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United Way’s ReadNYC Fundraiser, Power of the Purse

The Power of the Purse, Chloe

The Power of the Purse, Chloe

The 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Council Luncheon today benefited The United Way’s ReadNYC. The luncheon focused on the Power of Women to Make a Difference. The Read NYC helps students reach grade level performance by the completion of third grade. 

Several successful business women were recognized  at the luncheon. They included:

  • Monique L. Nelson, Chair & CEO of UniWorld Group
  • Laurie M. Tisch, President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
  • Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer of Macy’s
  • Jennifer Warren, Managing Director and Head, U.S. Region at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
Domaine Laurent-Pierre

Champagne Laurent-Perrier

Sheena Wright, President and CEO of United Way of New York City (UWNYC) also attended the luncheon. The renowned French winery, Champagne Laurent-Perrier sponsored the 10th Anniversary Toast and luncheon.

The Power of the Purse Auction

The United Way’s ReadNYC is also benefitting from an unusual auction featuring items including luxurious handbags, travel and more. Wine lovers and enthusiasts  have the opportunity of bidding for handbag and a special trip to Tours-sur-Marne in France where they will receive a VIP tour and champagne tasting at  Champagne Laurent-Perrier.

The auction takes place over several days. Anyone interested in helping ReadNYC can participate in the handbag auction by bidding or just submitting a pledge. ReadNYC will receive 100% of the auction proceeds.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

The handbags for the auction include:

  • Max Mara Whitney Handbag – designed by Renzo Piano and Coat Package
  • Chloe purse and tickets to France with tour to Champagne Laurent-Perrier
  • Parisian Chic by Givenchy
  • Michael Kors tote and SoHo Soiree!
  • Bamboo Gucci purse includes a trip to Europe and a VIP wine tastings at Champagne-Laurent Perrier
  • A Glamorous Gucci
  • NY Giants Tote includes to ticket in the owner’s box
  • Petite Python evening bag
  • Exotic Python Tote
  • Gold and Sapphire evening bag by Dennis Basso
  • Two vibrant MODEL M bags from Verdi

Those not be interested in high-end handbags should consider the opportunity to make a pledge.



Pledge to Donate

Those not interested in participating in the unique handbag auction are provided with the opportunity to help ReadNYC by pledging for one of six items.

1. A pledge of $250  will provide two families with the resources to become financially empowered.
2. A $500 pledge will five 25 chidlren and families the books and tools to foster and grow  a love of reading together.
3. A pledge of $1,000 supplies 500 meals to students.
4. A $2,5000 pledge provides an educator with tools to improve the quality of their instruction.
5. A $5,000 pledge will allow six students  to benefit from after school tutoring.
6. The $10,000 pledge provides a seven week intensive literacy program for four students.

Anyone interested in the auction for handbags or making a pledge to help the students of New York City through ReadNYC can participate online.

Reading is an essential part of a fulfilling life. Are you able to help young children in New York City?


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