YEAR IN REVIEW
PINK RIBBONS, INC.
The Fund and Unite for HER brought the throught-provoking film Pink Ribbons, Inc. to the Colonial Theater in October 7th. Featuring the slogan “It’s time to take our ribbon back!” this breast cancer documentary gives the inside story of the commercialization of a charitable cause and the impact on the real-life women who fight breast cancer.
Phyllis Copeland, long-time champion of mulitple Chester County agencies, was the recipient of this year's Kitchen Table Award, named after the spirited conversations around kitchen tables, board tables, and coffee tables that created and built the Fund.
KITCHEN TABLE AWARD
"Phyllis puts her heart and soul intoeverything she does."
MAKING A DIFFERENCE LUNCHEON
Community leaders, generous corporate and individual sponsors, and enthusiastic activists gathered at the 10th annual Making a Difference Luncheon to celebrate women in philanthropy and community service, as well as to learn more about the challenges facing women and girls and their families in our communities on May 1st, 2015. There was hardly a dry eye in the audience as Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq., the keynote speaker of the day, delivered her inspirational story and encouraged the sold-out audience to continue to invest in pioneering organizations like the Fund.
Businesses from West Chester joined the Fund in October to learn more about their neighbors and to find out what was happening in their community!
WEST CHESTER NETWORKING
SPONSOR PREVIEW PARTY
We gathered to thank our Making a Difference Luncheon supporters at the Barn at Valley Forge Flowers on April 21st, 2015. We enjoyed delicious food, drinks, and discounted shopping while sharing our vision and dreams for healthy women and girls in Chester County.
Women from across Chester County gathered at West Chester University’s Sykes Theater for conversation and the showing of Christy Turlington Burns’ groundbreaking documentary, No Woman, No Cry in February. The Fund partnered with the Maternal and Child Health Consortium to show this documentary which “seeks to increase dialogue and action on issues of maternal and child health.” A panel followed the movie with representatives from La Comunidad Hispana, Maternal and Child Health Consortium, the Fund, and Chester County,
NO WOMAN, NO CRY
IMPROVING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION
Women and men from across Chester County gathered at the Downingtown Area Senior Center in April to view Pretty Old which was “a profound and intimate look into what it truly means to age beautifully.” The film was directed by Walter Matteson, and has received numerous awards, including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Best Documentary Award.
PRINTER DONATION PARTY
Through the generosity of
Saint-Gobain, the Fund was able to distribute over a dozen printers to local non-profits with technology needs in December!
Nell Rose Phillips from the Resilient Mind spoke to a group of women over lunch about her five keys to surviving stress in December.
Chester County women gathered to celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about the women who have shaped our past through discussion and trivia in March.
The Fund and Minding Your Mind joined forces and invited Chester County teens to the Westtown School in April to learn how to manage stress and anxiety, build healthy relationships, identify the symptoms of depression, challenge perfectionism, and how to help friends. The girls both participated in discussion and heard the inspirational, real-life testimonies of four young women who overcame significant obstacles.
INVITING FRIENDS TO THE CONVERSATION
In 2015, the Fund awarded $255,000 in grants to 28 Chester County agencies supporting women and girls. We gathered to celebrate the essential work done by our grantee-partners, who work every day to better the lives of women and girls in our communities on June 17th, 2015. We also heard from inspirational speaker Jen Croneberger about her five secrets to success.
Workshops and events bring Chester County agencies,
leaders, and advocates together.
The Center for the Advancement of Girls invited the Fund to participate in the conference in September that provided high school girls with education inspiration and practical leadership skills