The Franklin County Area United Way will host its annual Power of the Purse event Thursday, March 22, at the Washington KC Hall.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and feature both a silent and live purse auction.

“The purses will be modeled by Washington Town & Country Fair Board members,” said Kim Strubberg, United Way executive director. “There also will be delicious appetizers, desserts and drinks.”

The emcee this year will be Paige Hulsey from the KMOV news team. A graduate of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, Hulsey grew up on a farm in Bourbon. She earned a degree in broadcast news and rhetoric from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.

Strubberg said the United Way hosts Power of the Purse events for women in various communities throughout the county to build awareness and interest in the many works of the organization.

Another event is planned for Thursday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cedar Creek Conference Center in New Haven.

“A partnership has been created through the Power of the Purse, resulting in an even stronger network of caregivers in our communities,” Strubberg said. “This is a great opportunity for any woman to lend her support to the United Way and help those in need all while having a great time.”

For ticket information, people may call the United Way office, 636-239-1018, or visit

Advance tickets are $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $30. Tables of eight can be reserved in advance.

“We encourage everyone to get a group of ladies together and join the fun,” Strubberg said.

Last year’s Power of the Purse event in Washington raised $20,429.

Strubberg said the dollars raised will go toward helping the United Way fulfill its mission to build better communities by strengthening families, nurturing children, assisting the elderly and disabled and providing emergency services.

Last year, United Way’s agencies and programs helped over 60,000 people in 35 communities throughout Franklin County.