2016 Grant Allocations

2016 Grant Allocations

The board and staff of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge have recently completed our grant-making process.  We allocated $110,000 to 21 local non-profit organizations, and are thrilled to grant such an impressive amount. The Women’s Fund has now cumulatively given out over $1.1 million since our funds began.

The WFBR funds local non-profit programs that affect positive change to women’s financial, professional, and personal conditions, serve marginalized populations, use innovative techniques to help women and girls reach their full potential, and affect social change in the pursuit of fairness and justice.

We could only fulfill our mission with the help of our many wonderful members, donors, and community business partners.

Agencies supported by the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge 2016 grants include the following:

ACCESS (Appalachian State University:  Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success), Watauga County.  Allocation is for summer scholarships for ACCESS students, all of whom come from families below the poverty level.

A.S.H.E. (A Safe Home for Everyone), Ashe County.  Funds assist domestic violence survivors in transitioning into independent living situations, and to support middle schoolers in learning about healthy relationships.

Ashe Family Literacy, Ashe County. This program provides women the opportunity to complete their secondary education. Funds will be used for an Early Childhood Education Specialist to care for children while mothers are in class.

BRWIA (Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture), Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes, Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties.  Money given is for scholarships for women farmers to take business courses, and for capital investment grants through the Mary Boyer Food & Sustainability Agriculture Grant Program.

The Children’s Council, Watauga County.  Grant supports on-site childcare for mothers enrolled in the GED program.

Children’s Hope Alliance, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties.  Funds will be used to help women and girls with developmental disabilities.

Children’s Playhouse, Watauga County.  Support is for low income mothers to receive scholarship memberships to the Playhouse.

Community Care Clinic, Watauga County.  The WFBR supports dental care for Community Care Clinic patients, and vision care for uninsured female diabetics.

D.A.N.A (Domestic Violence is Not Acceptable), Alleghany County.  Funds will help women make transitions out of violent relationships.

F.A.R.M. Cafe, Watauga County.  Grant will provide meals for the TWC (Tokens for Women and Children) program.

Girls on the Run, Ashe, Avery, Watauga, Wilkes Counties.  Grant is for support for coach and council training, and for scholarships for participants.

Hospitality House Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey Counties.  Allocation is for women in the Emergency and Transitional Housing Programs.

Hunger and Health Coalition, Watauga County.  Grant will support the Red Hat Boxes (Senior Women Care program), and fund the Women’s Family Planning Initiative, which provides oral contraceptives at low to no cost.  

Mitchell County Safe Place, Mitchell County.  Domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse agency. Funds will be used for primary prevention education in middle schools.

Mountain Alliance, Watauga County. Grant will support the LIFT (Leadership Initiative for Female Teens) program.

NOSW (New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College), Avery County.  Funds support this free immersive educational program for low-income Appalachian Women.

OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter), Avery and Watauga Counties.  Allocation is for supporting emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors.

Two Rivers Community School, Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Watauga, and Wilkes counties. Grant will support the “She Hikes Alone” program for middle school girls in the Mountain Adventure program.

W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties.  Funds are for Total Family Development Program, which is for low-income women working towards self-sufficiency.

WeCAN (Watauga Crisis Assistance Network), Watauga County.  Allocation supports homelessness prevention program for women through funding for emergency rent, mortgage, and utility payments.

Western Youth Network, Watauga County.  Grant is to support The Girls Circle, helping marginalized girls with academic improvement and self-esteem.

Power of the Purse Luncheon 2015

Power of the Purse Luncheon 2015

Learn more about the Women’s Fund through this video from our annual Luncheon:

Thank you to all our Power of the Purse Donors and Sponsors

Thank you to all who sponsored and

donated to the

2016 Power of the Purse Luncheon

Westglow Resort & Spa
Kathleen Kennedy-Olsen Fund of the Ethel & W. George Kennedy Family Foundation
Albert Jay Martin Foundation
Mast General Store
Sharp Business Systems
Dr. Neil Goldman, Goldman Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
Richard Honeycutt & John Ritter of Edward Jones
Kilwin’s of Blowing Rock
Monkee’s of Blowing Rock
Sotheby’s, Robinson/Turner Team
Susan Geldmeier
Boone Healing Arts Center
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System
Debbie Stevens
Eleanor’s Gift, Barbara & Ellis Aycock
Extra Hands
Greystone Insurance
Jan Rienerth
Jenny Miller
Julia Tyson, DDS PA
Katherine Newton, Waite Financial
Mary Jo Grubbs
Sam Tallman & Mike Zuravel
Yadkin Bank
Arkwright Foundation
Blue Ridge Mountain Club
Blue Ridge Plastic Surgery Group
Blue Ridge Vision
Boone Drug
Creekside Electronics
Haircut 101
JW Tweeds
Margaret Deaton
Mary Hutchens
The Mustard Seed Market
Temple of the High Country Sisterhood
Turner Law Firm
Wright Properties

