Women & Girls Fund Hosts Successful Golf Tournament

 

Susan Bohaker, Susie Wheeler, Sarah Jules, and Parker Jules claimed low net honors at the Women & Girls Fund’s 6th Annual Golf Tournament. The event was held at the Talbot Country Club on September 12. For Susie Wheeler, the nine-hole tournament was her first and she exclaimed, “I had no idea a golf tournament could be such fun!” The “scramble” tournament — where members of each team tee off, then hit from the location of the best of their four shots — finished off a day that included a series of clinics on rules, putting, pitching, chipping and long shots. In all, 64 women participated. “It was great to see so many novice and experienced golfers enjoying a wonderful day playing and learning together,” said Women & Girls Fund President Talli Oxnam. Other winners at the Women & Girls Fund golf tournament included Lisa Hancock, closest to the pin, and Susan Bohaker, longest drive. Alice Ryan, founder of the Fund established in 2002, said, “We were honored to have the backing of over 30 business and individual sponsors this year in support of women, girls, and families on the Mid-Shore. We are especially grateful for our Station sponsors: CBIZ, Pinney Associates, Wye Financial & Trust, Shore United Bank, Avon Dixon Insurance, Tred Avon Family Wealth, Miss Alice & Crew, and Sandi Vince.”

Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore 6th Annual Golf Clinic & 9-Hole Tournament participants show their support of the Talbot Goes Purple initiative at the September event. Photo Credit Karena Dixon Photography

Proceeds from the fundraiser support the Women & Girls Fund’s special programs and annual grants. For information about the Fund, visit www.womenandgirlsfund.org

Women & Girls Fund Grant Applications Due by November 1

The Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-­‐Shore, a field-­‐of-­‐interest endowment with the Mid-­‐Shore Community Foundation, is now accepting grant proposals from IRS-­‐designated non-­‐profit organizations for programs addressing the needs of women and girls throughout the five-­‐county region. Completed applications are due in the Fund’s office by November 1, 2017. Grant recipients will be announced at the Fund’s annual spring luncheon in April 2018.

This year, the Fund plans to focus on the opioid epidemic plaguing the Mid-­‐ Shore. Qualified organizations whose programs relate to substance abuse issues at every level as they affect women and girls are encouraged to apply for a grant.

Since its founding in 2002, the Women & Girls Fund has awarded more than $507,000 to 82 non-­‐profit organizations in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. The grant application and detailed guidelines are available at www.womenandgirlsfund.org. For information, call the office at 410-­‐770-­‐8347.

The Women & Girls Fund Golf Day on September 12

Women golfers—from beginners to veterans—are welcome to pick up tips, enjoy lunch and play in a 9-hole tournament at the Women & Girls Fund’s 6th Annual Golf Day at the Talbot Country Club on Tuesday, September 12.

The Women & Girls Fund will use the proceeds to support its annual grant-making efforts for the benefit of non-profit organizations whose programs serve women, girls, and families in the five Mid-Shore counties. Since 2003, the Fund’s grants have totaled $507,022 in support of programs at 82 local non-profit organizations.

Chesley Nonemaker, left, and Kari Rider.

“The Clinic and 9-hole tournament is a really fun way to support the Women & Girls Fund,” said Alice Ryan, Women & Girls Fund founder and event co-chair with board member Susie Dillon. “The golf day has turned into a wonderful event, thanks to the generosity of the golf pros who help improve the players’ games, the great field of women, and our great sponsors.”

During the morning clinics, Head Golf Professional Marc Kimminau and his assistant pros at Talbot Country Club will offer tips and techniques for putting, chipping, driving and getting out of sand traps. The clinics also include a popular session on the rules of the game.

“The rules clinic is an important part of the event,” said Talli Oxnam, Women & Girls Fund board president. “I’ve been amazed to learn rules beyond basic play that have really helped my game.”

After lunch, the women will break into foursomes for a 9-hole “scramble” where all players will hit from their foursome’s “best ball” position, from tee to green. That way, even novices have a chance to contribute to the team’s cumulative low score.

“Women love this event because it works as well for new golfers as it does for really good players,” said Beth Spurry, former Women & Girls Fund board president and avid golfer. “And the best part is that the sponsors and players all know they’re helping us improve lives for the Mid-Shore’s women and girls, and that means we’re building stronger communities. It’s the best win-win golf day I can imagine.”

The fee for the full day, including the clinic, luncheon, golf cart, and 9 holes of golf, is $150. The cost of lunch, a cart, and the 9-hole tournament is $100.

