Since its establishment in 1968, it’s doubtful that Northwood Woman’s Club has ever had a more challenging year in providing funds for its beneficiaries. Still the ladies rallied to provide more than $229,000 for Bonton Farms, Dallas Life Foundation, Bryan’s House and Emily’s Place plus scholarships and other endowments. The presentation taking place on Thursday, June 25 at Venue Forty/50 was the swan song for NWC President Jan Folmar, who turned over the presidential gavel to Paula Austell. Here’s a report from the field:
Northwood Woman’s Club’s “Annual Give It Away” that usually takes place in May occurred on Thursday, June 25, at Venue Forty/50 (COVID-19 restrictions in effect). It was a special day for approximately 65 devoted members as the creative, can-do spirit lives within the women of NWC!
With a year of constant changes from loss of their longtime meeting place for the almost 200 attendee monthly meetings, cancellation of the annual major fundraiser, to the COVID-19 upheaval, they managed to raise the money needed to meet their beneficiary requests, plus extra dollars as stated below.
A total of $229,396 was contributed to four non-profit agencies and to NWC’s established scholarships at Communities Foundation of Texas and The University of Texas at Dallas. Because the fund-raising goal was exceeded, the well-deserving agencies were given funds beyond their original grant requests.
With NWC President Jan Folmar presiding over the day’s presentation, the following beneficiaries were announced with applause and the usual tears of joy for all the lives to be supported:
- Bonton Farms – $62,000
- Dallas Life Foundation – $40,000
- Bryan’s House – $22,000
- Emily’s Place – $22,000
- Northwood Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas
- Northwood Women’s Club Scholarship Fund Endowment at the University of Texas at Dallas
- Northwood Woman’s Club Endowment for Patient Care at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas
In addition to the beneficiaries, Jan presented
- Bettye Stripling with the Mary Mc Award that honors “a remarkable member who showed up year after year and always volunteered by saying, ‘I’ll do that.’”
- Deneice Scott with the President’s Award “for unselfish service and commitment to the organization and the community. It recognizes an individual’s use of time and talents to promote the mission of NWC.”
* Graphic and photo provided by Northwood Woman's Club