Everything comes up roses for Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge



Article Published: Jul. 10 | Modified: Jul. 15
Everything comes up roses for Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge executive director Karen Sabo addresses the audience at June
26’s inaugural WFBR luncheon at Linville Ridge.

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As the weather is warming up and the roses are starting to bloom, June is a perfect time for all things new.

The first large event of the newly formed Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge brought an atmosphere of newness, unity and the smell of roses.

With nearly 300 attendees and volunteers, the inaugural luncheon for the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge was held on Thursday, June 26, at the Linville Ridge County Club. The event included a catered lunch, silent and live auction, speakers and a special performance by local singer Maureen Renihan.

During her speech at the luncheon, executive director Karen Sabo said, “Everything may be coming up roses for you and I, but that is not the case for other women and girls. It is up to us to ensure other females here in our community have the resources needed to become empowered and reach their full potential.”

After unanimous votes from the boards of the Appalachian Women’s Fund and the High Country Women’s Fund, the organizations combined their missions, efforts and membership, resulting in a new larger and stronger philanthropic group. The inaugural luncheon was the first of many events to be held.

Proceeds totaling $111,028 from this luncheon will support the fund’s fall grant cycle. The two former funds have supported such nonprofits as the Western Youth Network, OASIS, Mountain Alliance, Hospitality House, Children’s Council and the New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College.

Major sponsors of the luncheon included Westglow Spa, the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Mast General Store and the Albert Jay Martin Foundation. Many other businesses and personal sponsorships received by the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge assisted in success of the luncheon and upcoming grant cycle.

The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge will continue to sponsor and participate in events, such as the Power of the Purse Mother’s Day Shoppe and the Back-To-School Festival, but its largest event of the year will remain the annual luncheon.

For more information about making a donation, becoming a member, participating in upcoming events or general questions, contact Karen Sabo, executive director, at (828) 264-4002, email (info@womensfundoftheblueridge.org) , or visit http://www.womensfundoftheblueridge.org.

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