WC Concludes Spring Season with Philanthrophy
By MONIKA TEMPLEMAN and EILEEN BUZZARD, LWRWC Publicity Co-Chairs
Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club’s Mother’s Day Gift to Moms at HOPE
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, a small delegation of women from the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club delivered 52 luxurious spa robes as Mother’s Day gifts for the moms at HOPE Family Services, Inc. in Manatee County. The Women’s Club wanted to pay tribute to the brave mothers who escaped the trauma and horror of domestic violence. Since mending the spirit takes love, inserted in each packaged robe is a heartfelt note from the Women’s Club to each mom to “Wrap Yourself in Warmth and Love”.
The idea for the special gift occurred during a meeting of the Club’s Philanthropy Committee to discuss the needs of the Club’s three longstanding adopted charities (HOPE Family services, SOLVE Maternity Homes, and SMART – Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy). In addition to fundraising throughout the year to help these charities with their most pressing needs, the ladies decided that they really wanted to give something special to the moms at HOPE for Mother’s Day.
Hence a shout out to Claudia Dombrow and the Philanthropy Committee for the idea to donate soft, cozy bathrobes with a loving message of friendship and support. Also a thank you to all the Club Members who sponsored the lovely robes. Supporting woman and families in our community is the cornerstone of our LWRWC community service mission.
The LWRWC Philanthropy Committee wants to express their sincere appreciation to the women listed for making it possible for the new moms at SOLVE Maternity Homes and the moms at HOPE Family Services who escaped the horror of domestic violence, to “Wrap Yourself in Warmth and Love”.
During their visit, the ladies met some of the remarkable staff and were very impressed with the wonderful work being done by HOPE’s Executive Director, Laurel Lynch, Business Director, Char Young, and Marketing Director, Donna Cripe.
With media’s attention focused on the long-standing epidemic of domestic violence and abuse, community awareness of HOPE’s mission continues to grow. To help support the critically needed services that they provide to families who are victims’ domestic violence, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, HOPE Family Service is hosting their 18th Annual Black and White Kentucky Derby Party with live music by Big Night Out. For more information about this gala fundraiser and/or corporate sponsorship call 941-747-8499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club Delivers Baby Shower Gifts to SOLVE
On April 16, 2015, Nancy Wozniak, LWRWC Philanthropy Committee Chair, and Club members Judy Johnson and Debbie Pryor, delivered approximately $1500 in beautiful “Baby Shower” gifts to SOLVE Maternity Homes (one of the club’s three longstanding adopted charities.)
The packaged donations included receiving and crib blankets, baby bottles, infant clothing, baby bath towels and washcloths, pacifiers, medicine dispensers, baby thermometer, diapers., mobiles, toys and so much more!
SOLVE’S Community Relations Coordinator, Sherri Ketner, was delighted with our donated gifts and expressed her appreciation to LWRWC for “understanding what it takes to help the women of SOLVE and their continuing generosity and support.” Time spent at SOLVE is often the turning point in a woman’s life.
This sentiment was illustrated by a conversation with an expectant mother who said she feels ‘lucky and blessed to be here” at SOLVE. After learning that she is having a girl and she decided to name her Cherish.
The LWRWC delegation was given a tour by Brian Kerwin, SOLVE’s Development Director.
During the tour, Brian explained that “it is critical that we establish trust with the participants. Most participants come from the rocky road of life….often victims of abuse, violence or human trafficking. Trust is critical to enable us to provide the proper counseling and case management to each person. .It is a “whole life program”….we must upload their frame of mind for the forward trajectory of their life” SOLVE has been assisting pregnant women for over 40 years.