Cary Women’s Giving Network 2014 Grant Awards

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And the Winners Are…Cary Women’s Giving Network Announces Their 2014 Grant Awards Recipients

Earlier this week I attended the Cary Women’s Giving Network Grant Awards Luncheon at the Matthew’s House in downtown Cary.

Gail, Beth, Jennifer and Sheila of the Cary Women's Giving Network

Gail, Beth, Jennifer and Sheila of the Cary Women’s Giving Network

  The Cary Women’s Giving Network is under the Cary Community Foundation (part of the North Carolina Community Foundation) and is made up of women of all ages, backgrounds, careers and life experiences in the Cary area.  The main focus is to bring together resources to those in need in our community.  The Cary Women’s Giving Network was formed in 2011 and provides grants to nonprofits serving Cary, under the direction of its full membership.  I have been involved with this group for about a year and really enjoy all of the women involved and love the mission! 

 

Gail with Becca

Gail with Becca

I was pleased to help serve this year on the 2014 Grants Committee, which was led by Sarah Perkins (Grants Chair).  We met back in early-April and had read through about 24 grant applications from local non-profits in the Cary/Wake County area.  During our meeting we discussed each application and narrowed them down to our top eight and then presented those eight to the CWGN membership for consideration/final selection.  It was such a tough process as all 24 groups had missions that they were very passionate about and serve very specific needs in our community.  We had a total of $17,000 to give in grant awards and selected FOUR finalists.  

 

2014 Grant Awards Winner

2014 Grant Awards Winner

The finalists as well as ALL of the applicants were invited to the Grant Awards Luncheon on Tuesday.  We had a delicious lunch (cheers to the chef at the Matthews House) and I enjoyed helping greet all of the ladies as they arrived.  Sheila Ogle (CWGN Co-Founder and owner of the Matthews House) started off the program with a welcome, she was followed Jennifer Robinson (also a CWGN Co-Founder and Cary Town Council) who introduced the two speakers. 

 

Heather and Judy of the CWGN

Heather and Judy of the CWGN

Senator Tamara Barringer, NC State Senate, District 17, gave a powerful talk on Foster Care and Children’s Advocacy in NC and included some of her very personal life stories.  Then Cary Councilwoman, Gale Adcock, spoke about Access to Health Care Across NC and gave some staggering statistics!   Both of these ladies were well-spoken and were very ‘real’ with the audience about what is happening in NC and how we can make changes together for the BETTER.  Sarah Perkins led the Presentation of the 2014 Grant Awards and each recipient was asked to share about their organization and how the funds would be used.  The four recipients were: Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, $5,000 (Providing weekend backpacks to 23 kids in a Cary School for a whole year!  Each backpack includes 6 meals for that weekend);

 

CWGN Luncheon

CWGN Luncheon

BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, $5,000 (Will provide ear molds for hearing aids for children under 5 years old); The Mariposa School for Children with Autism, $5,000 (will provide a new observation room for parents); and CASA (Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes), $2,000, (Will provide funding for local Cary citizens who are in housing crisis).  It was wonderful to hear from each recipient and they were all so grateful for the gifts from the Women’s Giving Network of Cary. 

 

Luncheon to Select the Grant Finalist

Luncheon to Select the Grant Finalist

I want to say thank you to Katie Crumpler, Regional Associate for the NC Community Foundation for all of her support and guidance to the WGNC.  What a wonderful luncheon and thank you to the Matthews House for hosting (a client of Smith & Smith, CPA).   Thank you also to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary (and downtown Apex) for dressing me in the Kate Spade Striped Blaise Dress!  It was perfect for the event and the gold buttons down the back added a bit of a surprise to the dress!   MGC has a TON of great spring and summer dresses!  Stop by and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% of your total purchase! 

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