Get a sneak peak at Power of the Purse bags!

Get a sneak peak at one-of-a-kind, local designer bags to be auctioned off to the highest bidder at this year’s Power of the Purse event on March 26 at Mario’s downtown store on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The four-year-old premiere event itself, which benefits Girls Inc. girls who are “strong, smart and bold,” will be held on March 12, at The Nines Hotel downtown from 5:30 to 7 p.m., but several of the purses will be on display at Mario’s on Thursday.

Gorgeous silk beaded evening bag

Gorgeous silk beaded evening bag

Challenged to create the handbag of their dreams, local designers like Maya Bauer of Maya Moon Designs and Mia Scofield of MiMo Handbags and Jayne Dearborn of Designs by Jayne, partner with local “purse-o-nalities” aka local celebrities to fabricate the unique purses. This year’s local celebrities include Peggy Fowler CEO Portland GE, Anna Song, KATU Anchor, Sandy Rowe, The Oregonian Editor and Elizabeth Leach, Leach Gallery.

Designers work directly with the celebrities in the construction of the bags. The handcrafted bags vary wildly in shape, size and construction – from leather shoulder bags to elegant evening bags to one that uses vintage fabric and diamonds rumored to be worth almost $10,000.

On the night of the auction, the purses are modeled by the 2009-2010 Girls’ Council girls ages 8-20 in a fashion show that brings raves from the audience.

Power of the Purse PREVIEW EVENT
WHEN:          Thursday, February 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Mario’s, 806 SW Broadway #250, Downtown Portland

Tickets may be purchased for the March 12 Power of the Purse event online at or by calling Girls Inc. at 503.230.0054.

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