Fund For Women News Fund for Women News W I N T E R 2 0 1 0 Inside this Fund For Women Honors Eva Verplanck issue: FFW Grantee 2 Camp Invention For the past three years, Fund For Women has hosted a breakfast in honor of a Fund For Women Founder whose participation in the community exemplifies the Girls Just Wanna 3 spirit of the Founding Founders, the 16 women who Have Funds! established the Fund For Women. This year’s honoree was community leader, volunteer and philanthropist, Dr. Eva Verplanck. Dr. Verplanck lives in Kennett Square but her philanthropic reach includes both Trinkets and 4 Delaware and Chester County. She has served in nu- Toddies merous leadership positions while inspiring others to contribute to a wide range of causes. A Grand Event! 5 “Dr. Verplanck’s contributions and achievements Celebrating serve as a role model for women who want to make a 1,000 Founders difference in their communities.” said Kay Preston, Fund For Women Chair. “She (continued on page 7) Swingin’ With A 6 Photograph courtesy of Left to Right: Founding Founder Judy Hoopes, Dr. Eva Verplanck, and Founding Founder Star Escudero Photography Elisabeth Poole We did it! and staying power of our support in Delaware. Achieving its “1,000th Founder” Fund for Women reaches 1,000 Founder Goal goal has motivated the Fund’s Advisory Committee to establish a compelling new goal: to grow The Fund For Women has Since its inception 16 years ago, the Fund’s existing endowment signed up its 1,000th Founder, the Fund has been making a dra- of $2.3 million by another $1 mil- reaching its original goal of matic impact on the lives of lion. This new goal is inclusive, enlisting 1,000 women to con- women and girls statewide by as it will rely on donations from tribute $1,000 each to fund pro- harnessing the collective philan- both new and existing Founders. grams that improve the quality thropy of women. Statewide, the Fund For Women of life for women and girls in Realizing our original goal is more has Founders in all three coun- Delaware. than just reaching a number. It ties. The fastest-growing county To mark this major milestone, means that we will be able to help during the past two years has the Fund will hold celebrations even more women and girls been Sussex, which recently in all three counties in Delaware through the Fund’s charitable con- signed up its 100th Founder. in early 2010. tributions. It shows the strength The Fund is a unique, all- volunteer network which aims to improve the worth and potential “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people of women and girls in Delaware can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” by funding critical programs that meet their needs — from housing -Margaret Mead to health (continued on page 5) PAGE 2 Spotlight on FFW Grantee… Camp Invention Camp Invention is an educa- Local teachers tional outreach program from receive training the non-profit National Inven- in inquiry tors Hall of Fame Foundation, learning meth- presented in partnership odology to pre- with the United States Pat- sent the Camp ent and Trademark Of- Invention cur- fice. The Camp Invention riculum, which program promotes a pas- is aligned with state and na- town, and Frederick Douglass sion for learning science tional curriculum standards in Elementary in Seaford. With with exciting, hands-on science, mathematics, history this gift, 8 underserved girls in activities, and focuses on and language arts. This sum- grades 1-6 were able to attend developing critical thinking mer, children took apart old the programs with an average skills, creativity, teamwork, appliances, created models of scholarship award of $125 per and confidence. new inventions, explored the child. One week at Camp In- science of superheroes, vention helps prepare children Each day of camp, elemen- for future success in higher worked in teams to engineer tary students participate in level science through the an X-treme landsled, and fol- five innovative modules pre- teaching of critical thinking lowed the trail of the Vikings sented by local teachers, skills and the application of to discover ancient treasure. while experimenting with science content to authentic practical applications of ab- In June 2009, The Fund for problem situations. Hopefully stract concepts in physics, Women provided $1,000 of the 21st Century learning skills engineering, environmental scholarship funding for 3 pro- that were introduced at this science and creative problem grams in Delaware: Olive B. program will inspire our future -solving. Loss Elementary in Bear, The scientists and inventors! Jefferson School in George- Save the Date: 19th Annual Swingin' With A Star Women’s Golf Event and Auction Monday June 21, 2010 For registration details and sponsorship opportunities visit the web site www.swinginwithastar.org Over the years the Swingin' With A Star Golf Tournament has donated close to 1 million dollars to Fund For Women. FUND FOR WOMEN FUND FOR WOMEN PAGE 3 Girls Just Wanna Have Funds! by Carolyn Strum On September 3, 2009, seven hand to Delaware women and women became Sussex County girls through grants. Since 1993, Founders at an event called Girls more than one million dollars in Just Wanna Have