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Warmer Day

Representatives of A Warmer Day (blue shirts) in the photo are: (back, left to right), Sean Mulvaney, Dave Conde and Reuben Rieke; (front, left to right), Jill Fiddler, Heather Graewe, Melissa Haecker, Rev. Heather Brown (holding check), Kati Pfeiffer and Valerie Conde.

Two relatively new non-profits have joined forces to help protect needy Nebraskans from winter’s harsh elements.

As temperatures outside hovered around 20 degrees Dec. 7, members of a community-minded women’s business group made a five-figure donation to a new nonprofit that helps provide winter clothing for Nebraskans in need.

Lincoln’s first 100s of Women Who Care group presented a made-for-photo-opportunity check for $9,800 to A Warmer Day, which provides coats and other winter apparel for Nebraskans in need to do not have the means to protect themselves from Nebraska’s harsh winters.

“With several checks yet to come in, we expect to give over $10,000 to A Warmer Day,” said AshLea Allberry, one of the founders of 100s of Women Who Care. The group was founded 14 months ago by 21 of Lincoln’s women business leaders.

The group of women has a simple model. Local non-profits are suggested by attendees, three are picked at random, and those three women pitch their ideas. The entire group then votes on the non-profit who should receive funds.

‘Simple model, big goals’

“We are a group with a simple model and big goals,” said Allberry, vice president at Nanonation, Inc. “The women who lead the group have a passion for our community and giving back,” she noted. “This group fills the gap between pure networking and philanthropic organizations. As such, we will be a group of women who give and network in a substantial way, in one single evening.”

Funds for the donation to A Warmer Day were raised Nov. 15 at the 100’s of Women Who Care quarterly event at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, sponsored by the Woods-Aitken Law Firm. A Warmer Day board member Jill Fiddler was one of the three women to have their cards selected at the event and spoke on behalf of A Warmer Day.

A Warmer Day becomes the fifth beneficiary of proceeds donated by 100s of Women Who Care, joining CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), The Bay, Fresh Start Home, and the Autism Network. The next quarterly event is March 9, 2017 at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 33rd and Holdrege streets, and will be sponsored by Pinnacle Bank.

About A Warmer Day

Dave Conde, founder and president of A Warmer Day, said the new non-profit is focused on making sure that no mother has to send her children out in the cold without a coat, no veteran goes cold and no senior citizen has to face the brutal Nebraska winter unprepared.

All donations to A Warmer Day go towards helping Nebraskans in need. Conde said winter clothing purchased from the contribution from 100s of Women Who Care was distributed earlier this month at People’s City Mission and the Barnabas Community Store. A third distribution will be made in January at the Open Door Mission in Omaha.

To learn more

To learn how you can help A Warmer Day, visit www.awarmerday.org or call (402) 480-7463 or email info@awarmerday.org

To learn how you can get involved in the 100s of Women Who Care, contact AshLee Allberry at (308) 627-3390.

100s of Women Who Care is patterned after a men’s group in Lincoln that started in in early 2015. Combined, the two chapters have raised approximately $200,000 for causes in the community.

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