Five years, several hundred women and more than $150,000 donated to local nonprofits was cause for a champagne toast as 100 Women Who Care Colorado Springs met for their anniversary on July 19.
The Warehouse welcomed the celebrants who are in one of 490 national chapters. "It's hard to believe it has been five years," said co-founder Jackie Gunn.
Those participating pledge $100 per quarter and get together one hour each of those quarters for a social evening. Nonprofits are nominated, three names are drawn at random for short presentations, a vote is taken and one nonprofit receives that event's check, potentially receiving an instant $10,000.
The recipient this time was Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center. Nancy Harrison's and Jamie McFadden's presentation had brought many guests to tears with descriptions of riding programs that have a major impact on young and old clients and those with developmental disabilities. The women will return next quarter to describe how the money was put to use.
Describing how they had used the donation from the group's April event was Nick Palarino of Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence and its Veteran and Family Resource Center.
On the drawing board is a possible collaborative meeting with 100 Men Who Care Colorado Springs.
For information about the group: 100womenwhocarecoloradosprings.com