Lake County's Leading Women's Philanthropy Group Announces its Signature 'Power of the Purse' Fundraising Event

  • Live Auction Purses at the Power of the Purse EventSarah Campos

    Live Auction Purses at the Power of the Purse EventSarah Campos

Updated 10/6/2016 9:06 AM

LAKE COUNTY, IL (October 05, 2016) - United Way of Lake County's Women's Leadership Council (WLC) will host its 11th annual 'Power of the Purse' event on Sunday, November 6th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Royal Melbourne in Long Grove. The event raises funds for local nonprofits in support of critical early literacy programs that will ensure the foundation for strong and successful academic futures for Lake County's most vulnerable children.

"Mobilizing the caring power of women, 'Power of the Purse' is our signature fundraising event that enables us to raise funds for our Little Kids, Big Futures Philanthropy Fund." says Judy Kotsiopoulos, WLC Event Chair. "In the last three years, nearly $135,000 has been granted to worthy nonprofits. This event will enable more children to be prepared for kindergarten and ready to succeed."


During the event, guests will enjoy a bountiful champagne brunch and an uplifting afternoon dropping the dice, spinning the wheel, picking the purses, buying the books and winning the wristlets. Celebrating the special women in their life and enjoying the day, WLC members and guests will sow the seeds of educational futures for at-risk children in Lake County.

The 'Power of the Purse' event is open to all ladies willing to celebrate womanhood, friendship and philanthropy. Join the Women's Leadership Council to make real change in the lives of Lake County's children today and in the future.

Guests can purchase tickets at before October 7th to be entered to win a Kindle Fire 7" Tablet! Tickets are $75 each or $70/person for a table of 8 or more.

Sponsors for this year's event include Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest, Baird & Warner, Dorion-Gray Retirement Planning, High Impact Consulting, Sweet Pete's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Excellence in Dentistry, Frances Simons-Braid & Warner, Great Lakes Gelatin, Hollister Incorporated, Lake Forest Pediatrics, Marcum LLP, Merrill Lynch Lake Forest, O.C. Tanner, Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, Taylor Enterprises, Valenti Interiors, Waukegan Tire and Zengeler Cleaners.

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About United Way of Lake County:

United Way of Lake County (UWLC) is preparing our children to succeed in a changing world by focusing on education and building safe and stable families. We are focusing on four key educational programs: Success By 6 Program--prepare for kindergarten; Reading Success Program--read at grade level; Stay in School Program-- graduate high school; and the Safe and Stable Families Program--empowering families. UWLC is overcoming reading and educational barriers by reaching children, from preschool through high school, through these key programs. The overall effect and benefits are multiplied by the strong collaboration with agencies and our community partners. For more information, visit

About Women's Leadership Council:

The Women's Leadership Council is a group of more than 80+ accomplished women in Lake County dedicated to making a difference through volunteerism, philanthropy and leadership development. Made up of corporate professionals, entrepreneurs, retirees, teachers, legislative leaders, government officials, stay-at- home moms, serial volunteers and nonprofit executives, we unite to solve problems facing our community, connect with interesting and amazing women outside our traditional circles and are part of a nationally recognized group of dedicated female philanthropists. To learn more about the Women's Leadership Council, visit