Over $30,000 raised for MCEF at 100+ WWC Meeting

Local philanthropic group 100+ Women Who Care donated recently $30,000 to the Montgomery County Educational Foundation. Pictured are: (from left) Bonnie Smith, Connie Froggatt, Dr. Lois Graham, Dr. Mark Miear, Gunin Kiran, Annie Whitaker, Sarah Black and Debbie Sherman-Lee.

What started as a small group of women contributing about $5,000 at their first meeting a couple years ago has grown into a quarterly event that most recently raised over $30,000 in less than an hour.

At the 100+ Women Who Care NRV Spring Quarter meeting, the Montgomery County Educational Foundation received the majority vote to receive over $10,000 from 100+ WWC members and $5,000 from the 50 percent match by The Secular Society.

In addition, an anonymous donor stepped forward to provide a dollar-for-dollar match of the original $15,000 raised for a grand total of over $30,000!

“This award will be used to sustain the MCEF Annual Creative Writing and Poetry Contest for the next five years. These funds will also provide an educator grant of $1,000 per year and a student competition travel grant of $1,000 per year for the next five years,” explained Connie Froggatt, school board member, president of MCEF and 100+ WWC member presenter.

“The remaining contribution will be placed in the Foundation’s endowment fund, which will help sustain grant programs beyond five years. This award will benefit thousands of MCPS students both immediately and in the future,” she said.

The Montgomery County Educational Foundation is a public foundation committed to supporting public schools by providing grants to teachers, students, staff and school organizations based on a grant proposal review process. Funds are available for all grade levels pre-K through 12th. For more information, visit montcoef.org.

All interested women are invited to join the 100+ WWC to support local not-for-profits that make the New River Valley a better place to live. The group’s membership area includes the counties of Montgomery, Giles, Pulaski, Floyd and the City of Radford.

The 100+ WWC meet quarterly on the third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October. For more information, visit www.100womenwhocarenrv.com or email nrv100wwc@gmail.com.

Their next meeting is Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 6:15pm at Bull & Bones at First & Main in Blacksburg.