|Thank you Besty Lease for all your work pulling these Fabulous Women together!!|
Report of Giveaway Meeting, January 17, 2014
The Brown County Y, sponsoring Access Brown County, was the winner of $9,000.00 awarded to them by the Fabulous 50, Women’s Giving Circle. And this year the gift will be matched by Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). This means that $18,000.00 will be added to the Access budget bringing Access to its target of providing the service levels of 2012 despite higher transportation costs. Access provides transportation by appointment to Brown County citizens to doctor’s appointments, to and from work, to buy groceries, etc. In addition, it also has the capability to connect with Columbus and Bloomington transportation for an appointment at the hospital, for example.
There were three contenders for the 2013 gift, drawn at random from recommendations submitted by members of the Fabulous 50. These final contenders were the Brown County Y who, for this particular drawing, made a pitch for Access Brown County as one of the programs they offer our community, the Brown County Girl Scouts, and the Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF) Sustainability Fund. Kim Robinson spoke on behalf the Y/Access Brown County, Bonnie Closey for the Brown County Girls Scouts, and Letty Newkirk for the Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF) Sustainability Fund. Each presented explanations of why she was recommending the money go to her charity choice. A vote was taken of members in attendance at the event. Great questions from the audience regarding qualifications and capabilities of the charities assisted in the decision making process.
In addition to the award that goes directly to the Brown County Y/Access Brown County, $1,000.00 goes to BCCF for its sustainability endowment. This “fabulous” group understands the importance of having a sustained philanthropic organization within the local community.
The Fabulous 50 group will meet with their winning grantee sometime in the spring or early summer to get a full report of how the money has benefited the people of our County.
Chateau Winery Manager, Bob Smerdel, was recognized for graciously giving meeting space to the Fabulous 50 for this first giveaway event.
All members were asked to try and find one additional member to join the Circle for 2014. The same giving request applies to new and returning members: please send your $200.00 donation to the Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF) with Fabulous 50 written in the memo line. The address for BCCF is P.O. Box 191. The money can be received in $50.00 quarterly increments or all at one time. All donations are tax deductible.
Including the three charities that were chosen for 2013 consideration, below is a list of the worthy recommendations from the Fabulous 50. If there is a number behind the charity it indicates the number of recommendations submitted for this first year of giving. For example, Kim Robinson was not the only one suggesting Access Brown County; there were five (5) others who wanted Access to be the charity of choice for 2013. The full list of charity recommendations are in alphabetical order.
Access Brown County (6)
Elder Heart Sculpture, Nashville Arts & Entertainment District (2)
Beta Teen Center
Brown County Art Gallery Expansion Fund (3)
Brown County Career Resource Center
Brown County Community Foundation Sustainability Fund (2)
Brown County Girl Scouts
Brown County Habitat for Humanity Rehab Program (2)
Brown County Historical Center Building Fund (6)
Brown County Humane Society (4)
Brown County Literacy Coalition (3)
Brown County Playhouse (3)
Brown County Sheriff’s Reserve
Friends of the Brown County Public Library
Friends of the Brown County State Park
John P. Craine House
St. Vincent de Paul
Salt Creek Trail
T. C. Steele Historic Site
In addition, we wish to report two “fabulous” little stories of the evening.
(1) Bonnie Closey informed us that she came out a winner for the evening even though her charity will not be receiving the money. She was able to find two Fabulous 50 ladies who were interested in volunteer work with the Girls Scouts. Bonnie considers that invaluable.
(2) Tess Kean’s husband, Chris Stouder, asked if he could join the Fabulous 50. He sent in a check, asking to be a member, hinting that we might be sexist. The group found him “fabulous,” immediately accepted his donation, and named him a magnanimous man. Thank you very much, Chris.
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The following ladies are charter members.
Dale, Cindy Orbaugh
Lawrence, Karen Bryant
Lease, Betsy Voss
Moore, Mary Beth
Three Hawks, Susan
Two Great Minds Marketing & Design LLC
Thank you to all 50 ladies of the Fabulous 50!
Submitted by Betsy Lease