Dear WGC Donors and Friends,
Barb Van Winkle Remarks WGC Annual Celebration 2018
Wow – what a night on Monday!
Barb Van Winkle Remarks WGC Annual Celebration 2018We celebrated “WGC by the Numbers – 17 Years of Growth and Impact” and we heard from our wonderful Keynote Speaker Rayna DuBose, who discussed “Strength, Power & Engagement: Growing and Giving in Our Community.”
Rayna was an inspiration as she told us an incredibly moving story about overcoming adversity and finding her purpose. And, she shared with us her thoughts on giving in our community.
Thanks to all of you who joined us – it was wonderful to see so many new faces, and long-time supporters! The room was full, and so were our hearts and minds.
READ THE FULL OCTOBER 2018 WGC ENEWS HERE
Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair
October 15, 2018
Barb Van Winkle, WGC Chair – Remarks, Annual Celebration: “WGC By the Numbers”
View the WGC “By the Numbers” Presentation Here
I am thrilled to see all of you! So many faces of long-time friends and supporters, and so many new faces – this speaks volumes about the Women’s Giving Circle, our past, present and future. Our “circle” continues to overlap and grow. Thank you for being here!
My name is Barb Van Winkle and I am the Chair of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County. I’ve been involved with the WGC for years, but this is the first year that I have the honor and privilege of welcoming you as the Chair.
I want to thank Howard Community College and Missy Mattey for allowing us to use this beautiful space and have our Annual Celebration in the Horowitz Center! And a big thank you to Lupa for the delicious food we have all been enjoying, and Beth Harbinson of SOBAR for her delicious non-alcoholic drinks!
I’d like to give you a little snapshot of the growth and strength of our circle today, by highlighting all of you – By the Numbers:
5 important numbers that are the catalyst for our growth:
Just look at the support in this room! This support is what has made the WGC what it is today – let’s take a look, By the Numbers.
10 important facts about who we are:
10 ways we’ve made a difference this past year:
I hope our 2018 WGC By the Numbers overview and these photos have inspired you as much as it has me – it fuels all of us to continue to work together to support women and girls in our community. I’m feeling the need to support one another perhaps more than ever this year. So, to that end, I celebrate with you, I thank you, and I’m inspired by you.
Wow – what a night last night!
We celebrated “WGC by the Numbers – 17 Years of Growth and Impact”, highlighted by WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle, and heard from our incredibly inspiring Keynote Speaker Rayna DuBose, who discussed “Strength, Power & Engagement: Growing and Giving in Our Community.”
Thanks to all of you who joined us – it was wonderful to see so many new faces, and long-time supporters!
The room was full, and so were our hearts and minds.
#givingtogether #strongwomenstronggirlsstrongworld #WGCAM18
October 5, 2018
The Baltimore Sun
Rayna DuBose owns six sets of prosthetics, but her favorite pair is her “girly girl legs.”
The coach for Marriotts Ridge High School — whose hands and feet were amputated in 2002 after she contracted meningitis as a college freshman on a basketball scholarship — likes that they’re designed for 6-inch stiletto heels.
DuBose, who also has prosthetic hands, is quite at ease discussing such personal aspects of her life, and sees no barriers to achieving her goals.
“Without struggle, there is no progress. I say that a lot,” said the Columbia native, whose focus as an assistant football coach at Marriotts Ridge is teaching mental toughness. She’s also head coach of the Mustangs’ junior varsity boys basketball team.
The Oakland Mills High School graduate is also comfortable addressing large gatherings, which she’ll do Oct. 15 at the annual celebration of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, a philanthropy founded in 2002 to benefit women and girls.
DuBose will speak on “Strength, Power & Engagement: Growing and Giving in Our Community.” The fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Howard Community College in Columbia.
During a brainstorming session several months ago, DuBose’s name was suggested by a member of the Women’s Giving Circle who had heard her speak and viewed her as the personification of female strength and empowerment — two attributes integral to the nonprofit’s mission.
“Rayna is such an incredible woman and we’re thrilled she is coming to speak to us,” said Barb Van Winkle, who became chairwoman of the philanthropy’s advisory board in July.
DuBose’s 35th birthday falls on the event’s date, so Van Winkle has arranged for a cake to celebrate the occasion. The annual meeting is open to women who are interested in joining or finding out more about the organization.
“This is about the power of collective giving,” Van Winkle said.
“Our message is that women of all incomes and at all stages of life can be philanthropists,” said Van Winkle, noting that more than 1,000 donors have raised $1 million, half of which has been distributed through 100 education-based grants.
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