TERRE HAUTE —
The 2012 Power of the Purse certainly had allure to Mary Francis of Terre Haute.
The ninth annual event that raises money for the United Way of the Wabash Valley’s Success By 6 program is where Francis wanted to celebrate her 69th birthday Wednesday.
“I saw this on television. I have heard about it, but have never been,” Francis said during the event’s luncheon at Hulman Center on the Indiana State University campus. “It is luck that we are here, as we got last-minute tickets,” Francis said.
Bobbi Southwood, Francis’ daughter and practice manager for Regional Hospital Healthcare Partners, said she had received an event invitation through the mail, but when she telephoned, tickets were sold out.
Fortunately, Southwood said she was placed on a waiting list and learned Tuesday they could get tickets. “We entered lots of raffles to try to win something. We enjoy this and it will be hard to go back to work,” Southwood said Wednesday.
“It’s neat, it really is,” Francis added.
The event, which attracted nearly 600 women, included 21 restaurants offering food samples. Women also bid on 65 gently used pursues and took part in 12 basket raffles. The biggest attraction was 10 live auctions, which included new purses “stuffed” with items such as hotel room certificates for French Lick Springs Hotel; restaurant certificates such as Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; makeovers; a laptop computer; spa, manicure and pedicure certificates; Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacer tickets; and a television.
Yet, the biggest draw is the “mystery basket package,” which this year included certificates for two airline tickets on Southwest Airlines, hotel rooms, cab fare and spending money.
“It is our biggest event. The live auction alone typically will net us about $10,000,” said Marla Flowers, who chaired the Power of the Purse event.
The auction, headed by Dan Tanoos, superintendent of the Vigo County School Corp., included official spotters — all men — who yelled out an amount of a bidder. The spotters, which included Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, tried to help stir up competition among bidders.
This year, the live auction packages ranged from $400 to $3,000 for the mystery package. “What is fun, a lot of times you don’t know who you are bidding against ... and I have bid against my own good friends and I normally would not do that, I would let them have it,” said Lorrie Trench, owner of Hair Express.
“There is no strategy. It is all fun. I have done a lot of bidding. It is the excitement. You’ve got to go in with the attitude that I will not lose,” Trench added with a smile.
Last year the Power of the Purse raised $52,000, which was the highest amount to date. Flowers had set a goal of raising $60,000 this year. A total amount raised was not available Wednesday.
Claudia Tanoos — who chairs the United Way of the Wabash Valley campaign this year that intends to raise $1.86 million to serve 33 agencies in six counties — started Power of the Purse. The event was first held in a former bed and breakfast house. It was then moved to a church and then to Hulman Center. This year marked the fifth time at Hulman Center.
Tanoos said she formed a group of women who brainstormed on what women liked to do. “We like to eat, we like to shop and we like to network,” Tanoos said. “That is when the Power of the Purse was started.”
Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at (812) 231-4204 or email@example.com.
TERRE HAUTE —
Tasting their way to a cure
People appeared to be in high spirits Friday inside the historic Indiana Theatre as they gathered for an evening of wine, food and conversation while supporting efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.
Same-sex marriage: 4 couples sue state over ban
Four gay couples from southern Indiana sued the state Friday, seeking to force Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from out of state and issue licenses to same-sex couples.
Time to check smoke alarms
Three years after a house fire on South Nine Street in Terre Haute resulted in the death of three people, a Terre Haute grandmother still wonders if the outcome of that fire would have been different if smoke detectors in the home had been working.
Indiana State Board extends president’s contract
Indiana State University has signed up Dan Bradley, the school’s president, for an additional three years of service.
New animal shelter gets welcome boost
The aging Terre Haute Humane Society shelter is not a place for the faint of heart.
Vigo County high school team in FIRST Robotics’ Crossroads Regional
Drivers of remote-controlled robots will match skills, similar to those used in basketball and soccer, to score in the FIRST Robotics’ Crossroads Regional on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Benefit planned for daycare fire victim
Veronica Gray never met 19-month-old Emma Lloyd, but when she learned about the child’s tragic death in a Sullivan day care fire, she had to do something.
