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LWRWC Picnics at Sarasota Polo Club

Members of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club were featured guests of the Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch on at the January 15, 2017. Nearly 200 members and their guests attended along with the Suncoast British Car Club who brought many beautiful cars for the members to admire.

After a potluck luncheon in the Polo Club Pavilion, members enjoyed an exhilarating polo match at one of the most beautiful settings in Sarasota, Florida. With Clydesdale wagon rides, exciting action, half-time entertainment, divot stomping and plenty of fresh air, members relaxed at the beautiful fun filled event.

Monika Templeton and Jan Hasler assist in presenting the winning team with trophies and awards.

Monika Templeman, LWRWC President, and Jan Hasler, event chair, assisted the officials during the awards ceremony, handing out trophies and prizes to 2017 USPA Governor’s Cup winners, Whiskey Pond Team.

Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club Donates $30,000

On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, the Lakewood Ranch Women’s held its Annual Business Meeting at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. The Women’s Club presented checks totaling $27,000 to their three adopted charities: SMART, HOPE, and SOLVE.

Check Presentations:

Back Row L-R: Patti Wrobel, Shirley Taradash, LWRWC Past President 2016, Monika Templeman, LWRWC 2017 President , Mary Beth Steffens, Sheron Benkert, Janet Stickel. Front Row L-R: Brandi Ezell, Assistant Executive Director SMART; Peggy Kerwin, Executive Director, SOLVE & Laurel Lynch, Executive Director, HOPE.

Checks for $9,000 each were presented to Laurel Lynch, Executive Director of HOPE Family Services (an organization that works with families to prevent domestic violence); Peggy Kerwin, Executive Director of SOLVE Maternity Homes (which has been assisting pregnant women for over 40 years), and Brandi Ezell, of SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy that provides therapy for disabled and traumatized children and adults.)

This cash contribution, along with “In-kind” donations in 2016, totaled over $30,000 in donations from the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club.

Successful fundraising efforts throughout 2016 included the a fashion show in November, “A Passion for Fashion”, the “Mistletoe Market Luncheon” held in December, and “LWRWC Speaker Series Charity Fundraiser Luncheon” held in March 2016.

Keynote Speaker

Jeff LaHurd offers first champagne toast to LWR Women’s Club Birthday Celebration

Trish Newman, 2017 Program Director introduced Keynote Speaker, Jeff LaHurd.

Jeff has written 15 books about the history of the community as well as numerous articles for the Herald Tribune, Sarasota Magazine, and The Downtowner. He has lived in Sarasota since 1950 and has won numerous awards.

In 1992, Jeff produced a video that was shown on the History Channel and was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Preservation in the Field of Communication from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

During his 45 minute presentation, the women were treated to stories, slides, and anecdotes about Sarasota and 10 of the most inspiring Women who helped to shape Sarasota.

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