Brittany McIntire and Annabelle Giordano

Brittany McIntire (left) and Annabelle Giordano leave last year's "Power of the Purse" event, armed with a number of exciting auction wins and happy contribute back to Ohio University.

Photo courtesy of: Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University

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“Power of the Purse” silent auction offers unique way to give back

Registration deadline is March 8

Amid many other interesting events during the March 14 OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference, one activity will offer a fun and fashionable way to give back.
“The Power of the Purse” silent auction will feature more than 50 themed purses, ranging from designer handbags and vacation package bags to handcrafted items, clutches and coin purses. Each purse will contain accessories and other goodies that compliment the bag’s theme. The purses will vary greatly to fit the desires of any conference attendee, on any budget.

Brittany McIntire, a 2012 OHIO alumna and director of outside sales for the Athens Hampton Inn, expressed her excitement for the auction. “This is every girl’s dream come true,” she said.

Annabelle Giordano, OHIO College of Business events coordinator for graduate programs and interim assistant director for the Center for International Business Education and Development, echoed McIntire’s excitement. “What a fun way to promote a great cause,” she said.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Women in Philanthropy (WIP) of Ohio University Fund to promote financial literacy, philanthropic education, leadership and volunteerism, while fostering a powerful tradition of giving among Ohio University students, alumnae and the entire OHIO community. During the past two conferences, more than $5,000 has been raised to benefit students.

Open to all members of the Athens and University communities, this full-day conference will feature a number of other interesting sessions and events, from the “Women and Whimsy” – themed networking reception featuring OHIO alumna Marcia Cham’s keynote about the quirky and imaginative messages that can be found in the works of Dr. Seuss, to a Kennedy Lecture Series presentation by Lilly Ledbetter, groundbreaking fair pay restoration activist and the inspiration for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act for equal rights in the workplace. Register now as the conference is filling fast.

Please note that if you are unable to attend the entire conference, you have the option to attend only the evening networking reception.

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If you want to learn more or get involved, please contact Dorothy Schey at or by calling 740-593-4556.