100s of Women Who Care founders

Founders of the 100s of Women Who Care organization at the Lincoln Community Foundation garden are (front, from left): Angie Brauner, Ashley Abramson, AshLea Allberry, Ann Willet, Katie Kock, Bethany Arnold; (back, from left) Ellen Beans, Lisa Smith, Brett Ebert, Rachel Glock, Ava Thomas, Jessica States and Kim Robak. Not Pictured: Katie Bateman, Lindsay Howe, Marilyn Johnson Farr, Kathleen Neary, Melissa Newton, Glenda Pierce, Kristin Yates and Katie Zulkoski.

PHOTO BY MARK SCHWANINGER

The 100s of Women Who Care group reached its initial goal of donating $100,000 to Lincoln nonprofit organizations last summer and will mark its two-year anniversary in October.

Since 21 Lincoln women business leaders founded the group in October 2015, hundreds of women have attended quarterly events that have raised funds for seven local nonprofit organizations. Those benefiting from the funds so far are CASA, The Bay, Autism Family Network, Fresh Start, A Warmer Day, MilkWorks and No Footprint Too Small.

“Some of the non-profits are familiar organizations, while others gave members an opportunity to gain awareness of the services they provide to our community,” said AshLea Allberry, one of the group’s founders and vice president at Nanonation. “I had never heard of A Warmer Day, which provides coats and other winter apparel to those in need, or No Footprint Too Small, which supports mothers and families who have experienced pregnancy and/or infant loss. One of our group’s founders, Brett Ebert, brought that organization to the group’s attention during our event in June. We were able to give them over $10,000.”

At 100s of Women Who Care quarterly events, each woman who attends donates $100 to a local nonprofit selected by the group. Attendees nominate local nonprofits, three are picked at random, three women pitch why each of the nonprofits deserves the group’s support, and then the entire group votes to determine the winning nonprofit that will receive the funds.

The events are designed for women who want to give back to the Lincoln community but don’t have a lot of time in their busy lives. Attendees enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres paid for by local sponsoring businesses.

“We have zero costs due to our sponsors providing the food, drinks and venues,” Allberry said. About 125 women attend each quarterly event.

The most recent event took place Sept. 20 at the Cornhusker Marriott. Sponsors were the Lincoln Journal Star and Union Bank & Trust. The next event will be a joint effort with the 100s of Men Who Care group in November.

The 100s of Women Who Care fund is part of the Lincoln Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information about 100s of Women Who Care and the next quarterly meeting, see the group’s Facebook page or contact Allberry at ashlea.allberry@gmail.com or 308-627-3390.

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