Issue 19Out and About

Power of the Purse


By Noel Daniel

In 1998, the Women’s Leadership Council was only a handful of women, fighting for empowerment in spite of their size. The Council has since skyrocketed in membership, a fact that was obvious on Sept. 23. The Gallo Center for the Arts lobby was packed with supporters for the Women’s Leadership Council’s 18th Annual “Power of the Purse” luncheon.

This luncheon is a very special day for the Council. It’s a day to be proud of because its focus is the empowerment of women to make a difference in the community. And that small handful of women in 1998? The Council now holds a proud group of 55 women who have pledged to become “Champions of Change.”

Much like last year, the funds raised at the luncheon are used to improve local education by supporting the Graduation Coach program that focuses on academic mentoring. Last year’s generosity was able to fund an additional Graduation Coach, which increase the capacity of the program to serve an additional 40 students.



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