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Fashion parade highlights WomenSource event
Area celebrities to mix, network and walk the runway at annual event
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Power of the Purse
What: WomenSource fundraiser honoring community heroes
When: dinner and marketplace, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; program, 7 p.m.
Where: Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville
Cost: $50 for individual tickets; purchase online at  womensource.info, email pop@womensource.info or call 770-503-9060

Georgian women of all ages and backgrounds will gather Tuesday for the eighth annual Power of the Purse fashion show, which features community heroes who have made an impact in the community with their philanthropy.

The fashion show will begin by 7 p.m. at the Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville. Guests can purchase items and raffle tickets before the event at the vendor marketplace and enjoy a dinner buffet at 5:30 p.m.

A handful of individual $50 tickets are still available for purchase.

The event is the largest one hosted by WomenSource, an organization striving to empower and support women, as a way to raise funds for their educational programs and other events.

“I’m excited about it,” said Kim Smith, program coordinator. “This is a great group of women to work with, and I’ve learned so much working with them.”

Every event the organization holds depends on funds garnered from grants, memberships and sponsors in order to properly serve women in ways that encourage personal and professional success.

Models for this year’s event include:

  • Haydeé Anderson: Mexico Lindo publisher, Gainesville City Schools and court interpreter, English to Spanish speakers teacher at University of North Georgia and Lanier Technical College.
  • Holly and Addi Bales: Mother and daughter team battling daughter’s bone cancer.
  • Angie Caton: Oncology nurse clinician at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and volunteer, organizes annual smoking education and mentor to all.
  • Daphne David: Community volunteer, philanthropist and founding member of WomenSource.
  • Katie B. Davis: Jacobs Media/WDUN sports reporter and talk show host.
  • Christie Grice: Battalion Chief with Hall County Fire Services, first female officer for Hall County Services.
  • Amanda Lammers: Vice president for Student Services at Brenau University, advocate for adoption and role model for students and employees at Brenau.
  • Brenda Martin: Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department and division manager of Gainesville City Center, described as a “ray of sunshine” and a four-time cancer survivor.
  • Donna Mayo: Dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business at University of North Georgia, developed a culture of philanthropy within the college.
  • Jennifer McCall: Attorney with the Manely Firm, PC, volunteers and embodies the power of positive thinking and the ability to overcome the odds.
  • Lindsey McCamy: Director of Family Promise of Hall County, helps homeless population of Hall County through her leadership roles in Family Promise.
  • Ann Nixon: Executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Hall County, showing unwavering compassion for families working toward home ownership.
  • Marcia Price: Community volunteer and cancer survivor, founded the North Georgia Surviving Cancer Support Group to help others in their cancer journey.
  • Brandee Thomas: Managing director of My Sister’s Place, local shelter for homeless women.
  • Wanda Vance: Chief Assistant District Attorney for Hall County, especially known for her fight for justice and tackling sexual assault and child molestation cases.
  • Jody Wall: Chief of staff and executive assistant to the president of Brenau University, a respected role model for young women of Brenau and the “ultimate superwoman.”

“American Salon and Spa comes in and does hair and makeup for the models,” Smith said.

Good looks and cute outfits are always a plus, but the event sends an important message to women and younger generations by focusing on the importance of women’s charitable efforts.

Models were chosen because of their commitment to philanthropy through volunteerism or their professional careers.

Raffle tickets for designer purses will be sold at the event but can still be purchased online.

“We have more than just purses this year. We opened it up to any luxury item,” Smith said. “Of course, there’s always a good many purses.”

Brenau University and North Georgia Community Foundation also sponsor the event this year.

WomenSource was created in 2007 after a community assessment commissioned by United Way of Hall County uncovered a need for a women’s organization.

The organization also hosts a monthly “power lunch” program, where members and nonmembers gather to hear a variety of speakers in order to raise awareness of specific causes or agencies that serve the community.

Financial, health and legal educational programs are also offered by the nonprofit, as well as an event geared toward teens called Girl Power.

Membership dues for WomenSource start off at an annual fee of $50.

For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the WomenSource website, womensource.info, email pop@womensource.info or call 770-503-9060.

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