The NACF Women Givers Fund, a giving circle established by women seeking to improve and support the programs and services to benefit local needs of women and children, participated in the recent annual awards program hosted by the Northern Albemarle Community Foundation.

            Judy Abbott, president of this group, announced the grantees:

            Food Bank of the Albemarle received a grant of $500 to continue and expand the local Food Sourcing Program with area farmers and retailers to benefit local pantries. Executive Director Liz Reasoner accepted the award.

            Albemarle Hopeline was awarded a grant of $1,100 to continue the program to benefit women who have been abused as they seek skills and services to help them return to a healthy and productive life. Patricia Youngblood, executivedDirector, accepted the grant.

            Girls Inc. received a grant of $1,100 to continue to provide the program for young girls, Healthy Living. Denise Rodgers, executive director, was assisted by several girls in accepting the award.

            Abbott introduced the final award with some historical perspective. “For the pasfive years, the Women Givers have held a fundraising event often sponsored to benefit women and children all across the country called the “Power of the Purse.”  This local event has been well-attended and often sold out and has provided a source of funds to increase our grant funds awarded each year," she said. This year’s winner of the ‘Power of the Purse’ award was Kids First and Rhonda Morris, executive director, accepted the plaque and grant in the amount of $1,000.  The plaque acknowledges previous award winners, Albemarle Hopeline and Girls Inc.

            Judy asked everyone to save the date of Nov. 7 for the next event to be held again at Christ Episcopal Church. Tickets will be sold beginning in October. She also invited women to join this group by making an annual member contribution that is pooled together to create the funds that the group votes to award each year.

            The NACF Woman Givers Fund is a component fund administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation, and donations are welcome at any time of the year and especially to honor and in memory of outstanding women from the community.

Contributions can be made online.

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