Women's Giving Network of Wake County awards $89,000 in local grants at 12th annual Impact Luncheon

More than 100 Women's Giving Network of Wake County members and community leaders gathered for the 12th annual Impact Luncheon at the NC State Park Alumni Center.

The members of the Women's Giving Network of Wake County recently announced $89,000 in local grant awards at the 12th annual Impact Luncheon.

This year the board granted:

  • $34,000 to the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh for the Support Circle Program
  • $10,000 to Kiran, Inc. for the Kiran Empowerment Project
  • $45,000 to The Hope Center at Pullen for strengthening the safety net for young people aging out of foster care in Wake County

Members of the Women's Giving Network of Wake County gather for a photo at the 12th annual Impact Luncheon after celebrating $89,000 in local grant awards to nonprofit programs serving women and children.

The 12th annual Impact Luncheon was sponsored by Bank of America and Walter Magazine. WRAL’s Debra Morgan served as emcee, and First Lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper was a special guest.

“We were so pleased to be joined by more than 100 WGN members and community leaders for our 12th annual Impact Luncheon,” said Laurie Hughes, president. “It was a wonderful time celebrating our nonprofit grantees and coming together to support collective giving.”

WRAL’s Debra Morgan speaks at the 12th annual Women's Giving Network of Wake County Impact Luncheon, congratulating WGN members on the good their giving has done in the community.

Hughes also thanked the community for its support of the Women's Giving Network of Wake County. “Thanks to the generosity of our members and sponsors, we were able to launch a Junior Member program this year,” she said. “We’re proud that this special program encourages women under the age of 40 to join WGN at a reduced rate.”

Hayden Constance, president elect, thanked WGN’s grantees for their critical community work. “We are grateful to every one of our grant applicants and recognize that it was a difficult selection process since we had many well deserving applications,” she said. “WGN is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of women and children of Wake County through these essential and enhancing programs.”

First Lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper, special guest at the 12th annual Women's Giving Network of Wake County Impact Luncheon, mingles and poses for photos with WGN members and community leaders.

See more photos from the luncheon in our slideshow here.