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Virtual Annual Luncheon

November 17, 2020 • 12:00 - 1:30pm

We’re Thankful

Through the power of collective giving made possible by our incredible members, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem awarded $142,560 at our Fifteenth Annual Luncheon Celebration. With a mission to build economic security for women and girls in Forsyth County, members of The Women’s Fund come together to advance equity through the power of collective giving. Over the past 15 years, we have granted over $1.75 million to organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County.

Congratulations to this year's Grant Recipients:

  • Bethesda Center for the Homeless: $15,000 to provide emergency and supportive services to women who are homeless
  • Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina: $15,000 to support domestic violence survivors in evaluating their needs/barriers and connecting to community resources
  • City with Dwellings: $10,000 to hire and train up to three female staff to provide peer support for women experiencing homelessness
  • El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services: $15,000 to provide technology workshops for women
  • LEAD Girls of NC Inc: $15,000 to support programs designed to help middle school girls develop critical social and emotional skills
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic: $15,000 to support education, advocacy, and comprehensive health care services for sexual health
  • The Shalom Project: $15,000 to help women heads-of-household transition out of financial insecurity
  • The Wells Center, Inc “For Women in Transition”: $12,560 for a post-release program for formerly incarcerated women
  • Unity Women's Desk of the Moravian Church - in partnership with Estamos Unidos: $15,000 to purchase computers and teach technology skills to Latina mothers in the Sunnyside neighborhood
  • YWCA of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County: $15,000 to support a state-licensed recovery facility for women diagnosed with substance use disorders

The Fund also released its new online research report, Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County in 2020 and hosted a panel discussion around the issues and metrics uncovered in the report. To read the report, visit

Thank You to Our 2020 Corporate & Individual Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Leadership Sponsors

Gold Partner Sponsors

Silver Community Partners

Ms. Charlotte Hanes

Que Pasa Media

The Chronicle

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts

Trellis Supportive Care

Wells Fargo Foundation

WSSU/WSSU Foundation, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors

Excalibur Direct Marketing

Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP

M Creative

Piedmont Federal Savings Bank

The ACEY Group

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Tribute Gifts

Each year, members and community friends make generous gifts in tribute of those who have most influenced or touched their lives. Gifts in honor or memory of a friend or family member are an important way to support The Women's Fund with donations that help improve the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County. Below are the names of individuals who have made tribute gifts of $50 or more to The Women's Fund from October 19, 2019 through October 14, 2020.

Honorary Tributes

Beth Baldwin in honor of Liz Baldwin

Patricia A. Brown in honor of Connie Roy

Jane S. Caviness in honor of Anne G. Wilson

David E. Clinard in honor of Julie Clinard Townsend and Frances Wilson

Jeanette W. Crockett in honor of Janie Butler Wilson and Mary Craig Wilson Tenille

Anne S. Curlett in honor of Lynn Eisenberg

M. S. Dobyns in honor of Laura Jean Wagner

Ellen (Ellie) Fine in honor of Karen Pranikoff

Julie A. Freischlag in honor of Lilicia Bailey

Elnora W. Gore in honor of Claudia Kennedy

Frances L. Huffman in honor of Marjorie Northup

Heidi V. Krowchuk in honor of Dr. Mary Lou Moore and Dr. Dean Clifford

Dianne H. Lytle in honor of Amy Lytle

Debbie Marshall in honor of Gwenn Clements

Elizabeth Martin in honor of Laura Young

Jane Z. Martin in honor of Mary Jamis

David Moffatt in honor of Anne Garvey

Ashley Pearce in honor of Libby Trull

Karen Pranikoff in honor of Ellie Fine and Jeanne Sayers

Lisa P. Purcell in honor of Andrea Hulighan and Shamika Starke

Mae L. Rodney in honor of Gwenn Clements, Claudia Kennedy and Andrea Hulighan

Daisy Rodriguez-Besse in honor of Ariana Brothers

Maureen Rukstalis in honor of Donna Chisholm

Margaret Scales in honor of Emmy Lewis

Sandra M. Sheldon in honor of Laura Young

Scott F. Wierman in honor of Lauren Wierman

Laura Young in honor of Lisa Gfeller

Memorial Tributes

Stephanie T. Brooks in memory of Evelyn M. Teague

Patricia A. Brown in memory of Sue Wall and Sandy Poehling

Gwenn S. Clements in memory of Bertha Steward Lewis

From Lisa Gfeller, Laura Young, and Sandy Sheldon in memory of our dear friend, Irene Burton

H. D. Holding in memory of Mamie Pearce Bunn

Adrienne A. Livengood in memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Katherine T. McGinnis in memory of Anna Tucker McGinnis

The Women's Fund Dem Dames Group in memory of Sarah Barnhardt

Kathy Orms in memory of Mary Sue Beckman

Louise B. Pollard in memory of Nell Tucker Brock

Dana Stallings in memory of my mother, Lea H. Loftis

Ms. Brooke Johnson Suiter in memory of Betty and Gick Johnson

Linda Winikoff in memory of Shirley Z. Heckert and Irene Burton

Nancy N. Young in memory of Mildred Neal and Ann Ring

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