Area women can indulge in their love of the handbag while helping raise money to provide books for preschoolers during the fifth annual Power of the Purse luncheon and auction next month.
Slated from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Holiday Inn City Center, 700 Rogers Ave., the event brings women from all over the area to chat, enjoy lunch and bid on an assortment of purses, according to Angie Ruth, director of finance and administration for the United Way of Fort Smith Area. More than 40 purses will be offered at a silent auction.
Proceeds benefit the UW's early literacy initiative, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which provides books for more than 1,660 children in the area, Ruth explained. Children from birth to 5 years old in Crawford, Franklin, Logan and Sebastian counties are mailed a hard-bound, age-appropriate book each month through the initiative. It costs an average of $30 per child to provide 12 books to them for a year, Ruth added.
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