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February 2021

WGC Members, Partners, and Friends,

So far this year we continue to engage members of our community to pool our dollars so that we can make grants to support women and girls and have a greater impact together than we might otherwise have alone. This is the value of collective giving, and we appreciate those of you who have supported the WGC the last 19 years, and welcome our many new members!

I hope you are planning to join us at our upcoming 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration - "Celebrating (S)heroes Among Us" on Monday, March 8, 2021 - International Women's Day. Our Host, Candace Dodson-Reed will discuss “Democratizing and Diversifying Philanthropy Through the Power of Collective Giving” with our Keynote Speakers, national philanthropic leaders Valaida Fullwood and Sara Lomelin, on how the landscape of philanthropy is shifting, and how collective giving is continuing to play a transformational role in bringing in many more — and more representative —  women donors to the table to create more equitable communities, and make a difference through the power of giving, together. 

Tickets are available for purchase and we have numerous sponsorships available, starting at $100. Many thanks to the 104 sponsors who have already chosen to invest in our 2021 Annual Celebration! ​It takes a special individual or business to understand the value of investing in women and girls - thank you. And, we have partnered with some of Howard County’s best to provide guests with numerous food and drink options for purchase, pick-up and to consume during our March 8, 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration. We appreciate the opportunity to support local female business owners, and/or highlight female vintners, and hope you like the diversity of options from around the county for non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, appetizers, desserts, and/or entrees from our partners at Sobar, Cured | 18th & 21st, Ranazul, and the Wine Bin!

This year, we are proud to feature five (S)heroes Among Us who have led critical efforts on behalf of organizations that we have funded this year through our Emergency Response Network, who are focusing on widespread community needs affecting women, their families, and the broader community:

Jen Broderick - Bridges to Housing Stability
Erika Strauss Chavarria - Columbia Community Care
Bita Dayhoff - Community Action Council
Dr. Mariana Izraelson - Grassroots Crisis Intervention
Vanita Leatherwood - HopeWorks of Howard County

And, we are highlighting “(S)heroes Among Us” before, during, and after our Annual Celebration - all of YOU. All women are (S)heroes in their own ways - women admired for their courage and outstanding achievements. This year we will be honored to acknowledge the many ways women are supporting our community through our beautiful Virtual (S)hero Mosaic. Over 450 women in our community have been highlighted by friends and family so far, and we have room for everyone! Please take a moment to highlight YOUR Howard County (S)heroes today.

I look forward to "seeing" you at our March 8, 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration - join us!

Barb Van Winkle
WGC Advisory Board Chair

WGC Upcoming Virtual Annual Celebration - March 8, 2021 - Join Us!

Take a look at this fantastic article that came out this week in Forbes entitled "It’s In Your Best Interest To Become A Philanthropist In 2021, Philanthropy Together’s Sara Lomelin Shares Why", featuring one of our March 8, 2021 Annual Celebration Keynote speakers, Sara Lomelin. Like what you read? We do! Join us to hear more - get tix at

104 WGC Annual Celebration Sponsors To Date - Thank You!

WGC's Virtual (S)hero Mosaic Wall - Who are YOUR (S)heroes? 

Who are YOUR Howard County (S)heroes? The women in your life making a difference in so many ways? Please take a moment to add their photos on the WGC's Virtual (S)hero Mosaic - help fill in the boxes below & recognize women in our community!

WGC Featured (S)heroes Among Us

This year at our March 8, 2021 Annual Celebration we are proud to feature five (S)heroes Among Us who have led critical efforts on behalf of organizations we funded last year through our Emergency Response Network, who are focusing on widespread community needs affecting women, their families, and the broader community. Join us to help celebrate their efforts!

WGC's Annual Celebration Food & Drink Partners

WGC's Membership Mondays

Next WGC Membership Monday -
March 15, 2021 at 4:30 pm

Would you like to learn more about the WGC and what we're doing? Join us for a brief, but interactive Membership Monday chat on March 15 at 4:30 pm. Once each month we are now hosting a Membership Monday 30-minute Zoom chat, where you can meet members of the WGC’s Advisory Board, hear about the WGC, how you might get involved, and have a chance to ask questions. We look forward to meeting you – register today and join us!

WGC's Emergency Response Network

This month we had two Emergency Response Network requests:
  • $5,500 (Columbia Community Care) - $2,500 provided by an anonymous donor
  • $2,500+ (HCC Educational Foundation) - to support a young student in need
Many thanks to everyone who took action and donated to support our partners at Columbia Community Care and the HCC Educational Foundation. Within hours, you collectively met and exceeded both goals to support our community. This is the power of a giving circle. In the 18+ years we've had the Emergency Response Network women have responded to our call to action and have given together to meet and/or exceed every single request, resulting in over $100,000 to directly support over 100 women and their families in Howard County. Thank you for being a part of the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County and this powerful network supporting women and their families in our community!

WGC In the News: Our Latest Blog Posts

Bita Dayhoff, President of Community Action Council Recognized as a WGC Featured (S)hero
By Adora Brown, WGC Student Intern

​The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County is highlighting Howard County “(S)heroes Among Us” this year as part of our March 8, 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration. Recognized as a (S)hero this year is Bita Dayhoff, the President of Community Action Council (CAC). Bita has a passion for giving back, and this passion permeates through her work with CAC. Learn more.
"Our Giving, Our Stories" in Celebration of Black History Month
By Malynda Madzel, Chair, WGC’s “Our Giving, Our Stories” Committee

In 2021, as we celebrate Black History Month, we continue to honor the leaders who unselfishly gave of themselves to fight to ensure equitable access to basic necessities like food, housing, health care, education and civil rights. In the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County our programming pays tribute to that legacy. Leveraging the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories" daily profile series of 31 Howard County philanthropists, published in August 2020, we continue the celebration of the contributions and sacrifices of our citizenry. We were honored to highlight these inspirational stories of women who discussed what moves them to give their time, talent and financial resources to enrich the community. 
CFHoCo Did You Know Podcast
On the latest Community Foundation of Howard County podcast, Women's Giving Circle of Howard County ED Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz discusses women's philanthropy, giving circles, the history of the WGC in HoCo, the remarkable Emergency Response Network, and the upcoming Annual Celebration on March 8 focused on "Sheroes!" Check it out!

