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Women United launches ‘Power of the Purse’ auction to fund scholarships

Women United, a program provided by United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, has launched the “Power of the Purse” auction to fund scholarships for women and children. This Black Friday the community is invited to shop for a cause and can bid through Dec. 8. Shoppers can visit https://app.galabid.com/uwls to begin bidding or make a one-time donation to fund the scholarship program. 

“Women United is comprised of an inspiring group of local women leaders who came together to focus on the crucial need of providing women in the ALICE population with funds to further their education” said Monica Wofford, CEO, United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties.

“Our focus on GED and college scholarships is a direct result of the young women who called and visited our office seeking to further their education but lacking the financial support to do so. Power of the Purse will help raise the resources to meet that need. Just in the last few weeks, we have received donations of over 100 purses from local businesses and community partners. The outpouring of support is inspiring,” said Michelle Dean, Educational Programs Director, United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties.

Once a shopper selects an item and enters their highest bid, they will be prompted to create a free account on the GalaBid website. Auction winnings can be picked up at United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties’ office, located at 32644 Blossom Lane, Leesburg, the week of Dec 13.

The proceeds from the auction support scholarships for women of all ages in the ALICE population to earn their GED or pursue all aspects of higher education. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and consists of individuals who are working but struggling financially to make ends meet.

For more information about Women United or the Power of the Purse, visit www.uwls.org/women-united or call (352) 787-7530. 

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