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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 19, 2016

Women’s Giving Circle to Hold Annual Event on 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, in the social hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 917 Church Street, 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. In 2014, the first award was given to Michell Hampton of the Greater M&M YMCA. Last year, Sarah Hanson of the Healthy Youth Coalition was honored.

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.

The WGC Grant Committee makes awards on an annual basis. The next grant cycle will begin in mid-2017.

To attend the September 29th event, please call 715-952-2007 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 9, 2017

MMACF Hosts Women Empowering the
Community Event

Menominee, MI - In celebration of International Women's Day, the M&M Area Community Foundation is inviting community members to participate in a webinar presentation. Participants will join leaders from the Women’s Giving Circle of the MMACF to look at the transformative role of women in giving. This webinar is designed to examine how to build and sustain powerful relationships with women donors through giving circles and other avenues to effectively engage and invest in women and girls throughout Marinette and Menominee Counties.

This dynamic learning opportunity will take place from noon – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1st at the Bellin Health Marinette conference room and will be hosted by Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of The Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Dr. Marcia Cone founding CEO of the Women's Fund of Rhode Island. Meghan is passionate about addressing poverty issues by igniting public will and inspiring individuals, companies and foundations to collaborate in new ways. Marcia successfully advocates for policy advances, including women's leadership, representation and paid family leave.

Giving circles have become a powerful force in philanthropy, and women’s giving circles in particular have become a driving force to empower women donors from diverse backgrounds to make meaningful impact. Join us to learn more about the M&M Area Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle and how you can positively impact women! To RSVP for this free March 1st webinar, please contact Kerri at the MMACF at 906-864-3599. Light refreshments and coffee will be served.

You do not need to be a member of the Women’s Giving Circle to attend. However, if you would like to become a member, please contact Kerri at the MMACF for details.

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WOMEN’S GIVING CIRCLE SEEKS AWARD NOMINATIONS

For Immediate Release
Monday, August 15, 2016

The Women’s Giving Circle of Marinette & Menominee counties is seeking nominations for its third 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TV5R75. Alternately, a letter may be mailed to the M&M Area Community Foundation, 1110 10th Avenue, Suite L-1, Menominee, MI 49858.

The Queen Marinette Award will be presented at the Women’s Giving Circle Annual Meeting and Grant Ceremony on September 29th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Hall, Marinette.

The Women’s Giving Circle is an endowed fund with the M&M Area Community Foundation. Its mission is to support organizations that address issues of interest to women and girls, and to build a community of women to support and promote philanthropy in the Marinette-Menominee area.

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Women’s Giving Circle to hold ‘Stitch and Give’

For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 26th, 2017

The Women’s Giving Circle, a committee of the M&M Area Community Foundation, is combining cabin fever with craft making at a “Stitch & Give” event on set for February 12th at The Harbors.

The 1:30-3:30 p.m. event is open to Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) members and other area women who want to socialize and bond over needlework, from sewing to knitting.

“By February we all begin to feel the effects of winter and the need to get out and do something different,” says Robin Kinzer West, WGC’s chairperson. “We’re offering a chance for women to build community and friendships over needle and craft projects, a time-honored tradition.”

The event is aimed at sewers, knitters, crafters, quilters and others who want to help create items for newborn diaper bags, such as burp cloths, fleece blankets, hats and booties. Items will be donated to future diaper bag drives coordinated by Project Give.

In late 2016, WGC and Project Give collaborated on a month-long diaper bag drive for area newborns and their mothers. The effort collected 58 diaper bags, 1,400 diapers and much more.

“While we encourage Stitch & Give participants to work on baby items, we welcome any woman who wants to get out of the house for a few hours, work on a craft project, or learn a new skill, and maybe make new friends,” says West.

Adds WGC member Tina Oman, “This is the perfect event for people who want to learn to knit or pick up another new skill.”

Organizers also point out that there are plenty of jobs for those who just want to socialize, like cutting fabric and even serving refreshments.

WGC will supply fabric, yarn, fleece and supplies for simple projects such as burp cloths and baby bonnets. Donations for such items are being sought and may be dropped off at The Harbors, 1110 10th Ave., Menominee. Those who wish their donations to be picked up may call the Women’s Giving Circle at 715-952-2007.

There is no charge to participate. Refreshments will be served.

Women who wish to participate in Stitch & Give or who have questions may call the WGC at 715-952-2007. RSVPS may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.