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Annual Power of the Purse Event Benefiting Local Children

United Way of the Lowcountry Women United is gearing up for their annual Power of the Purse event, celebrating the efforts of women in our community and supporting education initiatives benefiting children and families throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

     This year’s Power of the Purse presented by Beaufort Memorial will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Dataw Island Clubhouse from 6 – 9 pm, featuring live music, wine, beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with designer handbags, jewelry, trips, golf packages and much more.  This year, event organizers have also added a new lounge area called “The Man Cave.”  “We hope you will join us for this special evening as we celebrate the efforts of women who help make a difference in our community, while helping to raise funds to support local children,” said Katie Phifer, Women United Chair.

     Proceeds from the Power of the Purse benefit Women United’s Breaking Barriers to Education Fund and Operation Backpack.

     The Breaking Barriers to Education Fund seeks to help fulfill needs that would otherwise prevent a student from attending school or from reaching their full potential. This fund is administered by the United Way of the Lowcountry HELPLINE, which works with school officials to directly remove financial barriers that stand in the way of a child’s education.  Over the years, the Breaking Barriers to Education Fund has been used to overcome a variety of barriers, giving children an opportunity to succeed in school.

     Through the proceeds, Women United also supports Operation Backpack, which provides backpacks full of school supplies and uniforms to children in our community who are not being served by another agency. Women United works with school social workers to identify students in need of supplies to help fill in the gaps and ensure students in our community have the tools they need to succeed on their first day of school. In 2017, Women United distributed 600+ backpacks to local students throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

     During the event, Women United will honor the Woman of the Year finalists and announce this year’s 2018 Woman of the Year.  Women United is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Woman of the Year.  Nominations are due no later than Friday, February 16, 2018.  For requirements and nomination forms, visit


     Women United, previously named Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), was founded locally in 2012. Women United members work together to engage, educate and empower others to become leaders and actively participate in the betterment of our community. Women United’s mission is to mobilize the caring power of women together to advance the common good by focusing on education in the forgotten pockets of Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

Presented by Beaufort Memorial

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dataw Island Club

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Live music, wine, beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres and silent auction

Tickets:  $65 | Couples $120

Tickets available online at  or by calling 843.982.3040.