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It's a legendary evening for a cause like no other and in 2022 the purpose couldn't be more important.  Every Woman's Place of Muskegon will be hosting the annual Power of the Purse event at the Barclay Place Event Center on October 13th and the evening of fundraising and awareness about domestic and sexual assault will be headlined by prominent community members doing a runway show featuring luxury purses up for auction with the proceeds going to help the work that Every Woman's Place does for survivors and there's a special mission this year to focus on a SANE Unit.

A SANE Unit is an acronym.  SANE is short for sexual assault nurse exam.  Currently in Muskegon, the survivor of a sexual trauma has to head to an emergency room to be examined for a police report.  I hope you stopped there for a second and thought about that.  The unspeakable has just happened...and the best we currently have to offer is "take a number and wait over there".  You get the idea I hope.

More on the needs here in our discussion with new Director of Development at EWP Jillian Pastoor.  Jillian has picked the BEST time of the year to come blazing in to EWP.  With the biggest fund raiser coming up in a couple weeks,  fall going on and of course...increased needs for services....why not come in at a dead sprint from day 1?  Meet and welcome Jillian.



Hopefully, in the video the idea of the SANE Unit got through to ya.  A private place away from the noise and clutter where a victim of the abuse can be met in a way that's a little less intrusive to talk about the most intrusive thing that could possibly have taken place.  It's an ask that should have been taken care of years ago and should too, be available in every community anywhere in the country.  We deserve that kind of treatment here in Muskegon for our most vulnerable at their most vulnerable moment.  

Back to Power of the Purse.  If you've ever been, you know it's an AMAZING party.  The high end purses.  The auction.  The silent auction.  The deals and steals and more!!!  It's one of our town's signature events and the purpose is so close to so many.  Tickets are still available!!  Tables are still available!  Both tickets and tables are running out quick!  Sponsorships are open still to support the event and SANE Unit.  Get in on the fun and get in on the end of domestic violence and sexual assault!