Photo caption on home page: Organizers for the NACF Women Givers “Power of the Purse & Pretties Auction” are L-R: Judy Abbott, Beverly Madrin and Charlotte Underwood, who show off some recent donations for the special event on Nov. 8.     

The Women Giver of Northeast North Carolina is hosting the fourth annual  Power of the Purse Auction to support their charitable efforts in the counties of Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans.  The NACF Women Givers giving circle is supported through its local membership donations and through funds raised from this event.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 Nov. 8 at the Christ Episcopal Church on McMorrine Street in Elizabeth City. This is a ticketed event and those wishing to attend should contact Charlotte Underwood at the Elizabeth City Visitors Center or Lenora Jarvis-Mackey at River City CDC.  Event tickets are $20 each, and auction tickets, about an "arm's length," are $10 each.

We have received generous donations of custom-made handbags, along with donations of jewelry, scarves and bags from area businesses and artists. This event is intended to be fun and raise funds to be used for the spring grant awards to support the direct services of area nonprofit organizations serving local needs of women and girls in this region.

Past recipients of these awards include programs provided by Albemarle Hopeline and Girls Inc.  This fund has awarded over $18,500 in grants since 2007 to support programs and special projects at Albemarle Hopeline, the Food Bank of the Albemarle, Girls Inc., Albemarle Smart Start, HLTrigg Community School, Rheema Ministries, College of the Albemarle Foundation, Elizabeth City State University, National Council of Negro Women, Foreshadow Academy and Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start.

In all cases, the needs of women and children are the focus of the grant program. Area nonprofit organizations apply for these grants to support their services.

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