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UW: Power of the Purse Helps Change Lives

HARTFORD — More than 800 guests filled the Connecticut Convention Center on June 3 for United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) second annual Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction. Proceeds from the event totaled more than $180,000, with funds going to support family financial security efforts in the greater Hartford area.

The event kicked off with a silent auction featuring more than 150 items, including designer handbags and accessories, vacation packages, sporting event tickets and more.

Featured speaker Farnoosh Torabi, author of You’re So Money – Live Rich Even When You’re Not, spoke of the need for solid financial planning starting at a young age. Her address challenged guests to visualize one’s financial future, and develop a financial plan to reach those goals.

“The best part of Power of the Purse is the chance to showcase the WLC, who we are and where we want to go,” said Janet Flagg-Rawlins, who co-chaired the event with Susan Christensen Stoner. “It is the energy and excitement of all those women, and a few men, in one room, and knowing that we can achieve anything we decide to tackle.”

The WLC is a network of women who are standing up and taking action to help women and families in our community achieve financial security. Proceeds from thePower of the Purse, enabled the WLC to establish family financial centers at Alfred E. Burr Elementary School and John C. Clark, Jr. Elementary and Middle School, both community schools located in Hartford. Services offered include financial education workshops and one-on-one coaching.

For more information on United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, family financial stability or the Power of the Purse event, please contact Laura Schmelter at 860-493-6841.

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s mission is to improve lives and change local community conditions. United Way brings together people with the passion, expertise and resources to deliver long-lasting results through Community Investment. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.


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