The following gallery is from our 7th annual Power of the Purse promotion to support our L.I.F.E. (Learning Is Fundamental for Everyone) program. This program has provided about 150,000 free books since 2003 to Whiteside County children ages birth to 5, when they enroll.
It is our single largest annual fundraiser powered by women, an annual September event held at Deer Valley Country Club in Deer Grove, Illinois. There is a gala dinner featuring live and silent auctions of high-end purses and elegant containers, vacations, and features an elegant dessert auction.
More than 225 women attend each year and raise money for the book program which was conceived and is administered and funded by the United Way of Whiteside County, with help from the Sterling Public Library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, who help us source and distribute more than 1,700 books each month to subscribing families.