Annual Event on Thursday, September 29th

The Women’s Giving Circle of Marinette and Menominee counties, a committee of the M&M Area Community Foundation, will award $5,800 in grants next month.

WGC will hold its annual gathering and awards ceremony on Thursday, September 29th from 5 to 7pm, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marinette.

Grant awards will be made at 5:30 p.m., following a 5 p.m. social hour featuring appetizers.

The event is open to area women with an interest in philanthropy and connecting with like-minded women. There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted to help defray administrative costs.

During the event, the Women’s Giving Circle will also announce its Queen Marinette Award, which honors a local woman who gives back to her community and serves as an example for both girls and women.

This year, the WGC will partner with Project Give to collect diaper bags and diaper bag items for new mothers. New diapers, cloth or disposable, baby bottles, sippy cups, baby wipes, baby powder, diaper cream and hand wipes will be accepted. Shelby Beck of Project Give will be one of the event’s presenters.

The Women’s Giving Circle began in 2008 when an anonymous female donor made a gift to the foundation to support women’s philanthropy. The WGC mission is to support local projects that are important to women and girls throughout Marinette and Menominee counties.

To attend the September 29th event, please call

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The Women’s Giving Circle is seeking nominations for its 3rd annual Queen Marinette Award.

The award was created in 2014 to recognize and honor an inspirational woman who is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community. Past recipients include Sarah Hanson of the Healthy Youth Coalition and Michell Hampton of the Greater Marinette Menominee YMCA.

The award is named for the woman known as Queen Marinette, reportedly born Marie Antoinette Chevalier in Langlade County in 1784. The granddaughter of a Menominee Chief and a Canadian trader, Marie Antoinette started a trading post near the mouth of the Menominee River. It flourished, and her home became a social center for the area. Marinette gained a reputation for her generous and charitable nature and is credited with helping the area prosper from a small fur trading settlement to the booming twin city area of Marinette and Menominee.

She was held in such high esteem that members of the community came to call her “Queen Marinette”. Given that women rarely occupied positions of prominence in the commercial world of the nineteenth century, Marinette was one of the most remarkable figures in the early history of the Great Lakes region.

"The award will be given to a woman who reflects the spirit of Queen Marinette: generous with her time, community minded, and respected by peers," said Pam Losinski, who chairs the WGC Events Committee.

The community is invited to submit nominations online or via the mail. Nomination submissions should state how the nominee helps women and girls achieve their goals, how she serves as a role model and gives time, talent or resources to better the community. Nominees must live, work, or volunteer in Marinette or Menominee counties. Members of the Women’s Giving Circle Steering Committee and/or the grant committee are not eligible for this award.

The deadline for nominations is September 9, 2016. Nominations may be submitted online at: Alternately, a letter may be mailed to the M&M Area Community Foundation, 1110 10th Avenue, Suite L-1, Menominee, MI 49858.