For further information and to sign up for the “Golf Day,” call 410-770-8347, e-mail info@womenandgirlsfund.org, or go to www.womenandgirlsfund.org.

Women & Girls Fund’s 15th Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon

Representatives from sixteen Mid-Shore non-profits will accept checks totaling $43,259 at the Women & Girls Fund’s 15th Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon on April 24. That will bring the Fund’s overall grant total to $507,021.51, awarded to 82 organizations whose programs benefit women and girls in one or more of the five Mid-Shore counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot.

The grants will go to 2 new applicants and 14 non-profits that have been awarded Women & Girls Fund grants at least once before.

New this year are Compass Regional Hospice and Rising Above Disease (RAD). Repeat recipients are Chesapeake College Foundation, Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, Destined to Rise, Echo Hill Outdoor Leadership School, For All Seasons, Horizons Kent and Queen Anne’s, Imagination Library of Talbot County, Ladies of Nia, Partners in Care, Rebuilding Together – Caroline County, Rebuilding Together – Kent County, Talbot Mentors, Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Awareness, and Tilghman Area Youth Association.

“The programs offered by our grant recipients address serious, wide-ranging needs facing women and girls, from the oldest to the youngest”, said Emily Lynn, board member and Grants Committee co-chair along with Beth Spurry and Susan Wilford. “From literacy and education to emergency services to social engagement and critical home repairs, they have the potential to make significant differences in our community and we are proud to be able to support their efforts.”

In addition to handing out grant checks at the luncheon, the Fund will present two annual awards. The “Women & Girls Fund Award” for 2017 will be presented to Ellen Rajacich of Easton. Since 1959, Mrs. Rajacich has been a tireless volunteer fitness instructor at the YMCA of the Chesapeake. Always with a smile on her face, she has taught several generations of women – and more than a few men – to get fit, whether on an exercise mat or in the swimming pool. Her dedication, integrity, compassion, and generosity of time and talent demonstrate her commitment to improving the lives and opportunities for women, girls, and families, the hallmark of this annual award.

Previous recipients of this award are the following women of distinction: the late Lois S. Duffey, Harriet S. Critchlow, Sandra W. King, Maria Boria, M.D., Sister Patricia Gamgort, OSB, Tracy Davenport, Sandra Redd, Sara Jane Davidson, The Hon. Karen Murphy Jensen, Kathleen Francis, Maureen Jacobs, Janet Pfeffer, Joy Price, Nancy Wilson, Mary Lou McAllister, Diana Mautz, and Kathy Weaver.

The 2017 recipient of the Sheryl V. Kerr Award is Cheryl Hughes of Hurlock, founder of “Saving Second Base”, an annual breast cancer fundraiser in Cambridge. With the intention of doing something to support friends with breast cancer diagnoses, Mrs. Hughes put her determination and long list of friends to work and created a hugely popular and successful fundraiser. Since 2011, the one-day event has raised more than $150,000 for local breast cancer-related agencies. Her efforts exemplify our mission – the “power of pooled resources” – in working together to improve the lives of women and children in our community.

Previous recipients of the Sheryl V. Kerr Award are Maria D’Arcy and Estela Ramirez.

“The Women & Girls Fund Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon brings together an extraordinary group of supporters and those we support through our grant programs. It celebrates the importance of improving the lives of women and girls every day on the MidShore. We are excited each year to showcase those organizations and community leaders that truly make a difference!,” said board president Talli Oxnam.

The Women & Girls Fund Spring Luncheon will be held on Monday, April 24, 11:30am, at The Milestone in Easton. Ticket price is $50 and the event is open to the public. Reservation deadline is April 14. For more information about the luncheon and the Women & Girls Fund, call 410-770-8347, email info@womenandgirlsfund.org or visit www.womenandgirlsfund.org.

Women & Girls Fund Seeks Nominations for Annual Award

The Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-­Shore has announced that nominations are being accepted through February 15th for the annual Women & Girls Fund Award. The award was established in 2004 to honor a community member from Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot or Dorchester counties, who has made outstanding professional or personal contributions towards addressing the needs of local women and girls.

The award will be presented at the Fund’s 15th Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon on April 24, 2017, at The Milestone in Easton. Candidates for this award should have demonstrated leadership, vision, integrity, compassion, cooperation and generosity of time and talent their efforts to improve the lives and opportunities of women and girls.

The Fund’s Award last year went to Kathy Weaver of Trappe, who has managed the Food Pantry at St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) for more than 15 years. According to Alex Handy, president of SVDP, “Kathy Weaver is the heart and soul of St. Vincent de Paul.”

