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April 2016

By April 25, 2016Archives, Newsletter

President’s Message

April 2016 News Brief
President’s Message

Dear Members,

This month is special! It is the annual culmination of what WRWF stands for – collective giving at its best. With this year’s vote, we have awarded over a quarter of a million dollars to the community non-profits in order to make them strong and their programs viable. And you as a member of WRWF have played an integral part in this by just belonging to our organization.

The Grants Committee has gathered information from the grantees, visited their sites, sponsored presentations about them, and prepared the ballot to include the worthiest Blaine County applicants. You have voted and now we are announcing our grant recipients in this issue of the news brief.

Charlotte Unger, who Co-Chairs the Grants Committee, along with Lynne Heidel, Gina Wolcott, and Kat Vanden Heuvel, says that, “We had 189 voters representing 71% of our membership,” an amazing percentage of WRWF women voting. Now these grantees can begin to change the community. Please come and meet every one of them at the Annual Meeting on August 2nd when we give out the awards.

Joanne Wetherell

WRWF President

ANNOUNCING GRANTS AWARDED FOR 2016-17! Grant Recipients Requesting Over $10,000 (Alphabetically)!
  • The Advocates, Domestic Violence Housing First $25,000
  • Blaine County Education Foundation, Signature Programs to support BCSD 
Students and Teachers $25,000
  • Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Increase BCSAR Seasonal Mobility with UTV $21,500
  • Hemingway Elementary School, Star Lab: An Exploration of the Stars, Moon and a Laser Show $13,100
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, Building Repair $14,000
  • Hunger Coalition and The Community Library, “Bloom” – Growing Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds $27,000
  • Lee Pesky Learning Center, Mental Health Services for Adolescents with Learning and Attention Issues $18,000
  • Little Wood River Public Library, Recycle and Rehabilitate the Little Wood River Library $20,000
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness [NAMI] – Wood River Valley, Sustainability, Marketing and Office Equipment Upgrade $25,000
  • Higher Ground Sun Valley and Blaine County Recreation District, Mainstreaming at Camp (MAC), requesting $20,000 Partial Funding based on Vote Count, $5,900
Total Grants Allocated to Requests over $10,000: $194,500 Grant Recipients Requesting $10,000 and Under (Alphabetically)
  • Environmental Resource Center, Pesticide Action Program, $10,000
  • Rotarun Ski Club, LASAR Afterschool Program for Children to Learn to Alpine Ski and Race $7,000
  • Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Elementary Strings Program Instrument Bank Project $10,000
  • NexStage Theatre, Drama Education Programs, requesting $7500 Partial Funding based on Vote Count, $3,100
  • Total Grants Allocated to Requests $10,000 and Under: $30,100
Projects not Funded
  • Hemingway Playground Fund, Hemingway Playground Renovation, $25,000
  • KDPI Drop In Radio, KDPI Localized Equipment, $15,000
  • Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Greenhouse Ventilation Project, $6,200
  • Wood River Land Trust, Rethinking Water: a community seminar on local water challenges and what we can do to address them, $15,200
Joanne Wetherell

Joanne Wetherell, President

Our Mission Statement

The WRWCF inspires and educates women to become leaders in philanthropy and brings significant, positive change to the community by pooling and distributing its members’ resources.

Wood River Womens Foundation

PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340

Please note that the old website address will take you to the new website

Mark Your Calendar:

Thursday, May 5th
A statewide, 24-hour giving day, all online!
Give to your favorite non-profit in Idaho!
Idaho Gives Day

Tuesday, May 17th
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Fox Creek Wines in Ketchum
Meet & Mingle

Thursday, June 23rd
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Jennifer Badish’s home.
“Tini” Party: New member orientation and welcome.

Wednesday, July 6th
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Anita Weisberg’s home, 25 Greenhorn Gulch, Hailey
Summer Social

Tuesday, August 2nd
11:30 – 2:00, Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge
Members Only
$35.00, Register on line!
Annual Meeting

Welcome New Members

Rea Hook
PO Box 262
Sun Valley, ID 83353

Patti Lindberg
PO Box 5797
Ketchum, ID 83340