Power of the Purse

The United Way of Paducah-McCracken County, together with the Paducah Professional Women (PPW), is getting ready to host the fourth annual Power of the Purse luncheon and silent purse auction. This hugely popular event is being held on Tuesday, April 10, at Walker Hall Events Center, in downtown Paducah. The event will start at 11.30 am. Last year, this event raised more than $32,000, and proceeds benefited the two host organizations. The title sponsor for this year’s event is Baptist Health Paducah.

“The United Way and PPW partner together to for the Power of the Purse event to bring awareness to women’s equality,” explained Betsy Burkeen, United Way Executive Director. “This event has exceeded our expectations in every way. It’s fun, refreshing, encouraging, and an amazing reminder of what women can do when we set our minds on something. There IS Power in the Purse!”

An Auction with Style

The Power of the Purse features some amazing purses that have been donated by individuals and businesses from all over town. They will have a wide variety of price points and styles up for auction! Here is a teaser of just three that will be there…

Michael Kors for raffle valued at $525 (donated by Sara Gipson)

Navy & Pink Kate Spade valued at $290 (donated by Amy Roof)

Hand Crafted Leather bag valued at $80 (donated by Round Oak Leather)

Buy Now – This Event Sells Out!

Advance reservations are required. Individual tickets are $45, and corporate sponsorships are still available. Power of the Purse founding members will be recognized. For information, contact Susan Gibson at 270.442.1691 or susan@unitedwaypaducah.org

Guest Speaker Ashli Watts

Ashli Watts is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Kentucky Chamber, spearheading all lobbying and advocacy efforts for state’s largest business association, the first female to hold this position with the Chamber. Watts joined the Kentucky Chamber in November of 2012. Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked at the Kentucky Bar Association and the Legislative Research Commission. 

Ashli graduated from Campbellsville University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Louisville. She currently resides in Frankfort with her husband Ryan and two children, Emma and Carter.  

Ashli attends First United Methodist Church and volunteers with her daughter’s school, Good Shepherd Catholic School, as well as Cinderella's Closet, Hospice of the Bluegrass and serves as Treasurer of the Frankfort Hope Circle, giving back to women and children in the community. 

Women’s Equal Pay Day

Power of the Purse is being held on Women’s Equal Pay Day and will focus on empowering women in the workplace. Recent U.S. Census Bureau data shows women working full-time, year-round make 80 cents for every dollar a male earns – African American women earn only 66.6 percent, Asian American women 91.9 percent and Hispanic women earning only 60.1 percent of the pay. This data illustrates the need for women to be encouraged and empowered to gain their full value in the workplace.