Skip to main content

April 2017 Newsletter

By April 17, 2017Archives, Newsletter


Now, in April, we can savor the satisfaction of all we have worked for during the past year. I am thrilled to announce that we have awarded close to a quarter of a million dollars to community non-profits for 2017. Those who were funded were the top priorities among all of you who voted.

You, our members, have made these grants possible, and I hope you share my pride as you realize how much benefit these funds will bring to our community and the many ways in which those benefits will be realized.

We owe a great debt to the Grants Committee, chaired by Lynne Heidel and Gina Wolcott, who were supported by four dozen other committed, diligent members. The committee screened the applications from prospective grantees, visited their sites, sponsored presentations about them, and prepared the ballot to include the worthiest Blaine County applicants. Once again, a huge thank you.

The grants will be given out on July 31st at our annual meeting. Please come and share in our celebration of the power of collective giving.

Joanne Wetherell
WRWF President


Grant Recipients Requesting Over $10,000 (Alphabetically)

  • Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault $25,000

        Domestic Violence Housing First

  • Blaine County Senior Council, dba Senior Connection $25,000

        Available, Accessible and Affordable Transportation For Seniors

  • Blaine County Education Foundation $25,000

        Signature Programs

  • The Hunger Coalition $25,000

        Bloom Youth Project

  • Lava Lake Institute for Science and Conservation $14,898

        Wood River Wolf Project

  • Sun Valley Summer Symphony $19,840

        Elementary Strings Program Instrument Bank Phase 2

  • Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center $25,000

        Horse Power

  • Wood River Community YMCA $25,000

        Power Scholars Academy Camp

  • Wood River Land Trust $22,565

        Nature Preserve in the Heart of Hailey

Grants $10,000 and Under (Alphabetically)

  • Girls on the Run $8200

        Volunteer Coach Training and Support Initiatives

  • Hailey Ice $10,000

        Free Skate Nights and Kids’ Programming

  • KDPI $1,286

        Operation Upgrade

  • Kiwanis Club of Hailey and Wood River Valley $10,000

        Balmoral Park

  • Rotarun $10,000

        Sustainable Slopes Snowmaking Project Phase 1

President’s Closing Statement

Over the coming year we will have the pleasure of following the implementation of the funded projects and monitoring the impact of our grants on our community. We hope that so many of you, our members, will stay actively involved in serving on various committees as you have in the past. Together we are accomplishing a great deal for the common good.

Joanne Wetherell

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 4th
Idaho Gives Day
A statewide, 24-hour giving day, all online!

Give to your favorite non-profit in Idaho!

Thursday, June 22nd
The New Member ‘tini Orientation
Home of Carrie Morrow 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Monday, July 31st
12th Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon
Trail Creek Cabin
Members Only
$35.00, Register online!

Welcome New Members:

Pegan Brooke
PO Box 6108
Ketchum, ID 83340

Sonia Munoz
PO Box 5973
Hailey, ID 83333

Teri Szombathy
PO Box 2996
Ketchum, ID 83340

News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats

Susan Jackson

Peggy Grove


Judy Cahill

Charlotta Harris

News Brief Team:

Alice Calvert
Janet DeBard
Peggy Grove
Louisa Moats
Julie Weston