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Columbus mayor to speak at Power of the Purse

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Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will be the speaker for the fourth annual Power of the Purse Luncheon Oct. 25.

The luncheon will be held at The Newnan Centre, 1515 Lower Fayetteville Road. The event will also include the announcement of the 2018 Woman of the Year and an auction of dozens of designer purses.

The Coweta Community Foundation sponsors the luncheon.

Tomlinson was elected as the 69th mayor of Columbus Nov. 30, 2010, with 68 percent of the vote. On Jan. 3, 2011, she was sworn in as the city's first female mayor.

On May 20, 2014, she was re-elected to a second term with 63 percent of the vote, making her the first mayor since the city's consolidation in 1971 to win re-election in a contested race. She has been named to Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians six times, and she holds a National Security Secret Clearance with the U.S. Department of Defense.

In 2015, Tomlinson, together with other alumnae, led the effort to save her undergraduate alma mater, Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Tomlinson now serves as chairwoman of the college's board of directors.

The Power of the Purse is the major fundraiser for the Coweta Community Foundation Women's and Children's Fund, and this year's event chair is Vicki Kaiser, a CCF board member who serves as executive director of oncology, support services and community affairs at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Purses and accessories will again be used in the theme and decor of the event, and there will be a silent auction of purses and jewelry. All proceeds from the event go to the Women's and Children's Fund, and nonprofit agencies that support the women and children of Coweta County will be able to apply through the foundation's annual grants process to receive support for their programs. The fund will also offer grants to providers who draft wills, powers of attorney, and living wills for single mothers of Coweta County.

Doors open at 11 a.m. for silent auction bidding, and the program will be from noon to 1 p.m.

Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early. Tickets start at $75 each and are available by calling 770-253-1833 or at www. cowetafoundation.org .

Teresa Tomlinson

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