CCFWG Hosts Virtual Programming to Raise Awareness of COVID-19 Impacts on Women and Girls

Virtual Second Annual Girls in Action SummitPanelists at last year’s Summit spoke to attendees about how to take action and inspire change in their own schools and communities.

WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (CCFWG) has responded to COVID-19 through innovative programs to raise awareness about the pandemic’s impacts on local women and girls.

First, CCFWG is inviting all high school girls in grades 9-12 to attend its second annual Girls in Action Summit on Monday, May 18, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 pm. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CCFWG will be hosting a virtual Summit.

Inspired by CCFWG’s award-winning Girls Advisory Board (GAB) girls’ grantmaking and leadership program, the Summit engages high school girls throughout Chester County for an empowering afternoon of action. Attendees will learn about the deep and varied needs in their communities while engaging in strategic grantmaking.

As a Summit participant, each girl will have the chance to:

  • Connect virtually with fellow teens throughout Chester County
  • Hear from leaders of local non-profits about how COVID-19 is impacting the women and girls they serve
  • Be inspired by keynote speaker Mo’ne Davis
  • Give back to the community by helping award two $500 grants to local non-profits
  • Learn about local girls with their own businesses and other resources for girls
Summit 2
Non-profit leaders presented to attendees on issues that impact the women and girls they serve. This year’s Summit will incorporate the same empowering themes, but in a virtual format.

CCFWG ask you to encourage the young women in your life to register here by the morning of May 18th.

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Additionally, CCFWG expressed gratitude to their generous event sponsors: Chester County Women’s Commission, Capacity for Change, 2120 Creative, Helena Astolfi, Judi and Tim Bell, and  Commissioner Marian Moskowitz.

CCFWG Hosts Virtual 15th Annual Making a Difference Luncheon on June 5th

For the first time in its 15-year history, the CCFWG Annual Making a Difference Luncheon is going virtual. It will no longer be held as an in-person event while stay-at-home restrictions remain in place, and will instead become a virtual event hosted on Friday, June 5th, 2020, from 12:30-1:45 pm. Click here to register.

Virtual Luncheon
Keynote speaker Dr. Janet Dewart Bell (far left) and Kitchen Table Award honoree Pat Yoder (bottom, second from right) feature in the virtual lineup.

The virtual Luncheon program will feature award-winning keynote speaker Dr. Janet Dewart Bell, a social justice advocate, renowned speaker and author of Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement. Her accomplishments include an Emmy for outstanding individual achievement and programming for National Public Radio that was honored with a Peabody award. Dr. Bell will speak to the connections between the Suffrage Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and our current climate today.

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Additionally, CCFWG will honor local unsung hero Patricia Yoder with its Kitchen Table Award for her work on behalf of mothers and children as the Chester County Health Department’s maternal-child health supervisor. Each year, the Kitchen Table Award honors local women who have made substantive contributions through service and/or philanthropy through their own time, talent or resources. Pat has played a critical role in minimizing barriers to care and connecting families to much needed resources.

Downingtown native and Broadway actress Mary Kate Morrissey will also provide exciting entertainment to virtual attendees. Mary Kate stars in the national tour of Mean Girls. In the past, she also starred as Elphaba in the national tour of Wicked. CCFWG is thrilled to have her join the Luncheon lineup while she’s home in Chester County.

Finally, CCFWG will continue its celebration of the Centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote at the Luncheon this year by encouraging all virtual Luncheon attendees to snap a selfie of their white or purple attire in honor of the early suffragists who fought to secure voting rights for many women in our country. Supporters are encouraged to post selfies on social media and tag CCFWG on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter at @ccwomenandgirls.

All proceeds from this event support programs at CCFWG that aim to bring about gender equality, a key ingredient to our whole community’s ability to grow and thrive. In these uncertain times, CCFWG’s sponsors have continued to uplift and support our work to ensure another successful Luncheon this year.

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CCFWG expressed the thankfulness to their sponsors for their support: Barbara M. Jordan; Chase Law Group; Land Services USA; Anonymous; Judi and Tim Bell; The Desmond; MacElree Harvey; Mill Creek Advisors, LLC; People 2.0; Poretta & Orr; Tolsdorf Oil & Lube Express; Denise A. Wine, Financial Advisor, VP-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors; WSFS Bank; Nancy and Michael McLelland; Cate and Tom Sennett; Mary Lou Sterge; 20/10 Solutions; 2120 Creative; Abel Brothers Towing and Automotive, Inc.; Agnes Irwin Center for the Advancement of Girls; Alderfer’s Auction; BBD, LLP; Brite Realty Services, Inc.; Pam and Jeff Bryer; Buckley, Brion McGuire & Morris, LLP; Capacity for Change; Countryside Consulting; Dave’s Automotive and Repair; Mike Diggin – RE/MAX Town & Country; First Resource Bank; Kleinbard LLC; Main Line Health; Commissioner Marian Moskowitz; Meridian Bank; Monarch Staffing; Rosa Garza Moore and Chris Moore; Lisa Passante; Barbara Spellman; Roberta Torian; Mary Ann and Sam Wagner; and Penelope Wilson.

To join CCFWG, contact Development Director Dana Wiley at [email protected] or 484-356-0940.

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