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Power of the Purse raises funds, encourages supporters to increase monthly contributions

More than 300 community members and supporters attended Bright Futures for Youth’s Power of the Purse fundraiser March 23 at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

The much-anticipated and major fundraiser had been canceled because of COVID during the past two years.

“It was great to get together and see so many familiar faces, longtime supporters of our efforts and mission, and many who learned about us for the first time,” said Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of Bright Futures for Youth. “The event was a huge success, and is only possible because of the hard work and planning from our staff, supporters and volunteers.”

Bright Futures for Youth is a community-focused nonprofit committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of youth, from sixth-graders to those in their mid-20s, in Nevada County.

Individuals and small-business owners donated purses that were raffled off during the Power of the Purse. The event raised $30,000 day of and $30,000 in monthly donations.

The luncheon also allows Bright Futures for Youth board members and staff to detail the organization’s efforts and share success stories of its three programs – The Friendship Club, NEO and SAFE, which helps youth experiencing homelessness.

Sixty-eight became monthly donors during the Power of the Purse, and another 16 increased their monthly support to Bright Futures for Youth. Monthly donations help generate more stable revenue for Bright Futures for Youth.

During the event, Singer was honored with the Women’s Caucus of the League of California Cities’ Women of Persistence Award. The annual award celebrates women who have persisted in their efforts for equality, change, growth and improvement in their communities.