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The 2017 Power of the Purse again experienced another great year including collecting more than 2,400 new and gently-used purses to sell at the annual event held each year by Her Mind Magazine and Blossoms of Hope. In addition, more than 84 silent auction packages and 35 designer purses were available for bid raising more than $40,000 at the evening’s event.

Each year, Blossoms of Hope donates a portion of the proceeds it raises from all its events to benefit the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital. Over the past 12 years, Blossoms has donated more than $300,000 to the Cancer Resource Center.

Power of the Purse placed donation boxes in 24 area businesses over a 6-week period, collecting the thousands of purses, some including designer purses with original values of up to $5,000. The majority of the purses were available for cash and carry between $5 and $95. This event, however, continues to give as many of the purses that weren’t sold were then donated to Success in Style, Vietnam Veterans and Project Plase.

“This is an event that is great fun,” said Becky Mangus, chair of the 2017 Power of the Purse. “But it takes a tremendous amount of work and donations from a lot of people and businesses. They are what has built this event into such a successful fundraiser that is also so much fun.”

A VIP component was added this year that allowed early entrance into the event and selection of the purses. But much of the success of this event is due to the hard work and dedication of more than 50 volunteers that participate both the day of and months prior to the event in order to collect, clean, price and set-up the large selection. In addition, there were many companies that were critical in making Power of the Purse a real extravaganza, including:

  • Corporate Office Properties Trust,
  • The Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom by Fretz,
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy,
  • Seasons 52,
  • The Iron Bridge Wine Co.,
  • Pam Long Photography,
  • The Business Monthly,
  • DellaBlooms,
  • The Decorating Therapist,
  • The Wendy Slaughter Team at RE/MAX 100,
  • Time Savers Advantage,
  • Freestate Storage and
  • Clever Containers.

Sponsors also included:

  • Sergio X. Galindo and Bank of America,
  • Hulsman/McIlvane Group with Coldwell Banker Real Estate,
  • Harkins Builders, Inc. & Dick Lombardo,
  • Harry H. Witzke Family Funeral Home,
  • Don and Chris Pistorio,
  • Creig & Carla Northrop and The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster,
  • Vic and Tina Broccolino,
  • Dr. William & Lauren Mayer,
  • Joe and Jennifer Sclafani and the Sclafani Family,
  • Wayne and Phyllis Clark,
  • Ourisman Automotive,
  • Anita Broccolino, and
  • Janet and Jim Robey.

“I want to thank Her Mind Magazine,” said Mangus, “for coming up with this concept seven years ago. Together we have grown this into an event and a fundraiser that makes a significant difference.”

Planning is already being set in motion for the seventh annual Power of the Purse in 2018.nd 8 off-the-table bags during their hour.