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United Way’s Power of the Purse raises record amount

powerpurse2More than 200 women and men celebrated United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division’s fifth annual Power of the Purse by raising a record $20,356 to help local people.

Held on Thursday, April 26, at the Lewis and Clark Community College – N.O. Nelson Campus, this year’s Power of the Purse included both a silent and live auction featuring handbags, scarves, jewelry and accessories.

“Since its inception in 2015, the event has raised nearly $90,000 for United Way,” said Maura Wuellner, director of United Way of Greater St. Louis – Southwest Illinois Division. “We are incredibly grateful to all of our sponsors and volunteers who help to make this event a success and those who have supported United Way through Power of the Purse. Your generosity is amazing.”

Event sponsors include Bella Milano; Heyl Royster; Mathis, Marifian & Richter; Cope Plastics; Phillips 66; TheBANK of Edwardsville; Gori, Julian & Associates, P.C.; the Joiner Law Firm; Carrollton Bank; Goldenberg, Heller & Antognoli, P.C.; and Photos from the event can be found here.

All proceeds from Power of the Purse will go to United Way’s annual fundraising campaign, which supports dozens of local health and human service agencies in the community. United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Southwest Illinois Division and its partner agencies help more than 180,000 people each year in Madison, Macoupin, Greene, Jersey and Calhoun counties.


About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives. United Way helps one in three people in a 16-county region in Missouri and Illinois by supporting the foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, education, financial stability, health and strong communities. For more information, contact (314) 421-0700 or visit

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