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Nine Grants Awarded at 2021 Annual Luncheon

November 17, 2021


We're Thankful

Through the power of collective giving made possible by our incredible members, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem awarded nine grants at our Sixteenth 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. Over the past 16 years, we have granted over $1.85 million to organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County. The recording of the luncheon is available here.

congrats to this year's Grant Recipients:

  • Children’s Law Center of Central NC: $15,000 to support domestic violence survivors in evaluating their needs and barriers and connecting them to community resources.
  • City with Dwellings: $15,000 to support a women's peer support program for women experiencing homelessness.
  • Eliza’s Helping Hands is awarded $15,000 for the PEARLS program. PEARLS (Preparing Eager Achievers to Redirect their Lives Successfully) strives to provide holistic support to African-American and Latina/Hispanic girls ages 12 – 17.
  • Imprints Cares: $15,000 for the Pediatric Parenting Connections program to provide young moms with post-natal health and parenting support.
  • LEAD Girls: $15,000 to support programs designed to help middle school girls develop critical social and emotional skills.
  • Neighborhood’s Hands: $15,000 for the Girls Rise Up program. This program provides tutoring, mentoring, educational workshops, and health and wellness activities for girls of color to improve confidence and emotional well-being.
  • Salem Academy: $4,850 for the Girl Up Mentor Program that encourages middle school girls to attend college.
  • The Wells Center: $12,560 to work with women in the Forsyth County Detention Center and those who have recently been released.
  • YWCA of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County: $15,000 to support the Hawley House, a state-licensed recovery facility for women diagnosed with substance use disorder.


Thank You to Our 2021 Corporate & Individual Sponsors

Platinum Leadership Sponsor

Gold Partner Sponsor

Silver Community Sponsors

Que Pasa Media

The Chronicle

Trellis Supportive Care

Truliant Federal Credit Union

Winston-Salem State University/Winston-Salem State University Foundation


Bronze Sponsors

Excalibur Direct Marketing

Habitat for Humanity

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Piedmont Federal Savings Bank

Summit School

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 15, 2020 through October 15, 2021.

Honorary Tributes

Lisa Alley in honor of Susan

Dr. Betty Alexander in honor of Dr. Leila L. Vickers

Beth Bealle in honor of Joy Nelson Thomas

Jean M. Burroughs in honor of Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs

Jane S. Caviness in honor of Kay Lord

Anne Collins in honor of Jennifer Johnson

Michelle M. Cook in honor of Camille Cook Davenport, Briana M. Graham, and Schilicia A. Cook

Mary K. DeShazer in honor of Patti Patridge

M. Susan Dobyns and Hugh W. Jernigan Jr. in honor of Danielle Keever

Mary M. Dudley in honor of Bingle Lewis and Rosemary Ehle

Nancy Dunn in honor of Kathy Ausen

Brenda K. Evans in honor of Ginny Britt

Carolyn R. Ferree in honor of Dr. Kathryn Greven, Sandy Wiles, RN, and Bennie Breece

Ellen Fine in honor of Karen Pranikoff

Julie Freischlag in honor of Zoe Roethle and Maisey Roethle

Baling Gaspar in honor of Melissa Caps

Elnora W. Gore in honor of Mrs. Claudia Goodson Kennedy, Mrs. Betty Alexander, and Mrs. Gwenn Clements

Willisia Holbrook in honor of Sandra Fishel-Booth

Annette Lynch in honor of Andrea Hulighan and Shamika Starke

Dianne H. Lytle in honor of Amy Lytle

Kathy Manizza in honor of Daisy Taylor

Francis Rivers Meza in honor of Dr. Mercedes Meza de Rivers

Lisa Norman in honor of Betty Sponder

Mark Packer in honor of Head Coach Jen Hoover and Wake Forest Women’s Basketball

Lynn Parsley in honor of Mary E. Brown, Kathy Ausen, and Suzanne Clark

Katherine Pranikoff in honor of Ellie Fine

Paula Robinson in honor of Andrea Hulighan

Daisy Rodriguez-Besse in honor of Ariana Brothers

Wynn Tanner in honor of Robin Ervin

Nancy Tuohy in honor of Terra Snider and Catrice Adams at Stephens, Inc.

Margaret Turner in honor of Laura Turner

Ramon Velez in honor of Rose Crafton

Sonia Velez in honor of Mrs. Rose Sparks Crafton and Mrs. Aurelia Hill-Mack

Eliza Walmsley in honor of Nancy Young

Claudette Weston in honor of Gwenn Clements

Mary Lynn Wigodsky in honor of Dr. Martha Hinkle Fleer

Martha Wood in honor of Virginia K. Newell

Laura Young in honor of Lisa Gfeller

Memorial Tributes

Dr. Betty Alexander in memory of Mrs. Bertha T. Roundtree

Kimberly K. Baker in memory of Robin Baker

Dorothy W. Barrett in memory of Anita Bain

Mary M. Dudley in memory of Lydia Phillips McCabe

Wesley Isley in memory of Mabelline Mitchell

Martha R. Lowry in memory of Mary Lou Riggs

Susan McBurney in memory of Anita Bain and Helen Beloof

Katherine T. McGinnis in memory of Laura Phail, Sarah Barnhardt, Marg Koch, and Anna Tucker McGinnis

Joann Mount in memory of Laura Phail

Lisa Norman in memory of Idawee Bowen

Emily H. Parker in memory of Anita Bain

Daya Patton in memory of Clarice George

Louise B. Pollard in memory of Dr. Harold C. Pollard, III

Lisa P. Purcell in memory of Irene Cohn Pandres

Irma Richardson in memory of Irma Lee Moore

Nancy Young in memory of Mildred Neal and Ann Ring

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