The Women’s Fund of Hancock County held its third annual fundraising event on Friday, August 24 at Blu Falls Art and Event Center. The event was attended by over 200 guests from Hancock County and the surrounding area. The evening’s guest speaker, TV journalist, author and motivational speaker, Anne Ryder enlightened the guests with personal stories along with her rare interview with Mother Teresa. Through the generosity of sponsors, volunteers, and guests the Women’s Fund event raised over $10,000, which will be used to provide grants for organizations addressing issues for women and families in the Hancock County area.
The Women’s Fund, a fund of the Hancock County Community Foundation, is a giving circle. Giving circles are a form of philanthropy consisting of groups of individuals who pool their resources to donate to their communities and seek to increase their awareness and engagement in the process of giving. It is a great opportunity for women and girls, beginning at age 16, to be involved in strengthening our community with an annual financial commitment to the fund in any amount meaningful to them. Annual membership gifts are split between an endowment to sustain the good work of the Women’s Fund and a grant fund that will be distributed each spring.
Pictured above right (left to right): Catherine “Kitty” Smock, POP Committee; Jill Scott, POP Committee Chairperson; Mary Anne Siurek, POP Committee; Anne Ryder, Keynote Spkear; Monica Price-Kowaleski, POP Committee; Becky McKinney, POP Committee