Funds! The festive grants has been awarded. Some of event was held at the Lewes home the services that the Fund for of local watercolor artist Linda Women grants provide are prena- Dickey. Guests enjoyed Dickey’s tal care, housing, abuse counsel- display of paintings while munch- ing, legal assistance, medical ing on refreshments provided by care, scholarship programs, and the artist and Founder Janet Davis. job training. All the proceeds from one auc- New Founders who pledged tioned watercolor were generously $1,000 to the organization include donated to The Fund for Women. Nancy Friedman Beck, Carol Boyd She also donated a portion of the -Heron, Lynn Cecil, Jeanne Gilli- proceeds generated from any ad- gan, Marsha Metrinko, Marjorie ditional sales at the event. Miller and Connie Miller. All new Chairwoman and Founder Lynn members received a signed print Founder and watercolor artist Linda Dickey hosts FFW Kokjohn, explained how The Fund of the auctioned painting from the affair at her home in Lewes for Women Organization lends a artist. New Founders from left to right: Marsha Metrinko, Marjorie Miller, Nancy Friedman Beck, Carol Boyd-Heron, Lynn Cecil, and Jeanne Gilligan (Not pictured – Connie Miller) Members cheer as Marjorie Miller pledges $1,000 to The Fund for Women. Founder and Chairwoman Lynn Kokjohn and Founder Suzanne Landon stand by the Dickey painting auctioned at the September affair. PAGE 4 Trinkets and Toddies by Carolyn Strum BEADazzled with Trinkets and Toddies! the Art League decorated for the holidays. was the theme of the Sussex County The evening was topped off with holiday FFW event held on December 3 at the refreshments provided by Benedette Coo- Rehoboth Art League. The event signed per, Janet Davis, Denise Emery, Kathy on six New Founders: Barbara Ed- Kiernan, Lynn Kokjohn, Suzanne Landon, wards, Kathy Jankowski, Amelia Knarr, Jean Lemontagne, and Cheryl Mitchell. Dee Moore, Sharyn Santel, and Sharyn Smith. Sussex Chairwoman and Founder, Lynn Kokjohn, explained how the Fund for The highlight of the festivities was the Women Organization lends a hand to Dela- jewelry displayed by three local arti- ware women and girls through grants. Kay sans, Nina Esposito of Bean’s Beads, Preston, Chair of the Fund for Women, Dorothy Davis of Glitter Girls, and announced that the state-wide organization Sherry Sharp of Pandora Inspired De- has exceeded its “1000th Founder goal” signs. In addition, guests were able to and will now aim to rely on donations from view and purchase the paintings, jew- new and existing Founders to achieve an- elry, sculpture and crafts on display at other $1 million. Nina Esposito of Bean’s Beads Above left to right: Carolyn Strum, Suzanne Landon, Lynn Kokjohn, Jean Lemontagne, Denise Emery, Janet Davis, Cheryl Mitchell, and Judy Mellen Sherry Sharp of Pandora Inspired Designs Above left to right: Guest Amelia Knarr, Founder Benedette Coo- per, and Rehoboth Art League Executive Director, Karen McGrath Dorothy Davis of Glitter Girls FUND FOR WOMEN FUND FOR WOMEN PAGE 5 1,000 Founders! (continued from page 1) care, from science education to emer- gency food programs. It was established in 1993 by 16 visionary “Founders,” who committed themselves to recruiting a total of 1,000 Founders: women who would each contribute $1,000 to fund a (then) $1 million endow- ment held at the Delaware Community Foundation. The Fund For Women appeals to women who want to make a difference in their communities. Although we have met our original goal, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done in Delaware. We are counting on women from all walks of life to join us as we continue to make an impact on the quality of life for women and girls statewide. Above left to right: Lisa Jones, Photograph courtesy of Joanne Foggy, Leigh Sparks, and Congratulations to all our Founders for helping us reach this significant milestone! Michele Whetzel. Escudero Photography All Founders ......save the date for the big celebration! Watch your mail and e-mail for detailed invitations... Swingin’ With A Star Grants $25,000 to Fund For Women PAGE 6 by Kay Preston Since our inception in 1993, and the endowment grew, Star time. Please watch your Fund For Women has been the Fund For Women endow- e-mail and mail for details of privileged to receive funding ment has generated enough how you can support this won- from one of the premier fund- funding to be a force in it’s derful tournament and in turn, raisers in Delaware, the own right but we never women and girls in Delaware. Swingin’ With a Star (aka would have made the impact We hope to see everyone at SWAS) Women’s Golf Tourna- we did without the generous the June 21 Swingin’ with a Star ment. Over the years, SWAS support of Swingin’ With A Women’s Golf Tournament and has donated close to $1 million Star! cocktail reception. You don’t dollars to the Fund and has have to be a golfer to partici- We are most grateful that supported both the Betsy pate. The SWAS committee is SWAS chose to support Fund Rawls sub-fund in our endow- always looking for sponsor- For Women once again with ment fund and each year’s ships and auction items. ..It’s a $25,000 of the proceeds of current grants. In the early great way