100 Women campaign gives back
SEAN CHASE/DAILY OBSERVER The Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation presented cheque donations totalling $5,000 from their annual "100 Women" Campaign to three recipients who have made outstanding contributions to the community. In the photo (left to right) are Laurie Johnson, with Elevate - Krista Johnson Foundation, Raina Flexhaug, representing Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, 100 Women Campaign chairwoman Dr. Elizabeth Radley-Walters, and Bev Ritza, representing Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County.
The Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation has presented grants to three worthy organizations that have gone a long way to making a difference in people's lives.
For the second year in a row, the 100 Women Campaign raised $10,000 which will be distributed to organizations in the region that further causes specific to women.
During a special ceremony Tuesday evening at the Miramichi Lodge, $5,000 in grant donations were given to Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, which received $750, Elevate – Krista Johnson Foundation, which was given $750, and Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County, the recipient of a $3,500 grant.
The basis for the campaign is to get 100 women to kick in $100 each. The $10,000 raised is divided up with $5,000 directed immediately to those agencies serving the community's needs. The remaining money is invested in an endowment fund that will eventually go to other programs that benefit women.
“This year's granting process would not be possible without the help of 100 generous women from across our district who have donated 100 dollars each to support local women and women's initiatives,” said campaign chairwoman Dr. Elizabeth Radley-Walters. “100 women donating $100 dollars can make a big impact on women in our community.”
Established in 2008, the Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation benefits the community by providing funds to charities, local groups and organizations. It assists donors, especially estates, in meeting the request of giving back to the community by directing funds to the areas in greatest need. It is one of 190 community foundations in Canada. The foundation oversees several types of funds including a community fund, designated funds, field of interest funds, charitable organization endowment funds and scholarship funds.
“Charitable giving in philanthropy have become necessary in this country and across the world to help fill the gaps where governments are no longer and unable to assist,” said Matt Bradley, chairman of the foundation's board of directors. “People need to get involved. People need to give back and people need to make things happen in their communities. The Community Foundation is a vehicle to that end.”
The 100 Women Committee was made up of Dr. Elizabeth Radley-Walters, Corry Chow, Katrina Traikov, Alison Radley-Walters, Lisa Bradley, Linda Mohns, Vicki Bradfield and Pauline Wilson.