02 Jan SWFLCF hosts Women’s Legacy Fund Fall Luncheon
More than 140 attendees convened on Colonial Country Club on Friday, Oct. 19 for the Women’s Legacy Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s annual fall luncheon for contributors to the fund and women interested in making a difference in their community.
Habitat for Humanity’s President and CEO Kitty Green was the luncheon’s keynote speaker discussing Habitat’s Women Build project. Women Build encourages women to make a difference by building or rehabbing homes and helping Habitat with its home-building mission. Habitat’s local efforts are part of an international movement in which more than 1,900 homes have been built or rehabbed by women crews in the United States, dozens more in countries around the world. The non-profit organization helps hard working families earn their own homes through sweat equity and affordable monthly mortgage payments due to Habitat’s no-profit, no-interest model.
The luncheon also included an update on the WLF’s funding for children experiencing homelessness in our community. This issue was selected by the Fund’s contributors to be the area of focus for the year. A check in the amount of $17,500 collected from WLF contributors was presented to The Children’s Home Society and The United Way for the Bridges program. The Bridges program helps struggling and homeless families in Lee County. The program works to help families find affordable housing and work with them so they can find stability while connecting them with other local services that help overcome obstacles from employment to addictions. The program works closely with the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, which is in partnership with the Lee County School District.
The newest WLF Angels, Cello Bennett and Kitty Green, were also announced during the event. The Angel honorary designation is for mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, grandchildren, friends and other loved ones, either living or deceased, who have had a special impact on the lives of those around them. WLF members can make the special women in their lives a WLF Angel with a minimum contribution of $1,000 in their name.
In just five years of existence, the WLF has been able to provide nearly $60,000 in grants to benefit people and communities in Southwest Florida. Additionally, the Fund has more than $219,000 in endowed funds that will help fund local issues now and in the future.
The WLF is a fund of the SWFLCF, created to inspire, educate and empower women in Southwest Florida and to provide them the opportunity direct their giving in focused, strategic ways. The WLF’s mission is to engage women in effecting change in our community through collective philanthropy.
The SWFLCF is celebrating its 36th year of supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $64 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $52 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2012 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $3 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts and human services.
The event was open to the public. For more information, visit the Community Foundation’s website at www.floridacommunity.com or call 239-274-5900.
Contact: Melinda Isley, APR, m.creativepr, 239-274-7736, [email protected]