Thursday, September 5, 2013
by Staff Reports,

The sixth annual Power of the Purse fundraiser will “Honor Community Heroes” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Chattahoochee Country Club at 3000 Club Drive in Gainesville,

The event will begin with a reception for founding members of WomenSource at 5:30 p.m. on the Terrace. All other attendees may arrive at 6 p.m. to allow time for mingling and networking. Participants may also shop during the vendor marketplace, purchase raffle tickets for a luxury purse and accessory raffle, taste the food from the buffet and visit the cash bar before a fashion show and program.

The fashion show and program will begin at 7 p.m. and feature clothing provided by the area merchants. All of the models were chosen because of their role as a community hero and will wear clothing representative of their field of employment or volunteer role. The 2013 Community Heroes:

Susan Abee, United Way of Hall County

Grace Akan, Hall County Public Defender’s Office

Lindsay Burton, Hall County District Attorney’s Office

Tonya Butler Collins, United States Army Veteran

Marlana Crews, Hall County Fire Department

Rev. Ruth Walker Demby, First Baptist Church of Gainesville

Julia Greene, Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County

Dr. Bonita Jacobs, University of North Georgia

Elida Lopez, Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Rev. Gala Sheats, First Baptist Church, MLK Drive

Cheryl Vandiver, North Georgia Community Foundation

LeCrisha Peyton Webb, Hall County School System — East Hall Middle School

Britney Whitaker, The Longstreet Clinic, PC — Pediatrics

Proceeds will benefit WomenSource’s mission of encouraging personal and professional success for women of all ages and backgrounds in Northeast Georgia by providing quality programs and educational sessions to the women of our community.

Reservations are appreciated. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a reserved table of eight.

To make an individual or table reservation, contact WomenSource at 770-503-9060,, or prior to the event.

WomenSource is also selling tickets for the luxury purse and accessory raffle. Tickets are $5 for one ticket, $10 for three and $20 for 10 tickets. The winner does not need to be present to win. All prizes have a minimum value of $50.

For more information, contact Laura Haynes at 770-503-9060 or

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