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Wow - What a Night!

WGC's March 8, 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration:
Celebrating (S)heroes Among Us
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Thanks to the over 200 attendees Monday night who joined us for the WGC's March 8, 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration on International Women's Day! 
We highlighted the work of the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County and how you can get involved, listened to the conversation about “Democratizing and Diversifying Philanthropy Through the Power of Collective Giving” from our Keynote Speakers Valaida Fullwood and Sara Lomelin, and viewed our Virtual (S)hero Mosaic, highlighting over 500 local (S)heroes.

​And, we enjoyed learning more about our five Featured (S)heroes, the important work their organizations are doing on the ground in Howard County, and how you can support them. We were proud to surprise our nonprofit partners with $1,000 grants each in honor of their (S)hero leaders! And, we to provide another $100 to each organization in honor of event attendees who correctly answered quiz questions about these important groups in our community.

If you were unable to join us you can view the recorded event hereread the event program here and watch an event snippet here.

We appreciate the wonderful feedback on the event! Here's some of what we heard:
  • "This is one of the best programs I've attended in my 30+ years in Howard County." 
  • "I have appreciated the work of the Women's Giving Circle for many years, not only as an agency recipient, but because the model of a giving circle can be revolutionary. Tonight's speakers highlighted that brilliantly." 
  • "The speakers were so inspiring!" 
  • "A wonderful evening! Well executed and the speakers were awesome ... glad to be a part of such an amazing vision!" 
  • "The Annual Celebration was terrific ... informative, and inspiring to hear from the speakers - lovely people that you'd like to know better." 
  • "I was struck by how none of that would have been a conversation when I was a young, smart, forward-thinking woman. Women can do anything and they make it happen!" 
  • "Really excellent program ... you have definitely put us on the map, and elevated our relevance."
  • "The WGC is really on a roll ... Bravo!"
If you are as inspired as we are to continue making a difference collectively, here are 5 Actions Steps you can take today: Once again, we thank our incredible sponsors - all 118 of you! It takes a special person and organization to understand the value of investing in the WGC and supporting women and girls by sponsoring events such as ours tonight, and we appreciate you! Take a look at the goodies in our Virtual Swag Bag from some of our sponsors.

Many thanks to our fabulous Keynote SpeakersValaida Fullwood and Sara Lomelin - you can learn more here about Philanthropy Together and Black Philanthropy Month. And, thank you to the WGC Advisory Board and Committee members, including our terrific Membership & Events Committee who made the event possible, our partners at the Community Foundation of Howard County, our food and drink partners throughout Howard County, our five Featured (S)heroes, and all of you - so many (S)heroes Among Us, for taking the time to GIVE | JOIN | CONNECT with the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County to make things happen in our community.
We truly believe that women’s philanthropy is shaping the future for women and girls through the power of diversified and democratized collective giving. 
Thank you for being a part of it. 

  • Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair
  • Melissa Curtin and Mary Thompson, WGC Membership & Events Committee Co-Chairs
  • Candace Dodson-Reed, WGC Event Host and Grants Committee Chair
  • Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, WGC Executive Director
  • WGC's 2021 Advisory Board
Give to the WGC in Honor of a (S)hero!

Celebrating (S)heroes Among Us - Who are YOUR (S)heroes?

The WGC is highlighting “(S)heroes Among Us” this year during our Annual Celebration. All women are (S)heroes in their own ways - women admired for their courage and outstanding achievements. We currently have over 500 (S)heroes highlighted and ALL are invited. Who are YOUR Howard County (S)heroes?
Highlight them here! - highlight them before 3/17!
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