Power of the Purse

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Sue Grey speaking at Power of the Purse

United Way's Power of the Purse is a fun and fabulous Ladies' Evening Out for a great cause.

Guests enjoy an exciting night with live and silent auctions for designer purses, amazing prize packages, raffles, cocktails and Pear Tree Estate's delicious food.

Proceeds from the event empower women in Champaign County to achieve financial stability. ​

​​Power of the Purse Presenting Sponsor

$570,000+ raised in 7 years!

Power of the Purse
May 5, 2022
Pear Tree Estate, Champaign IL

Important Note: Power of the Purse is an incredibly popular event. Venue capacity will be reduced for the health of our community. This means we will have fewer tickets available than in prior years. Due to this limitation, tickets may only be obtained via Sponsorship or Purse Donation.

Contact Paula Santiago for sponsorship or purse donation details.

Power of the Purse's Cause

Our event builds the financial stability of women in our community. By working with United Way, we are providing emergency supportive shelter and college scholarships.


The Power of the Purse scholarship fund provides assistance to women pursuing job training, technical or vocational certification, or an Associate's degree at Parkland College. Together we are removing financial barriers for women who seek a better future for themselves and their families.

To date, United Way has awarded sixty scholarships to women attending Parkland College.

Emergency Shelter

​Cars. Garages. Couches. Campgrounds. These are the places families in our community stay when they become homeless. The Emergency Shelter for Families provides a safe home and critical support to help families leave homelessness and thrive.

The program provides more than a bed - it includes comprehensive case management, supported by funds raised at Power of the Purse.

The Emergency Shelter for Families is a resounding success. Since 2016, 300 families have transitioned out of homelessness and into permanent, safe housing.

Learn More

Power of the Purse is a signature event of United Way of Champaign County's Women United group.

Learn more about Women United membership.

For more information on the event, sponsorship opportunities or to get involved with our committee, please send an email or call 217-352-5151


Event photographs by Harold Huang Photography and T-Stagg Photography