History of the Event

History of the Event


In 2004, Claudia Tanoos invited 98 women to a luncheon that combined fashion with fundraising and the first Power of the Purse was born. The event, which raised funds for the United Way of the Wabash Valley, has become a Terre Haute tradition.

As the event grew, the Amazing Purse Pursuit was added with teams of Power Purse Gals competing to raise additional money for the cause.

Through your generosity the past 15 years, over one quarter of a million dollars has been raised to support early childhood literacy and education. We hope you’ll help us make our 16th year the most successful ever.

Our thanks to you, for opening your handbags and your hearts to give so graciously. You are indeed the Power of the Purse.