Power of the Purse and Wallet returns this Tuesday | Sun News

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LAGRANGE – LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce staff and board members are packing all the last minute details for the organization’s 12th annual Power of the Purse and Wallet fundraiser .

This event takes place Tuesday evening at the Blue Gate Performing Arts Center in Shipshewana.

An ever popular event for the Chamber, this year’s event is already shaping up to be something out of the ordinary.

Beth Sherman, longtime executive director of the chamber, is retiring at the end of the year, and she looks forward to this event every year.

“This one is really important to me, it’s my baby,” she said.

Sherman said that when she started planning for the Power of the Purse and Wallet 2021, it seemed to have lost some of its magic and took a long time to gain traction.

Last year, the chamber moved the event online and Sherman was concerned that this might dampen enthusiasm for this year’s event. But over the past few weeks, people and businesses have responded, and this year’s event appears to be the biggest in history.

Sherman kicked off the annual Power of the Purse event over a decade ago. Its goal was to create a chamber event designed to help other local nonprofits. For years, funds raised by the Power of the Purse program have been used to help local food banks.

But five years ago, Sherman had a conversation with the principal of a local elementary school who spoke of his difficulties finding the funds to maintain a weekend feeding program for some of his students. This conversation deeply touched Sherman’s heart, and it shifted the focus of Power of the Purse and Wallet to helping schools feed children.

Sherman admitted that this mission has become personal.

“I have a special place in my heart for children,” she said. “I was shocked that there was such a problem in LaGrange County. Thanks to what the chamber has done, we have helped to raise awareness of this problem in other countries.

Sherman said the problem is more prevalent than many people realize.

“There were so many people who did not know it, I was not the only one not to know that some children do not have enough to eat, that some children dread Christmas because they are hungry during these breaks, ” she said.

Today, the chamber is funding the Boomerang Backpack and Blessings in a Backpack program in the three school districts of LaGrange County. These programs send home food like individual sachets of peanut butter, breads and soups to families in need to ensure children are always fed while they are away from school for the week. -end.

The Power of the Purse and Wallet event was so successful that it funds all three programs in all of these LaGrange County school districts.

Sherman is extremely proud of the chamber’s accomplishment.

“It’s the only fundraiser we do,” Sherman said of the chamber. “And it’s something that helps kids across the county.”

Sherman said this year’s Power of the Purse and Wallet event is shaping up to be a blockbuster. Scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sherman said the event garnered a near-record over 40 handbags and wallets and sold an astonishing number of tickets.

“It’s just amazing,” she said of the support shown by the chamber. “At the first Power of the Purse event, we raised $ 2,250. Today we received a scholarship which was worth more than that. Isn’t that awesome? I want to make sure that no stomach is hungry. This is my slang.


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