WGC Donors: You Are Appreciated!

Thank You for Giving to the WGC this Past Month!

Bonnie Bricker, Courtney Workman, Beth Leaman, Sue Emerson, Kate Hetherington, Cindi Mitchell, Tanya Rapacz, Beatrice Dane, Susan Porter, Megan Bruno, Anne Johnson, Maxine Clark, Felicita Sola-Carter, Horizon Foundation, Phyllis Yigdall, Margaret Wilson, Joanne Jackson, Ellen Liebert, Dee Athey, Kyri Jacobs, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Jackie Crispell, Jordan Turner, Allison and Alan Korn and Clardy, Judy Barnett, Kimberly Prescott, Nette’ Stokes, Andrea Ingram, Dana Delott, Laurie Scudder, Nina Yudell, Mary Jordan, Julia McCready, Jennifer Kubina, Erika Chavarria, Tanya La Salle, Lori Fuchs, Theresa Billow-Supple, Maria Ferraro, Malynda Madzel, Wendy Baird, Robyn Peters, Mary Peitz, Safa Hira, Louise Kiblet, Denise Sampson, Paula Seabright, Deirdre Mary McElroy, Rhonda Neubauer, Karen Crowder, Beverly Byron, Angela Alston, Cathy Bell, Susan Otradovec, Karen Hussey. Regina Clay, Dawn Popp, Leslie Marsiglia, Laura Salganik, Brenda von Rautenkranz, Paula Rasera, Cheryl Griffin, Barbara Peart, Jennifer Cavey, Arlene Sheff, Robert Sheff, Katherine Zaeh, Nina and Marvin Yudell, Kathryn Haines, Mike Peduto, Karen Jensen, Barb Van Winkle, Jennifer Manner, Jason Price, Wendy Royalty, Natalie Ziegler, Jennifer Smith, Elizabeth Kromm, Gayle Siegel, Joan Hash, Alison Canning, Mary McCally, Kimberly Agnor, Janet & John Rohde, Ray Mellott, Beth Leaman, Carol Mellott, Suzie Wolfinger Schmitt, Tahira Mussarat Hussain, Robin Steele, Suriya Kaul, Naomi Slagowski, Teresa Chaconas, Deborah Hurley, Yolanda Bruno, Mary Cannon, Jennifer Broderick, Melissa Rosenberg, Mary Matthews, Leah Musiker, Krista Baker, Stephanie Schultz, Lynne Schaefer, Marci Brand, Cheryl Griffin, Wendy Slaughter, Susan R. Buswell, Mary Peitz, Stephanie Brown, Laura Sullivan, Diana Bailey, Tanya La Salle, April Pardoe, Rebecca Gibino, Arielle Karp, Jim and Chris Beaudoin, Diane O’Connor, Gina Seyfried, Kelly O'Connor, Allison and Alan Korn and Clardy, Laura Mettle, Patricia Clifford, Sue Briggs, Susan Wilensky, Carlessia Hussein, Ellen Millhollon, Katherine Tetrault, Linda Evans, Suzanne Colvin, Patricia Wecker, Laurie Scudder, Nuala Duffy, Vickie Ethridge, Karen Crowder, Neil Davis, Judy Smith, Jean Moon, Linda and Bill Wilson, Renee Lowden, Jocelyn Apollon, Britt Spears, Ruth Japzon, Bronwyn Belling, Sandy Monck, Mary Ann Scully, Christine Meket, Sharon Runge, Dana Carr, Ann Strozyk, Meg Feroli, Jaki Ulman, Hima Jain, Lisa Terry, Lois Dreisbach, Tina Broccolino, Angie Kozlowski, Sherri Witzke, Tricia Hudson, Beth Harbinson, Beatrice Dane, Linda Eggbeer, Razia Kosi, Barbara Rishel, Ann Selnick, Amanda Hof, Michele Dudley, Berlyn & Gene Carlson, Donyel Bacon, Ann McNary, Lynn Coleman, Kari Staddon, Caryn Lasser, Donna Richardson, Maura Dunnigan, Sharice Hammond, Jade McDuffie McClary, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Pam Foster, Arianne Monroe, Sheila Young
Give in Honor and Memory of WGC Supporter Jackie Melonas
We were so sad to learn of the recent passing of long-time WGC supporter and friend, Jackie Melonas. Jackie was a donor, volunteer, member of the WGC's Grants Committee, and WGC cheerleader for many years. As Jackie's husband Jim said, "Jackie was honored to be part of the WGC." Jackie's obituary mentions that she was an active member of the Women's Giving Circle, that "anyone who knew Jackie loved her," and that "she inspired countless people, personally and professionally, throughout her life and career." We are so honored that Jackie's family has asked that gifts in her honor and memory are directed to the WGC. Thank you to the 30 donors who have given $7,570 to date. A gift in Jackie's honor and memory will have a lasting impact for women and girls in Howard County. Thank you to the Melonas family, all who choose to donate to the WGC in her honor and memory, and to Jackie, for all that she did for the Women's Giving Circle and our community - she will be deeply missed. Learn more here.
Barb Van Winkle, Chair
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Executive Director

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10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 230, Columbia, MD 21044

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