Fund for Women Newsletter, August 2021 Edition
Grant Live Event - June 8th
In early June we hosted a live announcement of our 2021 grant recipients! Special thank you to our featured speaker First Lady and Honorary Board Member, Tracey Quillen Carney. We also heard from Ali’Shah Watson and members of her team at the Cultural Restoration Project, Inc. A 2021 grant recipient, the FFW grant will fund an all-girls Poetry, Prose, and Power empowerment program for teen girls this summer. Watch this short film of last year’s talented program. Visit the Fund for Women webpage to learn more about 2021 grant recipients and to watch a recording from the webinar. 
Collaborative Grant Update:
$25,000 to Delaware Girls Circles
The Fund for Women recently released the third payment of $25,000 to Delaware Girls Circles (DGC). DGC is a private, not-for-profit collaboration funded by the FFW, whose purpose is to provide assistance and support to high school girls (grades 9-12) and their adult caregivers, resulting in increased and on-time high school graduation rates. Begun in 2018 as a special collaboration in honor of its 25th anniversary, DGC has been awarded $75,000 in grants from the FFW over the past three years. Read the full press release here.
Changing of the Guards: Farewell & Welcome!
In early July the FFW hosted the “changing of the guards” and wished a fond farewell to several of our dedicated board members ending their term. Thank you for your contribution and service. The Board welcomed Melissa Micek, Jennifer Vitak, Jenn Sonson, and Monica Shockley-Porter to their new roles. They also announced the transition of Kathy Kiernan and Cynthia Carter-Wedgewood to new Board Roles as Advancement and Governance Chair (respectively). View more about our dynamic leadership team here
Pure Barre Event Recap – June 26, 2021
We had a fantastic turnout for our first collaborative event with Pure Barre of Greenville. With 45 attendees we raised just under $600 for the Fund for Women thanks to donations and a generous raffle from Olivia Loncki, the owner of Pure Barre in Greenville, DE. Welcome to our new founders from this event, Susan Jean & Kia Anderson! We are so happy to have you. 
Join Us in Welcoming Our Newest Fund for Women Founders
Kia Anderson
Sarah Baker Andrus
Amanda Fales
Meredith Jarrell
Susan Jean
Jane R. Kauffmanm
Krista Kondravy
Elizabeth McCrea
Verna McCream
Amanda McCrea
Robert Mullenm
Kelly Paustian
Sarah Stowens
Francesca Vogel
Harvest Moon Wine and Cheese Tasting Event
Join the Sussex County Development Committee for a cheese and wine tasting at Salted Vines Vineyard in Frankford, DE. Tickets are $40 per person and include tastings with cheese and chocolate pairings, a tour of the winery, and a complimentary glass. A raffle will be held for a door prize basket. 

Wednesday, October 6 • 5-7 PM
Please invite a friend to join us.
$40 pp (advance registration only)
Registration closes October 1st.

Please be mindful that all current state and facility guidelines will be followed at this event.
No walk-in attendees can be accepted.
Event Questions, please email Kelly Sheridan
Pumpkin Paint Night Event
Fund for Women will be hosting a Pumpkin Paint Night hosted by the New Castle County Development and Young Founder Committees with Christine Burke, Christine's ArtWorld. The event will be held at the Judge Morris Estate, 76 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711. 

Thursday, October 14 • 5-7 PM
Please invite a friend to join us.
$35 pp includes paint supplies, light fare, and refreshments
You bring your pumpkin, (real or fake) any size you like! No art skills are necessary! Please register in advance.

Please be mindful that all current state and facility guidelines will be followed at this event.
No walk-in attendees can be accepted.

Event Questions, please email Jen Vitak
Fall First Founders Breakfast
You're invited to attend the First Founders Breakfast where we will recognize and award Cheryl Mitchell with the Fund for Women 2021 First Founder Award for her Integrity, Community Leadership, and Commitment to Delaware Philanthropy. We will also recognize Ginger Weiss who received the Fund for Women Driving Force Award this spring.

Wednesday, October 20 • Doors open at 7:30 AM,
Program and Breakfast begin promptly at 8 AM.
This year's event will be at a new venue: Riverfront Events
(connected to Hyatt Place),760 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801. No walk-ins can be accepted.

There is a room block at the Hyatt Place for anyone who would like to stay over in Wilmington the night before - information can be found on the Event Page of the FFW website.
For Questions, please email
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