to advertise your the 2009 Swingin’ with A Star days of Fund for Women it was business and support the tour- Women’s Golf Tournament the proceeds of the tourna- nament. If you don’t golf con- and Brew And What The ment that allowed us to do- sider coming to the cocktail Gardener Grew Silent Auc- nated substantial amounts to reception and bidding on the tion events. women and girls causes in fabulous auction items! Delaware. In the last few years, As we roll into spring it is Thank you again to Swingin’ as we added more Founders once again Swingin’ With a With A Star! From left to right: Renee Roberts, Connie Bond Stewart, Marilyn Hayward, and Mary Culley. FFW Chair Emeritus Susan Sherk, Founding Founder Judy Hoopes and Founder and Vice Chair Ranney Ward. From left to right: Diane Issacs, Leni Markell, Karen Miller, and Sharon Williams. Photographs courtesy of Philanthropy Breakfast keynote speakers Escudero Photography Wayne and Betsy Holden and son Dean. FUND FOR WOMEN FUND FOR WOMEN PAGE 7 Congratulations Meet the 2010 Fund For Women Advisory Committee DuPont Volunteers Kay Preston, Chair Congratulations to the DuPont employee Ranney Ward, Vice Chair volunteers and the Fund For Women! Susan Sherk, Chair Emeritus DuPont announced late last year that Kathy Wright Alzos, Carol Amos, Jane Bradd Cheryl Corn, Newsletter Andersen, Lynn Flaim, Letha Hammon, Susan Daily, Kent County Development Chair and Rose Oakes are part of a group of nearly 400 DuPont employees being hon- Janet Davis, Swingin’ With A Star Representative ored in the 2009 DuPont Volunteer Recog- Laura Day, New Castle County Development Chair nition program. Established in 1998, the program recognizes employees or teams Irene Fick , Media Relations of employees who devote their time and talents to improve the quality of life in Kelly Firment, Special Projects their communities. On behalf of this hon- Letha Hammon, Special Projects oree team, DuPont has donated $1,000 to the Fund for Women! "Thank you" to not Anne Hogan, Large Non Profit Representative only these DuPont employees, but also to Marilyn Hyte, Grants Committee Chair the dozens of DuPont employees who have supported the Fund for Women with their Lynn Kokjohn, Sussex County Development Chair time, talent and financial support since the Alyson Lang, Small Non Profit Representative FFW was founded sixteen years ago. Mary Ann Miller Grants Event Maria Taylor, Special Projects Terry Villanueva, Secretary Michele Whetzel, Treasurer Planned Parenthood of Chester County, ter’s formative years. He helped raise Dr. Eva Verplanck and the Quintin E. Primo Jr. Lecture Series/Fund for Racial Justice. She the bar in its land preservation work in Delaware, and fostered the partnership (continued from page 1) serves as an emeritus board member of between the Conservancy and has inspired countless others to give of the Chester County Community Foun- DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, their time, skills and resources. Both dation. She is a Lifetime Achievement which resulted in the protection of over the state of Delaware and Chester Award recipient of the Brandywine Val- 12,000 acres of forestland in Sussex County have benefitted from Dr. Ver- ley chapter of the Association of Fund- County. planck’s knowledge, passion and capa- raising Professionals. ble leadership.” The Holdens’ community leadership The community activist was also re- includes major commitments to the The award recipient has served in key cently was honored with the Jordan Delaware Open Space Council, the positions on an extensive list of non- Award for Lifelong Philanthropy, Schwartz Center for the Arts, Wesley profit organizations over the years. awarded annually to an individual who College, and the Delaware Community Among them: the YWCA of Delaware, has made an enduring, long-term im- Foundation, where they received the United Way of Southern Chester pact in Chester County. Foundation’s Allen Cup Award for Phil- County, where she is one of the most anthropic Leadership in 2007. Also sustaining, outstanding contributors, Keynote speakers at the October 14 breakfast were Wayne and Betsy Hol- committed United Way of Delaware and an honorary board member. She is supporters, the Holdens’ are recipients also active on the YWCA of the United den, who are also Fund For Women Founders. of that organization’s Humanitarian of States and World Services Council. the Year award. Dr. Verplanck’s philanthropy and vol- Wayne Holden has been a major advo- unteerism have also impacted the cate and supporter of the Delaware United Way of Delaware, United Way of chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Southern Chester County, Chester where, as a trustee since 1996, he has County Council of Home Health Agen- helped lead, guide and inspire the cies, Wilmington Flower Market, Conservancy’s work during the chap- “The mission of the FUND FOR WOMEN is to provide funding to enhance Presorted Standard the worth and potential of women and girls in Delaware by bringing to- US POSTAGE gether the collective philanthropy of women.” PAID Dover, DE 19901 Permit No. 168 c/o Delaware Community Foundation PO Box 1636 Change Service Requested www.delcf.org/ffw Celebrating 1,000 Founders!