Casino-themed gala raises funds for Carmel nonprofit supporting women


Purposeful Living held its sixth annual fundraising gala Jan. 27 at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel. The nonprofit helps women find a supporting and loving community, according to the organization.

Purposeful Living founder Nadine McGowan spoke at the event about her travels to Africa and her inspiration to launch the organization.

“Purposeful Living exists to inspire and transform the modern woman, the woman who looks like she has it all together but behind closed doors, she’s hurting, searching or lonely,” McGowan said.

According to Brianna Downs, Purposeful Living social media and community engagement coordinator, the gala is the nonprofit’s biggest event of the year. The fundraiser, which raised more than $83,000, had a casino night theme that offered several games, giving guests the opportunity to win prizes.

“I think it’s the best event we’ve had,” Downs said. “I see these women all of the time and this is the one event where we all come together, bring our husbands and celebrate everything.”