Thanks in large part to Kathy’s dedicated leadership and volunteer spirit, the Food Pantry has grown from helping 20-30 families a week to 180 families – last year giving out 9,500 bags of food. In its expanded location on Canvasback Drive in Easton, SVDP, whose mission is to serve the needs of the poor, has also added a thrift shop and provides financial assistance to those in crisis.

The late Lois Duffy of Centreville and Chestertown was the recipient of the first award. In succeeding years, the Women & Girls Fund has honored: Harriet Critchlow; Sandra King; Dr. Maria Boria; Sister Patricia Gamgort, O.S.B.; Tracy Davenport; Sandra Redd; Sara Jane Davidson; The Hon. Karen Murphy Jensen; the 5 founders of For All Seasons Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center: Kathleen Francis, Maureen Jacobs, Janet Pfeffer, Joy Price, and Nancy Wilson; Mary Lou McAllister; and Diana Mautz.

Nomination forms are available for download from Women & Girls Fund Award website: www.womenandgirlsfund.org. For further information, call 410­‐770­‐8347.

November 1 Is Deadline for Women & Girls Fund Grant Applications

The Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore, a field-of-interest endowment with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, is now accepting grant proposals from IRS-designated non-profit organizations for programs addressing the needs of women and girls throughout the five-county region. Completed applications are due in the Fund office by November 1, 2016. Grant recipients will be announced at the Fund’s annual award and grants luncheon in April, 2017.

Since its founding in 2002, the Fund has awarded more than $450,000 to 77 non-profit organizations in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties.

In 2016, 13 grants were given for a wide variety programs such as: Chesapeake College’s Paralegal Studies program; Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers’ after school program, “Girls Also Like STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”; For All Seasons Behavioral Health & Rape Crisis Center’s Hispanic/Latino Parenting Groups; Habitat for Humanity Choptank’s “Women Build” program; and, Talbot County Extension Office’s “Annie’s Project”, the local branch of a national program designed to empower women in agriculture to network and learn about overall farm management.

Susan Wilford, a Women & Girls Fund board member who co-chairs the Grants Committee along with Emily Lynn and Beth Spurry, shared the committee’s purpose: “We are interested in receiving applications from organizations representing all five counties. No organization should be reluctant to apply. We give strong attention to specialized needs and innovative programs for which other funding sources might not exist. We are pleased to have helped a number of small projects get started and go on to be successful ongoing programs.”

To obtain a grant application or learn more about the Fund and its application process, please go to www.womenandgirlsfund.org. Applications may also be obtained by calling 410-770-8347 or e-mailing info@womenandgirlsfund.org.

Golf Clinic & Tournament to Benefit Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health

Women golfers—from beginners to veterans—are welcome to pick up tips, enjoy lunch, and play in a 9-hole tournament at the Women & Girls Fund’s 5th Annual Golf Day at the Talbot Country Club on Tuesday, September 13.

Ehlig“The clinic and 9-hole tournament are a really fun way to support the Women & Girls Fund,” said Alice Ryan, Women & Girls Fund founder and event co-chair with board member Emily Lynn. “We appreciate so much the generosity of the golf pros who help improve the players’ games. The golf day has turned into a wonderful event, with a great field of women and great sponsors.”

This year’s tournament proceeds will support the new state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health. The board’s year of focusing on breast health culminates on October 13th when New York Times best selling author Kelly Corrigan brings her message of “Heart, Humor, and Hope” to the Tidewater Inn for a program and luncheon about surviving breast cancer, raising children, and caring for aging parents.

During the morning clinics, Talbot Country Club golf professionals will offer tips and techniques for putting, chipping, and driving. Joan Heiss, a skilled golfer and rules expert, will lead a session on the rules of the game.

“The rules clinic is my favorite part of the event,” added Ryan, who is co-chairing the event with board member Emily Lynn. “It never ceases to amaze me how you think you know the rules after playing for so long, but in a fun and informative way, she lets you know that you don’t.”

After lunch, the women will break into foursomes for a 9-hole “scramble” where all players will hit from their foursome’s “best ball” position, from tee to green. That way, even novices have a chance to contribute to the team’s cumulative low score.

The fee for the full day, including the clinic, luncheon, golf cart, and 9 holes of golf, is $150. The cost of lunch, a cart, and the 9-hole tournament is $100.

To sign up for the “Golf Day,” call 410-770-8347, e-mail info@womenandgirlsfund.org, or go to www.womenandgirlsfund.org.

Women & Girls Fund Accepting Proposals for 2016 Awardees

The Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore, a field-of-interest endowment with the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, is now accepting grant proposals from IRS-designated non-profit organizations for programs addressing the needs of women and girls throughout the five-county region. Completed applications are due in the Fund’s office by November 2, 2015. Grant recipients will be announced at the Fund’s annual spring luncheon in April, 2016.

