We Stand in Solidarity
The Community Foundation of Howard County, the Horizon Foundation, and the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County stand in solidarity with women across our community who are shocked and saddened by today’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This decision denies women the right to make health care decisions about their own bodies previously deemed to be a constitutional right for the past 50 years. The decision disproportionately impacts low-income women and women of color who historically lack equal access to health care. As philanthropists who have come together to speak out against injustices and who care deeply about women’s rights, racial equity and reproductive health as part of overall maternal and child health, we strongly condemn this decision. We will work to ensure all women in Maryland are able to access a full range of reproductive health services and will continue to stand in solidarity with all who oppose this rollback of women’s rights.
Wow - what a night!
Thank you to everyone who joined us in a sea of pink for our WGC 20th Anniversary Pink Party in the Park on June 15. After several years of virtual gatherings, it was wonderful to celebrate the WGC's 20th Anniversary Year together in person on a beautiful summer night on the outside patio at the Robinson Nature Center.
We heard from:
We enjoyed individual charcuterie boxes from Chef Jamila of The 3rd, two specialty non-alcoholic drinks from Sobar - the "Party Pink" and the "Celebration", and pink wine and champagne from The Wine Bin. We invited everyone to wear something pink - and what a beautiful sight it was! We had a photographer snapping pictures and a selfie frame, and we are posting photos using the hashtag #wgcpinkpartyinthepark - check out our Pink Party in the Park Photo Album below. We listened to music from our ever-expanding women's empowerment playlist - let us know what we should add! And, guests left with WGC 20th Anniversary Committee commemorative glasses and a 20th Anniversary cookie from Sweet Nubbins Bakery.
Many thanks to our WGC 20th Anniversary Sponsors - we appreciate your investment in the WGC, and thus women and girls in Howard County.
Thank you all for joining us to celebrate what we have accomplished together the last 20 years by pooling our dollars so we can have a bigger impact together than we might otherwise have alone.
This, is the power of a giving circle.
Thank you for being a part of the WGC!
The 2022 WGC Advisory Board
Leadership Howard County, which seeks to empower leaders to strengthen and transform the community, graduated the Leadership Premier 2022 class and recognized community leaders and alumni for their service to Howard County at the organization’s annual awards and graduation. The event took place on Tuesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom at 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville.
Leadership Howard County presented awards to:
Leadership Howard County provides innovative programs designed to empower and connect community leaders and keep them engaged in the critical issues facing Howard County and the region. Drawn from private businesses, nonprofits and the public sector, Leadership Howard County participants share a common interest in learning more about their community and a commitment to making a positive impact. (www.leadershiphc.org)
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
"I have been volunteering all my adult life, though with my own children grown and flown, I have more time to devote championing the cause of LGBTQ+ young people and helping elevate their voices against their oppression ...
... Now that legislatures across our country are trying to pass laws to prevent these children from living their lives as their genuine selves, this work has become increasingly important."
- Susan Gerb
Learn more about the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories", an ongoing series of giving profiles designed to celebrate women's philanthropy and amplify the voices of women and girls in Howard County.
Double click the profile to the left to read it as a large PDF - enjoy!