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Power of the Purse Luncheon

2021 Power of the Purse was a Success!

Our luncheon returns in-person and better than ever!* For the first time in 2 years, supporters of the FDLA Women’s Fund came together in-person for the 17th Power of the Purse SHEro Celebration. Just over 160 guests gathered in the newly renovated Lakeside Park Pavilion to honor Women of Achievement Valerie Graczyk (2020) and the 2021 co-recipients Kim Mueller and Katherine Vergos.

Hear words of inspiration from our 2020 and 2021 Women of Achievement.

We also honored seven SHEroes from the community, nominated by other women, for sheroic deeds throughout the pandemic. We are so grateful to the sponsors, our attendees and those who supported the auction from afar, but especially all who’ve worked hard to give us this opportunity to gather again!

Find out how these hometown SHEroes kept themselves and others focused on getting us through the pandemic.

*Contingent on safety related to COVID-19.


Organization & Initiative Updates


Our collaborations continue and we have some great updates and announcements to share!


Celebrating SHEroes – women in our community that improve the lives of those around them – was so successful in for our 2021 Power of the Purse event that we are bringing it back for 2022!

This time, however, we’ll honor SHEroes who make an impact in the field of mental health, working with women and children.

Do you know a therapist, a school phychologist, a social worker, a nonprofit employee, a teacher or someone else who makes a difference by raising awareness, supporting others or overcoming their own struggles to inspire others? Nominate her today!

Congrats Valerie Graczyk 2020 "Women of Achievement"

Join us in the recognition of Valerie and her work in the Fond du Lac community and beyond.

Thank You 2021 Sponsors

Bold Changemaker

Society Insurance

Pillar of Strength Supporter

Grants Giver

Sisters of St. Agnes FVS Bank

Events Amplifier

CD Smith Muthig Industries Moraine Park Technical College Festival Foods Fond du Lac Mid-States Aluminum Wrightway

Friends of the Women's Fund

  • Baker Cheese

In-Kind Sponsors

  • Sweet N Easy Events
  • Westphal's
  • Wisco Hotel Group

Raffle Basket Donors

  • Blanck's Lake Aire Supper Club
  • Comedy City
  • Create Salon & Spa
  • C.W. Smith Jewelers
  • Dan's Village Bowl
  • Eaton's Fresh Pizza
  • Jet Stream Car Wash
  • Just Fare Market
  • Knuth Brewing Co.
  • Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
  • Leadercast Women
  • Road America
  • Someday Travel
  • Soroptimist of Fond du Lac
  • Summerfest
  • Sweet N Easy Events
  • The Golf Club at Camelot
  • Wendt's on the Lake
  • Wisconsin State Fair