Women's Giving Circle Awards $6,000 at Annual Banquet
June 23, 2015 - The Fulton County Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) selected the winners at their annual gathering banquet held at the Akron Community Center. A total of $6,000 was awarded to five local charitable organizations.
Judy Climie, Giving Circle chairwoman, welcomed attendees and thanked all for making the event and grants possible.
A report was given by Karen Camp Drone, on a 2014 WGC grant that brought a vocal group from Russia to the community. Karen shared how LYRA, a classically trained acapella vocal group from St. Petersburg, Russia, performed the music of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as other Russian folk songs. IMPACT!, a cooperative of area churches was awarded the grant for the program.
The evening’s main event was the voting for recipients of WGC grants. Jennie Smith, chairman of the WGC grants committee, spoke about the process of selecting the finalists for the grants. The committee received eleven applications. Out of these, five projects were selected to be placed on the ballot. “All applications were scored, discussed and given serious consideration”, explain Smith.
The five finalists gave a brief overview of their project and organization. Following these presentations, WGC members voted for their favorites, the results of which were used to determine the amount of each organization’s grant.
Grant receipts in order of top grant dollars received were: $2,000 to the Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, for a well and septic system for their next project in Richland Township; $1,250 for both the Psi Iota Xi, Eta Mu Chapter for their BOOKS program, and The Salvation Army for the Fulton County Emergency Assistance Program; $750 each for The Kewanna-Union Township Public Library for special programs, and the Rochester Girls Softball to purchase picnic tables for their new pavilion areas.
Musical entertainment for the evening was provided by “Return To Normal”, a wife and husband team of Corinne Becknell Lucas and Marty Lucas, who performed original compositions and traditional American songs in the new folk and singer/songwriter style. They offered a portion of sales of their two CDs to benefit the WGC. Sales produced $70 for the WGC permanent endowment fund.
Formed in 2010, the WGC draws upon the wisdom and resources of Fulton County women to create a better community through charitable giving. Since inception, $29,000 has been given in grants to local projects and organizations.
Members contribute $120 annually, half of which is used for current community needs. The other half is added to an endowment fund within the Community Foundation, from which earnings are used to make additional grants within the community.
For more information, contact Judy Climie at 223-7119 or the Community Foundation at 224-3223. .
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