Schaefers sponsor AWF event
For the third consecutive year, Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer, owners of Westglow Resort & Spa, have partnered with the Appalachian Women's Fund as the premiere sponsor and underwriters of the annual Woman of Vision Award Luncheon.
The award presentation and silent auction fundraiser will be held on Thursday, June 24, at the Blowing Rock Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m.
Blowing Rock and Boca Raton are both home to the Schaefers, who have a long history of involvement with the Appalachian Women's Fund. As founding members of the AWF, Bonnie and Jamie see firsthand the amount of support needed to strengthen the many women and young girls in the mountain communities.
"To think that social problems like spousal abuse, addiction, hunger and poverty are hallmarks exclusive to big cities is to be sadly mistaken," Jamie Schaefer said. "Unfortunately, these are universal symptoms that know no geographical boundaries. Nothing opens ones eyes to the stories of women and children more than traveling does. The zip codes may be different, but the problems are all the same."
AWF president Patti Turner is especially proud of the partnership with the Schaefers, she said, because empowering women and girls is a common thread among the charitable organizations they support.
"The endorsement of Bonnie and Jamie tells me that the AWF is on the right track, doing good work and making a difference," Turner said.
With the Schaefers underwriting much of the event's cost, more money raised from ticket sales and the silent auction will go directly back into the fund for the 2011 cycle of grants.
With no paid staff and a working board of volunteers, AWF treasurer Debbie Stevens said, "Keeping overhead low is the key to putting more money back into the community where it belongs. We feel fortunate to have the Schaefers on our team of generous sponsors."
Nationally, the Schaefers work with the Women's Media Center in New York, Equality Now, Women Moving Millions, the Women's Funding Network, the Women's Division of the Weizmann Institute of Science and co-created the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's Run/Walk.
Locally, their philanthropic influences are seen throughout the High Country. The first and only synagogue in the area will be built from the seed money donated by the Schaefers, as well as numerous fundraisers they are sponsoring.
"They are dedicated and caring women whose lives reflect their personal philosophy of giving back," said one AWF member.
To purchase tickets to the Woman of Vision Award Luncheon and Silent Auction, call (828) 264-4002 or visit http://www.appalachianwomensfund.org. Tickets are $50 per person, and seating is limited.