On November 13, Women United Members and friends gathered at the Ivy Inn for food, fun and philanthropy. We discussed our past success and our goal of growing Membership in order to grow the Collective Fund. Our goal for 2013 is $50,000 for local non-profits!

A highlight of the evening was when the two 2011 Women United Grant recipients explained to the crowd of over 70 women what their organizations had done with Women United funds over the last year. The International Rescue Committee was there with goods created through their new Women’s Craft Cooperative. Harriet Kuhr, IRC Executive Director, explained the process of teaching refugee women not only what crafts would sell in our area, but also how to balance a checkbook, manage money for their household, and be responsible for their own part of the business.

Rachel Lloyd Miller, pictured here 2nd from the left with Women United Steering Committee members Peppy Linden, Sue Friedman and Peggy Echols, discussed the mission of Piedmont CASA to train volunteers to become advocates for children in our community who are the victims of abuse and neglect. Women United funds have helped them serve over 200 children this year.

The Membership Open House was a great success. We saw some new faces and met new Members, and hope to continue to grow the Collective Fund.

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Picture courtesy of Peggy Harrison Photography. CLICK HERE for the full event photo album.