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Power of the Purse, annual WomenSource fundraiser, returns Tuesday
Event celebrates women, philanthropy
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Power of the Purse Fundraiser and Fashion Show

When: Dinner and marketplace beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville

How much: $75 per ticket

Contact: Executive Director Elizabeth Burnette, 770-503-9060

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More than a dozen of Gainesville’s “community heroes” will walk the catwalk Tuesday evening at the Chattahoochee Country Club.

WomenSource’s ninth annual Power of the Purse fundraiser will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the country club. The event celebrates women’s philanthropy and honors select women in the community each year.

“Part of the WomenSource mission is to empower women,” said Elizabeth Burnette, executive director of WomenSource. “So we want specifically to focus on and look at our community heroes.”

There are 14 heroes selected this year, who will be honored and will walk in the event’s fashion show:

Dr. Jennifer Willers Gottsman, a pediatrician with Pediatric Associates, works behind the scenes with Challenged Child and Friends Inc., which her mother founded.

Kayla Waller, a student at Gainesville High School, was WomenSource’s inaugural Girl Power essay contest winner.

Andrea Timpone is the executive director of Elachee Nature Science Center, a position she’s held since 1985.

Sofia Vargas Lukas is director of the Interactive College of Technology, where she motivates students to create change and become successful citizens.

Marie Allen is founder of Whispering Angels Youth Ranch, a nonprofit organization that rescues the equine and then rescues the child.

Josie Rock is a labor and delivery nurse at Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville. Her 2-year-old son Asher was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, an eye cancer, at 6 months.

Joy Banks is a single mom of a 16-year-old boy, a district credit manager for Hajoca Corporation and an active community volunteer, working with numerous organizations throughout Gainesville.

Teresa Reynolds is founder of Evelyn’s Place, a pet rescue and adoption facility. She also works at Gainesville Janitor Supply with her husband, Hy, who owns the supply company. Several of the rescue animals may be seen at the office as well.

Dr. Betsy Grunch is a neurosurgeon with The Longstreet Clinic. She was motivated to study neuroscience after her mother suffered an injury that left her quadriplegic.

Vicki Miller is director of regional network development for Northeast Georgia Health Systems and community Board member for ITN Lanier, an independent transportation network.

Dannella Burnett is the owner of Oakwood Occasions and co-created Project RePurse, which has provided almost 300 purses including gifts, toiletries and books to women at Gateway Domestic Violence Center, My Sister’s Place and Angel House in Gainesville.

Deana Daniel is the wife of a U.S. army veteran and a dedicated volunteer at Ava White Academy, where her oldest son is enrolled.

Connie Stephens is the retiring executive director of the Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, where she has served for the past 27 years.

D’ete Sewell operates The Next Chapter Bookstore in downtown Gainesville, which provides jobs and social interaction for adults with disabilities who reside at Our Neighbor Inc.

Power of the Purse is WomenSource’s only fundraiser each year, and funds raised assist the organization in its mission to encourage personal and professional success for women of all ages and backgrounds in Northeast Georgia.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner and vendor marketplace, and the program and fashion show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets were available for $75 each and table sponsorships were sold at $800 each. All tables have been sold and Burnette said there were a very limited number of tickets left as of Friday.

Call 770-503-9060 for information about availability.

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