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Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley to host ‘A Purse for Change’ fundraiser

The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley is powering forward and continuing to support local women and girls by hosting its 16th annual A Purse for Change Auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. This year’s event will be hosted at the Temple B’rith Kodesh synagogue, 2131 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618. All proceeds will benefit and support women and girls living in the Greater Rochester area and surrounding counties.

Of the more than 4 million people who have left the workforce since February 2020, nearly 60% — 2.4 million — are women. Single parents, especially single female heads of households, face the greatest challenges. The economic downturn resulting from the pandemic has disproportionately hurt women’s employment, and the effect will be long-lasting. With few resources to support childcare and ongoing financial instability, the Women’s Foundation has pledged itself to helping women and girls move forward instead of falling behind.

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The Purse for Change designer purse auction is one of Rochester’s premier social events, featuring engaging entertainment, luxury raffles, food, wine and more than150 designer purses.

 “It is critical now more than ever to place supportive scaffolding around our most vulnerable women and girls. This philanthropic event brings us together for a fun night of shopping and networking while giving back to our community.” —Krystle Ellis, Interim Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley

Tickets are available now for $75. Those who purchase tickets will be entered to win a popular designer bag. Power Her Forward ticket bundle: $125 (Includes Gucci designer bag raffle entry, Power Her Forward shirt, stemless wineglass, Lift Your Sister canvas tote and buttons.)

NEW: Special Young Professional ticket price: $50 (ages 18-25). Young professionals who purchase tickets before June 30 will receive a Women’s Foundation stemless wineglass.

Tickets also will be available at the door.

To purchase advance tickets and to learn more, follow the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley on FacebookInstagram or Twitter, or visit

Members of the media seeking preview interviews, and organizations and individuals interested in supporting the event as a sponsor or community partner, may contact Krystle Ellis directly at
[email protected].