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PLEASE NOTE: The venue has been changed to Traditions at Sheba Shrine, 142 John St, Barrie

Power of the Purse

In support of Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie

Power of the Purse

In support of Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie

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PLEASE NOTE: The venue has been changed to Traditions at Sheba Shrine, 142 John St, Barrie

Thursday, January 26, 2023 6:30 - 9:00PM Silent auction closes at 8:15PM
Traditions at Sheba Shrine in Barrie
142 John Street, Barrie, ON  L4N 2L2

Help women in your community so they can become economically independent

Please note that the venue has been changed to Traditions at Sheba Shrine in Barrie.

Join Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie for our seventh annual Power of the Purse on Thursday, January 26th!

We are thrilled to be hosting our first in-person Power of the Purse since January 2020. Layne "The Auctionista" will be hosting the evening and taking us through the live auction, with exciting, unique experiences to bid on. The silent auction will feature beautiful designer and one-of-a-kind handbags, and more. Plus, enjoy drinks and delicious hors d'oeuvres catered by Chopped Canada champion Melanie Robinson. 

Power of the Purse is guaranteed to be a fun, inspiring evening to look forward to. All proceeds go to Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie and the services we provide to women throughout Simcoe County.

“We are about much more than simply a new outfit.”

We provide our clients with attire to secure employment, but we don't stop there. Our Breakfast Club and Working Women's Group programs help women gain new skills, confidence, and the knowledge that they can actively define their lives and the direction they take.

Poverty often affects women the most, and its effects on them and their families can be long-lasting. Besides being beneficial for individual women, a growing body of evidence shows that increasing the share of household income controlled by women may produce other benefits like greater investment in children’s education, delayed marriage, and reductions in gender-based violence.

Addressing women’s needs is central to improving the quality of life for not only that woman but also her family, future generations and her community.

Silent Auction

LIVE AUCTION: Tucci Italy Kids Cuddlebug 2-piece Carry-on Set

This Cuddlebug Child’s Luggage Set is the perfect travel companion for your little ones. The collection was created with the unique characteristics of children in mind, including several design features that benefit children. Both pieces have been printed with colourful and vibrant artwork, adding loads of fun to travelling for the kids and the entire family.


LIVE AUCTION: Luxury Glamping Experience

Enjoy a relaxing one night stay for 2 at Glen Oro Eco Retreat in their NEW Galaxygazer Dome.

Outside of each accommodation is a private camper fit for your careful use and enjoyment. Inside your unit you will find a luxurious king sized bed. The unit is heated by either an environmentally friendly wood pellet stove or more traditional wood stove. There is also a cedar barrel sauna which is heated by a Finnish wood stove.

Included with your stay is charcuterie and a breakfast box from Eclectic Café, and a bottle of 2012 Creekside Broken Press Syrah, donated by BPW Barrie.



4 day passes to Vettä Nordic Spa in Oro Medonte, plus 4 $25 gift cards to Eclectic Café in Orillia. 

Vettä is a Finnish inspired Nordic day spa that celebrates the Finnish lifestyle and sauna culture. These passes give you access to all of the Nordic spa: three relaxation rooms, one warm stone room, one warm pool, two hot pools, salt scrub shower, and two cold plunge pools. Each pass also includes a rob, towels, and a locker.

Eclectic Café is owned and operated by Alana Bell and Chopped Canada champion Chef Melanie Robinson. It is located in downtown Orillia and open Tuesday-Saturday, with brunch on Saturdays.


LIVE AUCTION: Theatre in the City

Two orchestra tickets to see “Hamilton” at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto on Saturday, March 4, 2023

$150 in gift certificates to be used at any restaurant in the Distillery District in Toronto. Must be used before June 30, 2023


LIVE AUCTION: Gucci Shoulder Bag

The small GG Marmont chain shoulder bag has a softly structured shape and a zip top closure with the double G hardware. The chain shoulder strap has a leather shoulder detail. Made in matelassé leather with a chevron design.


LIVE AUCTION: Longchamp Crossbody Bag

Longchamp Paris Brioche Crossbody Bag in turtledove colour

Longchamp is a French luxury accessories brand founded by Jean Cassegrain in Paris in 1948. This bag with flap will charm you with its small size, perfect for carrying around all your essential items. Fitted with a delicate and sliding chain, it can be worn long on the shoulder for a smart look, short, or as a crossbody bag for a more casual style.


LIVE AUCTION: Day Out in Downtown Orillia

A gift card worth $250 for brunch for four (including drinks) at The Common Stove and an afternoon of drinks and live music at PICNIC Tapas & Wine in downtown Orillia

The Common Stove: Widely recognized as the best restaurant in Simcoe County, we are foremost a place to gather for good spirits, community and conviviality.

PICNIC: In the heart of downtown Orillia. Part old-world tapas bar, part old-town grocer, and deliciously fun. Join us for lunch, dinner or snacks and drinks 7 days a week. Live music on Sunday afternoons.

Organized by
Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie
Since 2014 Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie has empowered women in central Ontario to achieve economic independence.
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