What Rain Can't Damper
On a cold, rainy evening, 60 women braved damp weather to gather at Annette Davis' home. These women, part of a larger network of philanthropists, leaders, and leading professionals in our community, shared a common thread—as OPTIONS Alumnae. Representing 230 diverse women over ten classes of the OPTIONS program, attendees at the event last Tuesday reconnected with long-time acquaintances and networked with new ones. Lively conversation filled the space and the cold evening was long forgotten.
Women who attended the event enjoyed fantastic fare, which they noshed on while hearing Women's Fund updates and meeting current OPTIONS Alumnae (OA) President, Lindsey Rabinowich, incoming OA President, Myra Mariani and Advisory Board Vice Chair, Julie Manning Magid, who will be Chair from 2012 through 2013. A highlight of the presentation was learning about Project Home Indy from Kristen Schunk Moreland, Board President, and Sarah Nielsen, Program Administrator. Kristen shared about how the organization started, the importance of Women's Fund's support, and their process over the last seven years. Sarah informed all about the need for Project Home Indy's services, support they will provide homeless pregnant and parenting teen girls, and how they will track progress.
The event concluded with the much-anticipated "Favorite Things" gift basket drawing. Lora Smith won the basket of goodies, including OA Committee members' favorite things—such as wine, a massage gift certificate, Just Pop In popcorn, and Happeez Clips from Mayfair Lane.
Interacting with OA members is one of the most enjoyable parts of my work with Women's Fund. I always appreciate the energy and passion they bring to whatever they are doing—professional, personal, in the community, and at home. Tuesday's event was no exception. I am fortunate to have an opportunity to meet so many amazing women, and I am glad Women's Fund facilitates a program like OPTIONS to create common connections and bolster community leadership and philanthropy benefitting women and girls. This outcome is something even rain can't damper.