Power of the Purse

I was searching for an opportunity to give back to my community but wasn’t really finding anything that grabbed at my heart strings in a powerful way until I was told about the Women of Vision Fund of Flagler College.  This group was founded in 2014 to provide scholarships and opportunities for women at Flagler College.  It also presented an opportunity to forge strong connections between the college and women in the St. Augustine community.

I went back to college in my early 40’s after my divorce.  As a single mother of two beautiful children, I realized that I needed to finish my college education, which had been put on the back burner when I got married and had my daughter.  I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of numerous scholarships.  Without these scholarships, I would not have been able to finish college.  I promised myself that when I had the opportunity, I would pay it forward to other women.  The Women of Vision afforded me that opportunity!

The Power of the Purse fundraising luncheon is held annually at Flagler College in the historic Dining Room of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon and always features a special presentation from a renowned female.  Prior to the luncheon, there is a silent auction of beautiful and unique purses.  The winners are announced at the end of the luncheon after the scholarship recipients are introduced.  This year scholarships were awarded to three students: Chloe Petito, a St. Augustine native triple-majoring in accounting, economics, and finance; Jamie Creamer, a rising junior studying strategic communications and public relations with a minor in graphic design and advertising; and Ellen Fogel, a rising junior double majoring in public history and Spanish with a minor in economics.

If you have not heard of this event or have not yet attended, it is a truly spectacular event and a great way to help shape the lives of the next generation of leaders!  For more information about the fund and how to give, go to Flagler.edu/wov.

Author: Paula Fallon

The beach is my happy place. When I'm at the beach, all the stresses of everyday life seem to disappear. I also love to eat! Being physically active is important to me so having weather that allows me to be outside all year long without heavy clothing on is a definite plus. I enjoy artwork, strolling around a quaint downtown where I feel safe, and being on the water - whether in a boat, on a jet ski, on a surf board, or just swimming. Music is an important part of my life. It is for all these reasons that I picked St. Augustine as my home! St. Augustine offers all these things to me and so much more! There is always something going on in St. Augustine. I hope that you will come visit this amazing town and fall in love with it just like I did. Look me up when you get here!

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