April 2022
The Women’s Fund of Door County builds, enriches, and nurtures the lives of women and girls through collective wisdom and philanthropy.
Tales of Our Lives
The Women’s Fund is thrilled to again share in person Tales of Our Lives: A Story Slam. Tales of our Lives is empowerment through performance. This is not a storytelling event for children. Storytelling is a way we weave a common thread through our community, how we learn to relate to one another.  We are excited to introduce you to this year’s Story Slammers: Priscilla Dias Hill, Sara Krouse, Jim Pionkoski, Nancy Rafal, and Jamie Sheehy. We cannot wait for you to hear their stories!

Jess Holland and Dorothy Scott will again provide music. Join us at our new host location, Kitchen Barons (23 W. Oak St, Sturgeon Bay), for a wonderful evening of stories. The shows will be on April 28th and 29th, social hour at 6 pm with the show beginning at 7 pm. This year we offer something new, an appetizer buffet (in place of the dessert bar) included in your ticket price. Tickets will be $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

2021 Invest Dream Achieve Report
The Women’s Fund of Door County grants approximately $100,000 every year through two types of grants. First, we distribute sustainability grants to local charities that improve the quality of life for Door County women, girls, and their families. Second, we award a $200,000 Community Collaborative Grant (CCG) every three years to creatively and proactively address systemic change. Due to the success of Invest Dream Achieve (IDA), our first-ever CCG, we made another three-year commitment to collaborate with NWTC on IDA. The 2021 report shows continued success for women, their families, employers, and the community.

In 2021, 20 students were served with five graduates earning the following degrees: Practical Nursing, Nursing Associate, Accounting, Business Management, and Administrative Professional.

Student highlights:
  • The average cumulative GPA of all students was 3.45
  • Students saved $5,433
  • They earned additional savings matches of $2,140
  • Earned student stipends were $6,050
“I would love to show other women…that we can go after our dreams and be better off for it. I want to be an even better role model for my kids as well. I know that hard work pays off and staying busy has its rewards. Even though it might be hard (kids are 6 and 3), I know I can accomplish my goals by asking for help when I need it and doing my best. I’m excited for this opportunity to go back to school and ready to see where my next steps lead me.”
– Current IDA student and stay at home mom  
Welcome New Board Members
Cameryn Ehlers Kwaterski
Cameryn grew up in Door County, recently returning to serve as the Executive Director at Destination Sturgeon Bay. She is passionate about all things Door County and is excited about the Women's Fund. Her background in tourism is beneficial as she is often planning and running events as well as sending marketing communications out to members. She grew up in Sturgeon Bay, attended St. Peter & Paul, and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School. She attended college at UW Madison where she majored in Political Science and International Studies. She joined Teach for America after graduation and taught math in South Carolina. She and her husband moved back to Wisconsin in 2016 where she continued to teach middle school math - until she shifted gears and took on the Executive Director role for the new Visit Rome tourism department. They welcomed a baby girl this past May named Lucy and are so excited to have moved back to Sturgeon Bay to raise her around their families.
Suzie Wilkinson
Suzie was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. After earning her BA in history and teaching certificate from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She and her husband Tom settled in South Bend where they started a family. While raising three children, she volunteered extensively in her community and ran a catering business.

Her husband’s job change brought the family to Wisconsin. Again, Suzie gravitated to community service roles. She owned and operated Photo Express/Express Portraits and Middleton Cycle and Fitness. Tom and Suzie discovered Door County in 1993 and recently purchased a home here. They spend part of the year in Florida, as well. Suzie continues to delve in to community issues wherever she lives. Currently, her community involvement includes PEO Chapter EE and 100+ Women Who Care. She is anxious to learn more about Door County’s needs and how she can serve.  
Save the Date
Tales of Our Lives: A Story Slam
April 28 - 29, 2022 at Kitchen Barons, Sturgeon Bay

Celebrate Women Luncheon
 August 3, 2022 at Stone Harbor, Sturgeon Bay
Keynote speaker: Justice Jeanne Geske
Restorative Justice…The Path to Healing and Forgiving

September 17, 2022 at Rehberger's Hidden Acres, Sister Bay

Fall Sustainability Grant Applications Due
September 19, 2022

For more information about the Women’s Fund or to donate,
Women's Fund of Door County
The Women's Fund of Door County is a component fund of the
Door County Community Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity.