Power of the Purse - United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
Power of the Purse
Benefiting United Way Child Care Scholarships


Women United’s Power of the Purse Luncheon and Purse Auction benefits United Way Child Care Scholarships.

These scholarships make quality child care affordable and accessible for parents seeking higher education for the first time.

United Way provides critical support regarding the key needs of women, children and families in San Antonio. Proceeds from Power of the Purse provide scholarships for child care that empower parents to balance work, family and career goals to achieve economic mobility. By engaging Women United members and the wider community, Power of the Purse provides life-changing support for Child Care Scholars and their families.

Contact Kasi McCormick with any sponsorship questions at kmccormick@unitedwaysatx.org.


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Security Service Event Center

15000 W. Interstate 10

The 2023 event honored Kim Lubel with the Joci Straus Visionary Leader Award for her outstanding guidance and strategic vision for United Way, including her innovative work with early childhood initiatives here in Bexar County. Nationally renowned entrepreneur and San Antonian Holly Thaggard took the stage as the featured speaker.

View more about our speakers by reading their biographies below.

2023 Power of the Purse

  • $200,000 +

    Raised for Child Care Scholarships
  • 106 Purses

    Donated to Auction
  • 530 People

    Cultivated Support for 54 Scholars and Their Families
  • Honoring Laura Vaccaro - United Way of San Antonio and Bexar CountyPower of the Purse - United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

    Honoring Laura Vaccaro

    This year's honoree is Laura Vaccaro, CEO of Kronkosky Charitable Foundation and Women United Chair 2016-2019.

Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Mays Family Foundation

Named Scholarship Sponsors

Crossbody Sponsors

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Satchel Sponsors

Clutch Sponsors

April Ancira | Community First Health Plans | Cubeta Law Group | Millennium Steel | Southwest Research Institute | UT Health San Antonio


Classic Tote Sponsors

Brighton Center | Broadway Bank | Cavender Auto Family | City Education Partners | City of San Antonio | Claire Reynolds Stationer | EY | Frost | GDC Marketing | Herb Stumberg | Jan King/King & Sommer PLLC | Kim Lubel | Lisa Friel | PNC Bank | Nonprofit Leaders | Social Venture Partners San Antonio | Spurs Sports & Entertainment | Straus Family | Texas Capital Bank | Theresa Rosenheim | The University of Texas at San Antonio | University Health | Vericast | Zachry Group


Event Sponsors

Alpha-Lit | Bling it On | Beer Business Daily | Cathy Obriotti Green | OfficeSource | Resonant Technologies | San Antonio Area Foundation | In Memory of Raynell Wynn

2024 Power of the Purse Committee


Loretta McCrary, CPS Energy — Co-Chair
Katie Reynolds, Silver Eagle Beverages — Co-Chair


Laura Vaccaro — 2024 Honoree
Kim Lubel — 2023 Honoree, Honorary Chair
Suzanne Wade — 2022 Honoree

Committee Members

Rachel Alaniz, HOLT Cat
Robin Badillo, Broadway Bank
Julie Bedingfield, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation
Katrina Campbell, Brighton Center
Elaine De Los Santos, USAA
Monica Garza, H-E-B
Kim Harle Solis, Endeavors
Lauren Mandel, San Antonio AGC
Debbie Marino, SWBC
Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio
Oralia Ortiz, DOCUmation
Sara Pfeifer, Brighton Center
Brandy Ralston-Lint, Security Service Federal Credit Union
Marcie Ramsey, KGBTexas Communications
Lee Sinclair, EY
Tinsley Smith, Zachry Group
Elizabeth Stephens, Brand Builders Group
Kim Von Bertrab, Google
Claire Vukasin, SWBC
Debra Weems, Valero
Joanna Weidman, NuStar Energy
Sarah Wilson, H-E-B
Mel Zarb-Cousin, Magik Theatre