Sally Society hosting second Power of the Purse in Lubbock

LUBBOCK – The Sally Society women’s philanthropy group of Wayland Baptist University will host its second annual Power of the Purse fundraiser in Lubbock on Sept. 19, 2015, at Prosperity Bank’s banquet center at 15th and Avenue Q. The brunch event with an English tea party theme will begin around 9:30 and end at 11:45 a.m.

This unique event includes is built around a purse auction, with the majority offered through a silent auction which opens at 9:30. The program, including brunch, will begin around 10:15 and include a panel with students in the math and science research area who are benefiting from the Sally Society funds this year. A live auction featuring purse packages provided by corporate sponsors will also be held, then attendees will have a short time to wrap up their silent auction bids before heading home with their purchases.

“This event is so fun because ladies have a chance to shop for a great new handbag and make a great impact on Wayland students through the Sally Society projects,” said Teresa Young, Director of Annual Fund at WBU and staff administrator for the giving society. “We provide a wide array of purses as far as price range, size, shape and color, so there really is something for everyone. It’s a great time to visit with other ladies and support Wayland in a different way.”

Young added that the Power of the Purse has been held every spring for four years in Plainview, the location of Wayland’s home campus, and has been a sell-out each year. The Lubbock event was added last year to grow the reach and impact of the Sally Society, which is named for university co-founder Sarah Tucker Wayland, whom her husband Dr. James Wayland called “Sally.”

“Our funding comes primarily from the dues of Sally Society members, who pay $1,000 annually, but the purse auctions are great ways to share the mission and involve women who want to be involved but might not be able to do so at the same level financially,” Young explained. “Women do not have to be members to attend the Power of the Purse, and they can still make an impact by coming to shop at the events.”

Sally Society members choose a new project each year to fund with their auction proceeds and dues, and in the four years of its existence have raised more than $100,000. The first year, an endowed scholarship in the name of Sarah Tucker Wayland was established; the following year, a Steinway piano in the practice rooms was provided, supporting the university’s goal to become an All-Steinway school. Last year, the Society renovated the lobbies of two of Wayland’s oldest women’s dormitories, and this year’s proceeds are helping the undergraduate research projects of the School of Mathematics and Sciences.

“I love that we’ve been able to make such a visible impact on this campus over just four years, and we’ve had an absolute blast doing it,” Young said. “The Sally Society is a joy for its members and others who are Power of the Purse regulars, and we love being able to bless Wayland students.”

Tickets to the Lubbock event are $30, which is fully tax-deductible. For reservations or more information, contact Young at (806) 291-3427 or email