LAWRENCEVILLE - "Campaigning for a cause" is the driving force behind the Women's Legacy of United Way in Gwinnett, which granted more than $53,000 to 19 Gwinnett nonprofit organizations at a luncheon held Wednesday.
The event began with an opportunity to network and mingle, as well as enjoy lunch and included messages from Renee Byrd-Lewis and Judge Melodie Conner who served as co-chairs for this year's Women's Legacy Awards.
According to Women's Legacy Program Manager Paige Havens, 32 organizations applied for grant sponsorship this year.
"At the Legacy Awards Gala that we had in March, we raised over $53,000 with the goal of donating the proceeds back into the community," Havens said. "This is the third year we have had this, with different groups applying each year."
Havens said the Women's Legacy likes to provide funds where it sees collaborative efforts and programs that have been started but need grounds to be able to sustain.
"We also want to encourage more women in the community to get involved," Havens said. "Everyone can be a philanthropist and you don't have to be able to stroke a big check."
According to Conner, it is a great feeling to be able to give money back to the community.
"It touches our hearts to be able to say to people 'yes, we can give you some money,'" Conner said. "With these funds United Way Women's Legacy in Gwinnett will enable emergency assistance to families in immediate crisis, a new computer lab for the mentally challenged as well as child care for low-income and homeless families."
Sheila Adcock, director of marketing and public relations at Emory Eastside Medical Center, received the Gwinnett Community Clinic's award on its behalf.
"The Women's Legacy of United Way in Gwinnett does a tremendous job and we are honored that they recognized what Gwinnett Community Clinic does," Adcock said. "We are very happy to receive the award because it is as they are giving us a pat on the back for what we have done."
This year's grant recipients include:
American Red Cross $2,000
Creative Enterprises $2,500
Family Promise $4,000
Foster Children's Foundation $2,500
Good Samaritan Health Center $4,000
Gwinnett Community Clinic $3,000
Hi Hope Service Center $3,000
Interlocking Communities $4,000
Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry $2,500
Norcross Cooperative Ministry $2,500
Norcross Meals on Wheels $1,000
North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry $2,500
Gwinnett Hospital System's OB/GYN Clinic $4,000
Quality Care for Children $2,000
Rainbow Village $2,500
The IMPACT Group $4,000
The Salvation Army $2,000
Sheltering Arms $4,000
J.M. Tull Gwinnett Family YMCA $1,000