From Special Reports

The Coweta Community Foundation has announced that Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will be the speaker for its Fourth Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at The Newnan Centre, 1515 Lower Fayetteville Rd., Newnan. The event will also include the announcement of the 2018 Woman of the Year and a live auction of dozens of designer purses.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was elected as the 69th Mayor of Columbus, Georgia on November 30, 2010 with 68 percent of the vote. On January 3, 2011, she was sworn in as the city’s first female mayor. On May 20, 2014 she was reelected to a second term with 63 percent of the vote, making her the first mayor since the city’s consolidation in 1971 to win reelection in a contested race. She has six times been named to Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians, and she holds a National Security Secret Clearance with the Department of Defense. In 2015, Mayor Tomlinson, together with other alumnae, led the effort to save her undergraduate alma mater, Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Today, the college thrives, and Mayor Tomlinson serves as chairwoman of the college’s board of directors.

Mayor Tomlinson moved to Columbus in 1994 from Atlanta and married Wade H. (Trip) Tomlinson, who was raised in Columbus. For 16 years she practiced with the law firm of Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison and Norwood, LLC, where she specialized in complex litigation and was the firm’s first female partner. She served from 2006-2010 as executive director of MidTown, Inc., a nonprofit community renewal organization. Mayor Tomlinson is a 1983 graduate of Chamblee High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was inducted into the Chamblee High School Hall of Fame in 2015; a 1987 graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where she was a 2011 Distinguished Alumnae; and a 1991 graduate of Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.

The Power of the Purse is being used to support 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 this event, and there will be a Silent Auction of purses and jewelry as well. All proceeds from the event after expenses will be contributed 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 begins at noon and runs to 1 p.m. Seating for this event is limited, so those wishing to attend are advised to purchase tickets early. Individual tickets start at $75 each and may be ordered by calling 770-253-1833 or by visiting cowetafoundation.org and clicking on the “Events” tab.