COLUMBIA, SC — After 10 years, more than $600,000 in financial gifts and countless hours of volunteer work, members of Women in Philanthropy are celebrating that service this week.
The group will host its 10th anniversary celebration Tuesday evening at Hall at Senates End as it marks a spirit of collective philanthropy of women throughout the Midlands.
We are so excited about the opportunity to celebrate the hard work of our founding members and current investors, said Stephanie Parrish, program coordinator for Women in Philanthropy. This is an accomplishment that should make our founders proud.
Founded through a partnership between United Way of the Midlands and Central Carolina Community Foundation, Women in Philanthropy is made up of female investors working to improve the lives of women and children through leadership and collective philanthropy.
The group has supported several charitable efforts through the years. This years grant recipients include Trinity Housing Corp., The Salvation Army, Mental Illness Recovery Center, Free Medical Clinic, Christ Central Ministries, Orangeburg County Library, Palmetto Place Childrens Shelter, Rolling Readers of the Midlands and the Alliance for Women.
Women in Philanthropy grants supported child literacy, health care services for uninsured, low-income individuals, mentoring and life skills education for at risk children and teens, and more.
The group will announce its $100,000 endowment goal during Tuesdays celebration. The endowment will fund future grants. Women in Philanthropy also will honor several Sheroes, women noted for their significant impact on the lives of other women.
Juana Slade, chairwoman of the National Womens Leadership Council, will speak at Tuesdays event. The evening will include drinks and hors douevres and a silent auction.
Admission is $40 per person and tickets can be purchased at the door. Proceeds support the event and Women in Philanthropys grants.
Senates End is at 316 Senate St. in Columbia.