Since its founding in 2002, the Women & Girls Fund has awarded more than $418,000 to 70 non-profit organizations in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. The grant application and guidelines are available at www.womenandgirlsfund.org. For information, call the office at 410-770-8347.

The Ladies of Nia, Inc. received one of eleven grants awarded by the Women & Girls Fund in 2015 for the "Tomorrow's Hope Mentoring Program", which connects middle school students  in Caroline and Dorchester Counties with positive and professional role models.

The Ladies of Nia, Inc. received one of eleven grants awarded by the Women & Girls Fund in 2015 for the “Tomorrow’s Hope Mentoring Program”, which connects middle school students in Caroline and Dorchester Counties with positive and professional role models.

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Mid-Shore Women Raise Funds for Breast Health with Golf Clinic & Scramble

Women on the Mid-Shore are signing up fast for the Women & Girls Fund’s 4th Annual Golf Day with clinics in the morning and a tournament in the afternoon, at the Talbot Country Club on September 1st, 2015. The event is increasingly popular with golfers of all levels, who learn, mix, and mingle throughout the day.

The Women & Girls Fund was founded in 2002 to support non-profit organizations that seek to improve the quality of life of women and girls in the five counties on the Mid-Shore. The Fund has distributed grants totaling $418,355 to 70 organizations in the region since 2003.

Each year, event proceeds support the Women & Girls Fund’s special programs and grants. This year, a portion of the proceeds will support the purchase of equipment for the detection and treatment of breast disease at the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Center.

The CCBC is undergoing a major renovation that will make it possible for Eastern Shore residents to receive state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary treatment in one location.

“When we discovered that the Eastern Shore has a higher rate of breast cancer than any other region in Maryland, we made the commitment to step in to help,” said Alice Ryan, Women and Girls Fund’s founder. “Early detection saves lives.”

Golf Day will begin with morning clinics on putting, chipping, driving, and bunker shots given by Talbot Country Club’s Head PGA Golf Pro Marc Kimminau and three assistant golf professionals. Joan Heiss, a skilled golfer and rules expert, will lead a session on the rules of the game.

“The rules clinic is my favorite part of the event,” said Alice Ryan, who is co-chairing the event with board member Susie Dillon. “It never ceases to amaze me how you think you know the rules after playing for so long, but in a fun and informative way, she lets you know that you don’t.”

After lunch, the women will split into “foursomes” and play a 9-hole “scramble” tournament, where every golfer will play every shot, from tee to green, from her foursome’s “best ball” position.

Players of all levels, including beginners, are welcome. The fee for the event is $150 for the clinic, luncheon, golf cart and 9 holes of golf. For the luncheon and scramble tournament only, the cost is $100.

Sponsors for the Golf Clinic and Scramble will be recognized with signs on the course, banners at registration, and logos on luncheon tables. Sponsorships are available at the Par level ($150), Birdie level ($200), Eagle ($250) and Station level ($500).

Women can sign up by August 21st to play on their own or with a group by phoning 410-770-8347, emailing info@womenandgirlsfund.org, or signing up online at www.womenandgirlsfund.org.

Diana Mautz of St. Michaels 2015 Recipient of Women & Girls Fund Award

The Women & Girls Fund Award has been established to recognize and honor a community member who has made outstanding professional or personal contributions towards understanding and addressing the needs of women and girls in the Mid-Shore region.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 9.19.25 AMDiana Mautz of St. Michaels was chosen for her lifelong commitment to community service, innovation, and leadership. Of the many local charities she has assisted, she has given particular attention to the St. Michaels and Tilghman Volunteer Fire Departments. Known for her love of sailing, Mrs. Mautz developed successful junior sailing programs in Talbot County and held multiple positions as Program Director and Educator at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Tred Avon and Miles River Yacht Clubs, and served on the board of the US Junior Sailing Championships. Her junior sailing programs have helped many girls learn leadership and teamwork, while developing a respect for boating and the beautiful environment of the Chesapeake Bay. Please join us in honoring Diana Mautz and the other impressive organizations that will be receiving grants from the Women and Girls Fund in 2015.

The award will be presented at the Fund’s 13th Annual Grants Award Luncheon, Monday, April 27, 11:30am, at The Milestone in Easton. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 at www.womenandgirlsfund.org or Women & Girls Fund, 102 E. Dover St., 2nd floor, Easton, MD 21601. For further information, call 410-770-8347..

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