In Kind Donors
Allie Burelson, Blue Ridge Rolfing Structural Integration
Andrea Capua
Antiques on Howard
App State University Office of Arts & Cultured Programs
Art Walk
Barbara Aycock
Barter Theatre
Beautiful Image of Boone
Beyond Pilates
Bill Brown
Bistro Roca
Blackberry Creek
Blue Ridge Acupuncture
Blue Ridge Plastic Surgery
Boone Drug
Boone Golf Club
Boone Podiatry
Caroline Briggs
Carroll Companies, Inc.
Changes Salon
Charleston Forge
Coyote Kitchen
Creekside Electronics
Dawn Wicklow
Debbie Stevens
Debra Helene
Deer Valley Racquet Club
DeWoolfson Down
Doc Rocks Gem Mine
Dr. Berge Markarian
Eli Peltz
Emily Stallings
Eric Reichard Studios
Faye Cooper
Footsloggers Blowing Rock
Fourth Daughter, Susan Devine
Gideon Ridge Inn
Grace Will
Grandfather Mountain
Gwen Dhing
Hardin Fine Jewelry
Heather Rodgers
High Country Lanes
High Gravity Adventures
Inn at Crestwood
Jan Rienerth
Jay Winston
Jenny Miller
Joy Bistro
Karen McFarland
Knife and Fork
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre
Lucky Penny
Mary Hutchens
Mast General Store
Meisha Key, Key Coaching & Development
Mint Cuisine of India
My New Best Friend
Natural Nails Spa
Old World Galleries
Omni Grove Park Inn
Basil’s Market
Patti Carmen Pottery
Patti Jupiter
Planet Tan
R Salon
Red Onion Cafe
Reid’s Cafe and Catering
River & Earth Adventures
River Cross
Sandra Diaz
Serves You Right
Sew What’s Up!
Shannon’s Curtain Bed & Bath
Sharon Parton
Shear Shakti
South’s Specialty Clothiers
Stick Boy Kitchen
Swedish Werke, Inc.
Take Heart
Tanner-Doncaster Outlet of Blowing Rock
The Art Cellar
The Dandelion
The Gamekeeper
The Goldman Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
The Mustard Seed Market
The Peddler
The Rock Sports Bar & Grill
The Skin Studio
TJ Maxx
Tommy Light Cosmetologist & Colorist
Town Tavern, Blowing Rock
Tweetsie Railroad
Watauga High School
Watauga Lakeshore Resort & Marina
Winterfire – Blowing Rock
Wren’s Nest

WFBR Drop in Social

WFBR Drop in Night

Blowing Rock Drop in Social, May 31st, 5:30pm-7pm: Join us for fun and friendship, a glass of wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Visit with the Women’s Fund board and staff at Sunset & Vine’s new location in Blowing Rock. This will be one of the first opportunities for you to meet our new Executive Director, Danielle! Space is very limited. RSVP to Alex at (828) 264-4002 or alex@womensfundoftheblueridge.org


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Our mission is to create positive change and economic justice for women and girls in the counties we serve.  Through funding to local non profit agencies, we aim to be a philanthropic catalyst for all women and girls to have access to the resources they need as they strive to become empowered and reach their full potential.

Upcoming Events

Join us at our events this summer!

2017 Power of the Purse Luncheon, June 23rd, 11am-2pm: Join us at Linville Ridge Country Club to celebrate the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge’s 4th annual Power of the Purse Luncheon. We are excited to announce Raney Rogers and Holly Whiteside as speakers at this year’s event. Purchase your ticket here.
Avery County Drop in Social: Details coming soon!

Pack the Pantry!

pack the pantryThank you to those who brought donations!

Debbie Stevens
Emily Stallings
Elena Romagni
Megan Lynch Ellis
Grace Will
Peggy Jessee
Jan Rienerth
Bobbi Taylor
Gayle Gill
Marsha Gibson
Jenny Miller
Patti Jupiter
Betty Jean Williams
Don Saunders
Brian Yerman
Tricia Wilson
Mary Jo Grubbs
Billie Howell

Consign Your Clothes

annabananaRemember to take items that you would like to replace to Anna Banana’s. Anna will donate 50% of the sale of your gently used clothes to WFBR. Don’t forget to tell her you’re a member!

Walk-ins welcome on Mondays from 10am – 5pm and on other days by appointment only. Check out Anna’s Facebook page for specials and new arrivals. Call ahead to schedule a time (828) 865-2000. Anna Banana’s is located at 641 West King Street in downtown Boone.