets are $40 (boutique admission only), $175 (individual ticket with boutique and gala admission), and $1,000 (double date with boutique and gala admission), and are available for purchase now on the Power of the Purse website.

Girls Inc. would like to thank its 2015 Power of the Purse sponsors: LifeMap, The Standard, Comcast, Heather Killough, Knowledge Universe, Hanna Andersson, Kaiser, Trail Blazers, Walsh Construction, and Portland Monthly.

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About Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest works to inspire girls in Oregon and SW Washington to be strong, smart and bold, and develop the skills they need to lead economically independent lives. Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest is one of more than 90 affiliates of the national organization Girls Incorporated, the oldest girl-serving organization in the United States. Girls Incorporated has roots that were set in place in 1864 when the first Girls Club was founded in Waterbury, CT. Our local organization began serving girls in the Portland area in 1998 as a grass-roots organization known as Girls Initiative Network. We incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2002, became a Girls Incorporated affiliate in 2005, and changed our name to Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest in July 2014 to reflect our commitment to serve girls throughout Oregon and SW Washington. Since 1998, we have been at the forefront of implementing gender-specific programs in schools and the community, and have worked with over 8,000 girls and young women. 

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