Power Of The Purse


The sixth annual Power of the Purse Luncheon and Purse Auction will be held on April 9, 2015 at the Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Ballroom. The beneficiary of the event is the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health.


2015 Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities for 2015 are available by contacting Angela Knapp at 806.356.4617 or angela.knapp@ttuhsc.edu

Chanel - $25,000 and above

Amarillo National Bank




Louis Vuitton - $10,000 & above

Josephine Anderson Charitable Trust
Dr. Kent Roberts and Ilene Roberts Ballet Foundation
High Plains Christian Ministries Foundation



Prada - $5,000 & above

Mrs. Kathy Brown and Mrs. Kelly Roberts
Mrs. Jan Baca
Waite and Genevieve Phillips Foundation
Mrs. Pat Chandler
Mrs. Genevieve Caldwell
Dr. J. Avery Rush, M.D. and Mrs. Dana Cavazos-Rush
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
The Secret Place
Mrs. Pat Chandler
Mrs. Laurie McWeeney
Sidwell Oil and Gas, Inc. 



Tory Burch - $2,500 & above

ASCO Associated Supply Company, Inc.
Baptist St. Anthony Health System 
Cardiology Center
Family Medicine Centers, L.P.
Happy State Bank
Mr. and Mrs. Wales and Nita Madden III
PAC Production Company
Mrs. Helen Piehl
Ed and Margaret Roberts Foundation
Street Toyota
Texas Oncology
United Supermarkets



Coach- $1,500 & above

Amarillo Area Foundation
Amarillo Economic Development Corporation
Amarillo Independent School District
Amarillo Republican Women
Amarillo Vision Specialists
Bella Luna Day Spa
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew and Wendy Bivins
Caroline Smith and Sharon Bradley
Mr. and Mrs. John and Jennifer Buckthal
Mr. and Mrs. Al and Cindy Cunningham
Mrs. Mary Kay Dammier
Mr. and Mrs. John and Kathy Dryden
Dr. Wesley J Anderson, O.D.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed and Shirley Fancher
FirstBank Southwest
First Capital Bank 
First United Bank
Mr. and Mrs. William and Anita Hamker
Mrs. Jane Juett
Mr. and Mrs. Ken and Jennifer Kelley
Mrs. Lorene Lacer
Mays Foundation
Amy-Beth Morrison and Sherry Morrison
Northwest Texas Healthcare System
Mr. and Mrs. Jay and Susie O’Brien
Gene and Lousie Rahll Foundation
Mrs. Robyn Rhodes
Mr. and Mrs. Don and Gaynelle Riffe
Mrs. Kelli Seliger
Mr. and Mrs. John and Sally Skaggs
Mrs. Laura Street
Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Cindy Terk
Toot’n Totum
TTUHSC - Development
TTUHSC - Internal Medicine
TTUHSC - Office of the President
Mr. and Mrs. Perry and Nancy Williams
Julie Culver and Velrick Wilson
Xcel Energy
Yellowhouse Machinery Co.

2015 Keynote Speaker: Lauren Bush Lauren

Lauren Bush Lauren is the Founder and CEO of FEED. In 2004, Lauren became the Honorary Student Spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme. In that role, she traveled to various countries and learned about the issues of hunger and poverty firsthand. Coming back to America, Lauren was inspired to create a consumer product that would engage people in the seemingly overwhelming fight to end world hunger. In 2005, she conceptualized the idea for FEED by designing the initial FEED 1 bag which, when purchased, feeds one child in school for one year.

Lauren is also the Chairman of the Board of the FEED Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world.

For her work with FEED, Lauren was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009 and one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2010. She has also received the 2010 Accessories Council Humanitarian Award, the 2011 Stevie Award for Best Non-Profit Executive, the 2011 Fashion Group International Humanitarian Award and the 2013 Women in Communications Award (WiCi).

Lauren also routinely speaks at global conferences that focus on business, philanthropy and the issues of hunger and poverty. Examples include Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, Forbes Women, Women in the World, Atlantic Ideas, Aspen Ideas, Women in Entrepreneurship and Politico, Google and Tory Burch’s Women Rule.

Lauren was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and certificate in Photography. She now resides in New York City, where she works on FEED and other socially conscious ventures.

2015 Event Committee


Farrar Mansfield
Susan Teeple


Karie Crowley
Dyann Folkner

Physical Arrangments

Toni Knapp
Julie Phillips Puckett


Melody Alexander
Sharon Bradley
Laresa Chesley
Jane Juett
Lorene Lacer
Caroline Smith
Shauna Thornhill

Purse Auction

Bernadette DeBrango-Sanders
Susan Kibbey
Peggy McGuire
Katie Oppligers

VIP Reception

Banna Duncan
Julie Mitchell
Nancy Williams
Lea Wright
Courtney Vanderham


Mrs. Becky McKinley


Wendy Bivins
Sarah Jean Myers
Kelly Whittenburg


Kelly Caviness
Karen Isern
Mandy Melendez


Kathy Sheldon
Robyn Rhodes


Mary Croyle
Carley du Menil
Angela Knapp Eggers
Donna Fansler
Julia Greif 
Marley Hoggatt
Jaclyn Inkhamheng
Marjorie Jenkins
Anna McVey
Jesse Melson
Justin Patterson
Kristen Tucker
Bailey Wise

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Cardiology Center of Amarillo LLP Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas San Angelo Community Medical Center TTUHSC Amarillo Breast Center of Excellence Angelo State University