12th Annual Power of the Purse

Every November the Nevada Women’s Fund brings Power of the Purse to the Reno Ballroom. Power of the Purse is a signature fundraising event of the Nevada Women’s Fund and supports our mission of empowering achievement in local women, children, and families.

This festive, unique and community-oriented event is one of Reno’s premiere holiday shopping experiences and will feature more than 70 boutiques, representing the latest in Reno’s fashion, accessories, artisan jewelry, home decor, handmade sweets, health and beauty projects and more.

Every ticket purchase includes two drink tickets and holiday fare provided by the Eldorado Resort Casino. 

Oh, and of course we raffle designer purses throughout the night! 


Thank you to all that attended!



Pre-Registered Vendors will be contacted directly by the NWF office via e-mail. If your e-mail has changed please let us know immediately so we can keep in communication; send us an e-mail to

If you are interested in applying please use the following link.



Salute to Women of Achievement

This unique event celebrates the determination, passion and dedication of women in our community and the businesses that support them. Coming from all walks of life, together we celebrate women who meaningfully contribute to their workplace, families and community.  


Local corporations and organizations recognize individual women for their community service, career and personal achievements. Considered Reno’s largest business luncheon, nearly 1,400 attended annually to honor the deserving woman in our community while supporting the Nevada Women’s Fund’s mission of inspiring achievement in local women and their families. 


The luncheon is an excellent opportunity to honor women inside and outside of your organization. Honor a key employee in your company or maybe consider recognizing a woman in the community. Identify teachers, caregivers, faith workers, non-profit professionals or volunteers. 


2019 Salute to Women of Achievement

The 2019 Salute to Women of Achievement Luncheon was held on May 23, 2019, at the Grand Sierra Resort. Over 50 local companies and organizations honored 74 women this year.


Dana Bennett 2019 Event Chair

Dana Bennett chaired this year’s event, she is the first female president of the Nevada Mining Association(NMA) in its 106-year history. NMA is Nevada’s oldest and most enduring branch in the STEM industry. A lifelong Nevadan with an abiding curiosity about Nevada’s history, Dana grew up in Reno and eventually earned a Ph.D. in history with a focus on women in the Nevada Legislature. She has worked for state government, owned her own business, and published three books and numerous articles.


“It is such an honor to serve as chair of the 2019 luncheon,” Bennett said. “It is exciting to recognize and applaud the outstanding women in our region for their professional, personal and community achievements that support the on-going efforts of Nevada Women’s Fund.” In addition to chairing this important event, Dana serves on several boards, including the Nevada Board of Economic Development.


Sandy Pearce Raffealli 2019 Hall of Fame 

This year Sandy Pearce Raffealli was inducted to the Nevada Women’s Fund Hall of Fame. Sandy says, “Being honored by the women I most admire and from whom I have learned so much is humbling and gratifying. Thank you to everyone involved in choosing me for this remarkable honor. The Nevada Women’s Fund and its mission have been very important to me over the last 30 years. How fortunate I am to be involved with this terrific group!”


Sandy is also Nevada’s nominee for the 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year award. Each year Ally, TIME Magazine and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) team up to celebrate the many ways auto dealers are doing it right in their industry and giving back with extraordinary contributions to their community.


Bill Pearce Motors encompasses five dealerships in Reno representing brands BMW, Honda, MINI, Porsche and Volvo. Sandy manages the business along with her family, and has been a strong supporter of the Nevada Women’s Fund for many years!


Ieshia Champs 2019 Keynote Speaker

Richard Holman Photography

This year’s speaker for the Salute to Women of Achievement luncheon was Ieshia Champs. She is a recent graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law, a single mother of five wonderful children, and the first person in her family to pursue a graduate degree. Ieshia was a prior highschool dropout, and was pregnant with her fourth child, when she suffered a crushing barrage of obstacles. She lost her job, lost her home in a fire, and lost her children’s father to cancer. With the support of her children and her pastor, she managed to return to school and receive her GED at the age of twenty-four. Before matriculating into law school she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston-Downtown, majoring in Business Applied Administration.

Ieshia Champs’ story of how she has overcome the odds has spread all over the world. Beginning with the local news media in Houston, people have been inspired by her story through media sources such as; ABC Local & ABC & NBC Nationwide News, Inside Edition, The Shade Room, Yahoo Lifestyle, Ellen DeGeneres, and an appearance on the Steve Harvey Show.