The Power of the Purse kicked off the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote with a sold-out crowd at the 2020 Centennial event on Friday, December 6, 2019, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples to celebrate the ratification of the 19th amendment, and the women’s suffrage movement.
Twenty-five representatives from local women’s organizations participated in a “Suffrage Roll Call” inspired by Jackie Pierce, Women’s Foundation of Collier County Board Chair, who passed away less than three weeks before the event. The roll call highlighted key women’s suffrage activists and their contributions. Stacey Deffenbaugh, NBC-2 News Anchor, emceed the event.
The Power of the Purse also paid tribute to Jackie Pierce, Women’s Foundation Board Chair. All donations at the event went to Jackie’s field-of-interest fund at the Community Foundation for grantmaking for local women and girls. Contributions to Jackie’s fund can be made by clicking here or by sending a check to the Community Foundation at 1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200, Naples FL 34108.
“Jackie Pierce was a champion of women who believed in the power of helping others and led by example,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Community Foundation of Collier County president and CEO. “Jackie believed there is no better investment in tomorrow than the empowerment of women today, and we are honored to carry on her work.”
More than $16,000 worth of luxury handbags, donated by Waterside Shops, were awarded to winning drawing ticket holders.
The 2019 Power of the Purse was hosted by the Women’s Foundation of Collier County, a fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County, and sponsored by BMO Private Wealth Management, Gulfshore Life, and Waterside Shops.