Power of the Purse

News Release


CONTACT:      Jessica Bagwell, Jessica.Bagwell@ttuhsc.edu

                          (806) 743-7610 


Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond will give the keynote address during the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health’s (LWBIWH) fifth annual Power of the Purse Luncheon and Purse Auction. The event is set for 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 at the Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. and will benefit the LWBIWH.


“I'm so excited to be heading to Amarillo to participate in Power of the Purse,” Drummond said. “The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health does amazing, inspiring work on behalf of women's health and I'm so honored to be included in this year's activities. I love Amarillo and can't wait to get there.”


Telling funny tales of hard work, good food and family life on the rural Oklahoma ranch where she lives with her husband and four children, Drummond has attracted millions of readers to her website, ThePioneerWoman.com. In addition to her top-rated cooking show on Food Network and multiple best-selling books, she has been named one of Forbes’ Top 25 Web Celebrities.


In “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays,” Drummond captures what holidays are really all about — cooking good food and sharing good times with family and friends. In her biggest cookbook yet, Drummond shares more than 140 delectable new and classic recipes, all presented alongside her trademark gorgeous, step-by-step photographs.

Drummond’s tried-and-true recipes rely on simple ingredients and are guaranteed to please family and friends. Drummond features major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but she also covers other fun and beloved celebrations, like The Big Game, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Cinco de Mayo.


Other books by Drummond include “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier,” “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl,” “The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels — A Love Story” and the “Charlie the Ranch Dog” series for children.

“Support in our community is paramount to our success and the fifth annual Power of the Purse provides a wonderful opportunity for the Amarillo area to enjoy a fabulous purse auction, amazing food and exceptional networking,” said Angela Knapp, interim director of the LWBIWH. “Everyone enjoys this luncheon and Ree Drummond will add so much to the event. The support of our donors and guests will assist us in making a difference for our research and education programs.”

Power of the Purse tickets are $100 per person. Drummond will have books available for purchase. Books purchased at the event may be signed by Drummond at no cost. Books previously purchased elsewhere may be personally signed for a $25 donation. Signed book stickers are available for $20. All proceeds from book sales and signatures benefit the LWBIWH. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Kim Woosley at (806) 356-4617 ext. 269 or email kim.woosley@ttuhsc.edu.

Because differences matter, the LWBIWH improves the lives of women and girls through research supporting scientific discoveries unique to women’s health and gender differences, education advancing the knowledge of health care professionals through evidence-based resources and outreach connecting with communities for healthier lives. For more information about the LWBIWH, call (806) 356-4617 or visit www.laurabushinstitute.org.


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