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BCI Hosting Virtual 'Ladies Night In'

(St. Peters, Mo., Nov. 25, 2020) Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) will hold Power of the Purse on Thurs., Dec. 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The virtual ‘Ladies Night In’ includes live celebrity makeup artist tips, holiday DIY cocktails, a silent designer purse auction, and an intimate conversation with Build-A-Bear founder Maxine Clark. All proceeds will benefit BCI’s programs and services that enrich the lives of adults with disabilities.

Maxine Clark is one of the true innovators in the retail industry. In 1997, she founded Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience. Today there are more than 400 stores worldwide with cumulative sales topping $5 billion. In 2013, Maxine stepped down from Build-A-Bear to apply her entrepreneurial skills to her passion for improving K-12 public education and encouraging and investing in women and minority entrepreneurs.

Two Power of the Purse ticket options are available: the $20 Clutch ticket includes virtual attendance, the ability to bid on select designer purses, and a raffle entry to win a specially selected designer bag. The $35 Tote ticket includes all items in the Clutch ticket along with a special swag bag sent directly to the buyer. Tickets are on sale through Dec. 3 at

BCI's Power of the Purse

About Boone Center, Inc. (BCI)

Founded in 1959, Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) enriches the lives of adults with disabilities by providing a wide selection of employment opportunities. The nonprofit’s Employment Continuum Model focuses on full employment combined with ongoing support for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Headquartered at 200 Trade Center Dr. W in St. Peters, Mo., BCI currently employs more than 250 adults with disabilities under its Organizational Program and serves dozens more with employment services, vocational training, and follow-along services under its Competitive Program at the BCI Skills Center. For more information, call (636) 978-4300 or visit

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