Women United, sponsored by United Way of Richland-Wilkin, is a new come-and-go social event for women starting Tuesday, Oct. 9, that will be held monthly.

The evening will be a chance for area women to get together and relax and socialize while helping out United Way.

Attendees are asked to make a $10 donation at the door, which makes them eligible for the door prize that night — a purse filled with $50 worth of treasures. Proceeds from the donations will go toward the purchase of food for the Weekend Food Backpack program to help feed hungry children in the community.

The backpack program supplies school-aged children with several meals to get them through the weekend. No part of the $10 donations will be used to fund expenses of the Women United event.

To attend the social, the group requests women RSVP to the United Way office by Monday (Oct. 8) morning, by calling 701-642-1250 or emailing uwrw@702com.net.

Diana Freese, one of the three organizers of the event, along with Juline Haugen and Collette Barton, said it’s a casual event, and women can come and go as their time allows.

Barton, said it’s a casual event, and women can come and go as their time allows.

“It’s open to the community, and we want anyone to feel welcome and involved,” she said. “There will be no speakers and no program. It’s a way to get together for a little social time and do something good for the community at the same time.”

The planning committee is looking for women to host future events and others to provide door prizes. The hostess for each event will provide the beverages and light appetizers, Freese said.

The first Women United after hours event is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 and will be held at Juline Haugen’s home, 1028 Valley St., Wahpeton. Light appetizers, wine, coffee and other beverages will be served.

Those who can’t attend the October event are invited to attend the Nov. 13 event planned at the home of Wanda Strege.

In joining the Women United socials, you can help show the Twin Towns the power of the purse, Freese said.

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