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Women of Vision’s Fourth Annual Power of the Purse announced for May 17

Feb 12, 2018

Flagler College’s Women of Vision Advisory Board will host its fourth annual Power of the Purse® luncheon on May 17, 2018. The event will include a silent auction of purses, followed by a luncheon and program in the college’s historic Ponce de Leon Hall. The funds raised will support scholarships and educational opportunities for women attending Flagler College.

A picture of Lena Franklin.This year the program features guest speakers from Atlanta, Ga., Lena Franklin (LCSW) and Meghan Toups (LPC), who will focus on the trending topic of “mindfulness,” which emphasizes healing from within to improve one’s emotional and physical well-being. Both women have been featured as health and wellness experts in numerous media outlets including The New York Times Style Magazine.

A key element of the fundraiser is the Power of the Purse® Tribute Book. The book will feature full-page tributes, including photographs and text that can be purchased for $250 to commemorate or celebrate a special, inspirational woman who has made a difference in your life. Tributes may be in memory of a loved one or in recognition of a living person.

Picture of Meghan Toups“Everyone attending the luncheon will receive the signature keepsake from the event — a Tribute Book,” said Kathi Keller, chairwoman for the event. “Purchasing a tribute is a wonderful way to show appreciation of a mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher or colleague, while also supporting scholarships for women at Flagler College.”

The deadline for submitting a tribute is April 13, 2018. For more information, visit

The Women of Vision Advisory Board is also seeking sponsors for the 2018 event.
Power of the Purse® luncheon sponsors — including Diamond, Ruby and Citrine level donors, as well as media and in-kind sponsors — will be recognized for their generous support in the Tribute Book, on the Women of Vision website and in media coverage.

To date, sponsors include Anh Vu, M.D., Burkhardt Sales and Service, Dolores and Allen Lastinger, Fields Cadillac St. Augustine, Flagler Hospital, Forrest Inc., Leonard’s, St. Johns Law Group and The Bailey Group.  In-kind donations have been made by Beard’s Jewelry, Blue Water Jewelers, Hybrid Design, Island Life, Monarch Studio, Neff Jewelers, Nettles Fine Jewelry, Old City Life, Reubel Fine Jewelry, Smiles by Glenos Orthodontist, St. Augustine Media, St. Augustine Social and The St. Augustine Distillery.

For more information about sponsorships or purchasing tributes for the 2018 Power of the Purse®, call Jessie Brabender at 904-819-6384 or email

For information about supporting the Women of Vision Fund visit

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