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The Women’s Fund Celebrates Grant Recipients and Sets a New Attendance Record!
On October 18, three hundred women from across Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 10th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. As our 10th anniversary, this was also a thank you celebration to all of our generous donors, volunteers and business sponsors for 10 years of philanthropy and empowering women and girls.
The Luncheon honored twelve Essex County agencies, grant recipients under this year’s funding focus of “Economic Self-Sufficiency and Security.” The 2012 grant recipients are: Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Citizens for Adequate Housing, COMPASS for Kids, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill, Girls Inc. of Lynn, HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change), Healthy Directions, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center/ Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area, Wellspring House, YMCA of the North Shore and YWCA of Greater Lawrence.
Guest speakers from Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) shared heartfelt descriptions of the critical work of their senior battered women’s program and the valuable impact of The Women’s Fund grant. As a special thank you to our donors and supports, the Luncheon also featured entertainment by Essex County resident Miranda Russell, a dynamic singer whose interpretations of the great popular songs of our day have earned her praise throughout the region and in Europe. As a surprise to our guests, we were also charmed by the talented young voices of six young women from the North Shore YMCA Theatre Company. It was a powerful combination of strong and supportive women!
The Women’s Fund extends special thanks to our generous Luncheon business sponsors: Anthony & Dodge, PC, Certified Public Accountants; Barry O'Brien, North Shore Communications Groups, Inc.; Beverly Hospital; Brookwood School; Glovsky & Glovsky LLC.; Oakmont Partners, LLC., Personal Wealth Management; and Shore Country Day School.
Proceeds from this Luncheon and our Annual Appeal will go towards grants this spring in the field of Leadership & Empowerment.
Massachusetts Kicks Off Women’s Advocacy Day –
The Women’s Fund of Essex County Data Cited
The Massachusetts’ Commission on the Status of Women kicked off their first annual Women’s Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House, June 13, 2012. Members of The Women’s Fund of Essex County were invited to join an audience of close to 100 attendees including commissioners, legislators, and non-profit agency representatives. In her comments, Patricia Fae Ho, Chair of the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women (ECCSW), presented highlights from The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s research report entitled “The Need is Real” and shared learnings from ECCSW’s discussions with many Essex County non-profit agencies. READ MORE
Paula Shorts, The Women’s Fund President, Honored
Thursday, April 5, Paula Shorts and Jackie Jenkins- Scott, President at Wheelock College, were honored “for their efforts and commitment to empower women in health care, education, and career development” at the inaugural Women for Lynn Community Health Center Recognition Breakfast.
In her introduction, Magnolia Contreras, Event Co-Chair, observed that Paula Shorts “looked into the heart of an organization” to determine how funding might make a singular impact to that program’s mission.
Thanking Lynn Community Health Center for the honor, Paula spoke to the work of The Women’s Fund and the synergy of mission with Lynn Community Health Center. “It is our primary focus to do everything we can to further the missions of these organizations to give women and girls access to the tools they need, the services they deserve to make healthy choices, to stay drug free, to escape a violent relationship, return to school, learn a language that will open doors to a better future, to share confidently in a self-help group and above all, survive with pride.
The Women’s Fund is a vehicle to empowering women and girls. When a woman becomes empowered, when daughters are similarly given opportunities to thrive, the entire family dynamic can change. Families strengthen, communities bond, cities collaborate, states set effective policy, and entire countries can affect social change worldwide.”
Guest speakers for the breakfast included Martha Coakley, Congressman John Tierney, and Lori Abrams Berry, Lynn Community Health Center’s Executive Director. These speakers attested to the important work performed by the Lynn Community Health Center, whose vision is “a community in which every woman has access to comprehensive health care, ensuring that poor health is never again a barrier to success in school, the workplace, or as a productive member of the community.” The Women’s Fund has provided grant support for their Latina Health and support group for victims of domestic violence. Read Paula’s Remarks
THE WOMEN'S FUND WAS AWARDED THE INAUGURAL
CAROLINE O. EMMERTON
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND PHILANTHROPY AWARD
September 19, 2010
Presented by the Trustees of the House of Seven Gables, Salem, Massachusetts