Power of the Purse event returns Oct. 7

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PERRY COUNTY – Are you ready to do some early Christmas shopping with local vendors, get together with friends, enjoy a free lunch, tour a beautiful health-care facility and help a local charity all in one day?

Then you need to mark Oct. 7 on your calendar for “Power of the Purse” from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oakwood Health Campus.

Women and men alike are invited to gather with their friends to enjoy what organizers say will be a “wonderful shopping experience right here in Perry County” and “enjoy delicious food, all while helping a great local cause, the United Way of Perry County.”

Last year, 28 local retailers and home vendors sold items ranging from handbags to kitchenware to painted glassware. Several hundred shoppers browsed and shopped during the day while enjoying a free lunch prepared by Oakwood’s chefs. Donated items from local retailers were also available for purchase in a silent auction.

All the vendors donated a portion of their sales to the United Way. It proved the power that a purchase has to help others.

Oakwood Health Campus will host the event again this year and provide lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and snacks and desserts in the afternoon.

They will also provide free tours of their facility to the public. A tent will be set up outside to give vendors and shoppers more space than last year.

The event’s hours have been extended to allow more shoppers to attend after work and school. Some changes in parking will accommodate more shoppers.

Local retailers and individuals who represent home-party products are invited to contact Rebecca Fenn at United Way of Perry County at 547-2577 to inquire about tables.

There is no booth fee. Vendors are only asked to donate 10 percent of their sales for the day to the United Way. Only one representative per company will be accepted and space is limited.

The United Way is a local nonprofit organization that raises funds each year to help fund multiple health and human-service organizations that provide vital services in Perry County.

The United Way also coordinates an annual Day of Caring volunteer day, a Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive, a Holiday Helpers United Christmas Assistance Program, the Perry County Food Coalition, the FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card program, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The United Way and Perry County Community Foundation also co-sponsor the newest youth program in the county, the Perry County Power of Youth, a philanthropy program for high-school students.

Participating vendors and retailers at last year’s event included Celebrations, Purse Party, Skinsations, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Thirty One Handbags, Jan’s Jewelry, Burris-LeClere Eye Center, Herbs and Healthcare, Tupperware, Holistic Massage, Sweet Treats candy, Mad M’s Jewelry, Premier Designs Jewelry, Phyllis Dickman Painted Glassware, Upper Case Living, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Creative Memories, Finley’s Antiques, Country Mammas, VIP Foliage, and Longaberger Baskets. A silent auction featured items donated by Maurice’s, Tassels, Peebles, Gatherings, Leavenworth Inn, Marian’s Hallmark and Wal-Mart.

Call Polly, Anna or Crystal at Oakwood at 547-2333 to RSVP for lunch. Oakwood Health Campus is at 1143 23rd St. in Tell City.

For more information about the event, contact Fenn at the United Way of Perry County at 547-2577 or via e-mail at unitedwayperry@psci.net.