Women join together for cause
HUNTINGTON -- A group of local women are joining together to make a difference in the community.
About 15 women attended the first Power of 100 event Friday at the Renaissance Ballroom. Hosted by Power of the Purse, the goal of the event was to raise money for a deserving charity that benefits women and children.
"Women are a valuable resource and they understand issues that affect women and children so why not bring that together and do something influential," said Anne McGee, one of the organizers.
The concept of the event was to get 100 women or more willing to donate $100 to a deserving charity with the goal of presenting a $10,000 donation to a 501(c)(3) charity that benefits local women and children.
"The concept of Power of 100 really is appealing because it's so simple," McGee said. "So often when you volunteer or try to raise money for an organization, you feel like it would be so much easier to write a check. We could all do this individually from home, but there's some power in doing it as a group."
Although that goal of 100 was not met Friday, Power of the Purse president Kathy Hegg said she is hopeful the event will grow.
"I stole this idea from a group in Minneapolis, Minnesota," she said. "They started with a small group of about 30 and they're up to about 140-145 at their meetings now."
It works like this: the women nominate several different 501(c)(3) charities in Huntington that benefit women and children. The charities must have no political or religious affiliation or carry any controversy, Hegg said.
The nominated charities are written on a piece of paper and placed into a fish bowl. The women randomly choose three and hear brief presentations on them. They then vote for one, which they will surprise with a check in the near future.
While 15 women attended the first meeting, another 15 or so have committed to donating to the chosen charity, Hegg said.
So that charity will get at least $1,500 to go toward whatever they like.
"There's no restriction on how the charity can use the money," Hegg said. "If they need it to put a new roof on or pay the electric bill or they want to start a program, they can do that."
"Having been around a few nonprofit agencies, I know how nice it is to have money that's not tied to very specific things," McGee added.
Hegg said she plans to have the meetings to collect donations four times a year.
Power of 100 is part of Power of the Purse, a women's philanthropic group dedicated to improving the lives of women and children. Power of the Purse, an affinity group of United Way of the River Cities, has returned $50,000 to the community over the past three years.
For more information on getting involved, contact Kathy Hegg at 304-617-1018 or Anne McGee at 304-638-3024.
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