Winter’s costs add up for Vigo
While still within county and city budgets, the snowstorms of January and February were more costly than a year ago.
Mayor Bennett threatens veto of consultant funding
Mayor Duke Bennett is threatening to veto a measure before the Terre Haute City Council that would transfer money into the council’s budget allowing the body to again hire a financial consultant.
Semitrailer fire slows eastbound traffic on Interstate 70
Traffic on Interstate 70 was slowed Thursday afternoon by a semitrailer fire just east of Terre Haute.
Tests show Skittles had no unusual chemicals
The Indiana State Health Department has given Skittles a clean bill of health.
No problems reported in early 10-digit phone dialing
Just be grateful you (probably) aren’t using a rotary telephone these days.
Cloverdale woman sentenced to 10 years in molestation/neglect case
A Cloverdale woman received a 10-year prison sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to child molesting and neglect of a defendant in Vigo Superior Court 3.
College students spend alternative spring break helping in Vigo County
Pruning in the orchard and preparing plants for the garden has been part of the experience for a group of Minnesota students who are spending this week as an alternative spring break at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
MARK BENNETT: How you approach the day will influence if you are a ‘morning person’
I can still see the stacks of coins, 40 cents in each, arranged on the dining room table.
Area Plan Department considering raising fees
The Vigo County Area Planning Department is exploring the possibility of raising the fees for its services.
Tuesday night crash leads to arrest on drug charges
A Terre Haute man was arrested on drug-related charges after a one-car accident Tuesday night in Clay County.
Clock ticking on downtown TIF district
The sun is setting on Terre Haute’s downtown tax increment finance district, which city economic development officials say has been crucial to downtown revitalization, following action this week from the Indiana General Assembly.
Lay pastor files guilty plea in child sex case
A Terre Haute man has pleaded guilty to seven felonies in connection with a child molestation that allegedly involved the man’s wife as well.
Man gets 1 year probation for child, animal neglect
A Vigo County man has been sentenced to one year on formal probation after pleading guilty to housing children and animals in a filthy house.
Three-vehicle crash on U.S. 41 injures three
Three people received minor injuries and one motorist was cited following a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 41 at Springhill Drive at 9:59 a.m. Wednesday.
Sullivan daycare fire victim ID’d
Sullivan County authorities have released the name of a 1 1⁄2-year-old girl who died Tuesday morning in a Sullivan County daycare fire.
Sullivan Daycare fire: Broken hearts
A 11⁄2-year-old girl tragically died early Tuesday morning as the result of a fire at Waterman’s Wonderland Daycare on Sullivan’s south side.
Sony DADC cutting 34 distribution jobs here
Sony DADC is halting product distribution operations from its Terre Haute plant at a cost of 34 jobs, a company official said Tuesday.
Bill ends automatic license suspensions for many crimes
Unpaid parking fines, falling behind on child support, drunken driving: So many offenses trigger a suspended driver’s license in Indiana that more than a half-million Hoosiers have lost their driving privileges. In fact, driving on a suspended license is the most common charged offense, prosecutors say.
Indiana same-sex marriage tax benefits nixed by Senate
Gay rights advocates said they’re deeply concerned about a split in state policy from a new federal approach to taxes recognizing same-sex marriage that the Indiana Senate approved 41-6 on Tuesday.
‘Slow’ start to Illinois early voting
Early voting is “slow” in Clark and Edgar counties in Illinois, election officials said Tuesday, even with the first-time permitting of 17-year-olds to register and vote in the March 18 primary election.
Brazil girl badly burned in Monday fire
A 6-year-old girl suffered second- and third-degree burns to her lower extremities in a Monday morning fire at 313 S. Vine St. in Brazil.
Helping out Hoosiers: 181st Intelligence Wing launches first aerial domestic support mission
The roar of the jets is long gone but Airmen from the 181st Intelligence Wing Indiana Air National Guard still stand watch for the Hoosiers of Indiana.
Indiana Attorney General launches statewide food drive
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller launched the statewide March Against Hunger food drive competition Tuesday in Terre Haute.
- More News Headlines
- Tasting their way to a cure