On October 21st, women from all over Essex County filled the ballroom at the Peabody Marriott Hotel for The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s 12th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. Keynote speaker Piper Kerman, author of the best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, shared her story and her passion for criminal justice reform with the group.
Nineteen Essex County agencies were honored, grant recipients under three fields of funding: Economic Self-Sufficiency & Security, Health & Well-Being and Leadership & Empowerment: Amirah, Inc., Beverly Bootstraps Community Services, Inc., Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, Building Bridges Through Music, Inc., Citizens for Adequate Housing, Inc., COMPASS for kids, Express Yourself, Inc., Family & Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Inc., Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Lawrence CommunityWorks, Pathways for Children, SeniorCare Inc., The Plummer Home for Boys, Wellspring House, Inc., YWCA of Greater Lawrence, and YWCA of Greater Newburyport.
The Women’s Fund extends special thanks to all of its generous business sponsors of the Grant Awards Luncheon. Philanthropist Level sponsors include Anthony & Dodge, PC, Brookwood School, Glovsky & Glovsky LLC, Lahey Health, McCue Corporation, Oakmont Partners, LLC; Robie Properties LLC, Salem Five Charitable Foundation, Shore Country Day School, Windover Construction and Zampell Refractories.
"Power benefits result when we invest in women and girls," said Becky Hallowell, Advisory Board President. "Communities are stronger, our economy is more prosperous, and our nation is more just when we invest in the health and well-being, economic self-sufficiency, and leadership and empowerment of women and girls."
The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers, MA.
Photo courtesy of Alyse Gause Photography Left to right: Becky Hallowell, Advisory Board President, Susan Robie and Ro French, Luncheon Co-Chairs, Piper Kerman
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