September Newsletter

 Dear Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge Donors,

Women who most often suffer in silence need our help–today.  The statics speak for themselves:

  • Women with preschool aged children are the largest group to live in poverty in the US
  • Over 10,000 Women in the High Country live in poverty
  • 85% of all domestic violence victims are women

Living in poverty means you live in on $2 a day — the amount many of us pay for our daily cup of coffee. Can you contribute $2 a day for one year, a $730 annual contribution to the Women’s Fund?

Making a donation to the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge is tremendously valuable. Your contribution is an investment in the education, empowerment, and independence of women living in our community. Please consider any donation to help our efforts to break they cycle of poverty.

Through the collective giving of individuals like yourself, we have made great strides in creating positive change and economic justice for women and children. We are proud to be a philanthropic catalyst in supporting women and children to reach their full potential.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Danielle Thuot
Executive Director

To make a donation to the $2 A Day Coffee Campaign click here.

THANK YOU to all of our loyal donors! It is through the collective giving of each of you that we were successful in granting over $100,000 during our 2017 grant cycle.  Below is a list of the organizations and their programs that received funding this year.


Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture: Mary Boyer Food and Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program
Girls on the Run: Scholarships for Participants
Mountain Alliance, Avery: Leadership Initiative for Female Teens
Mountain Alliance, Watauga: Leadership Initiative for Female Teens
The Children’s Playhouse: Scholarships for Participants
Western Youth Network:The Girls Circle

Human Services

Ashe County Partnership for Children: Emergency Financial Assistance for A Safe Home for Everyone (ASHE)
Alleghany Partnership for Children: Emergency Financial Assistance for Domestic Abuse is Not Acceptable (DANA)
Children’s Council of Watauga County: Adolescent Parenting and Nurtured Beginnings Programs
Hospitality House: Women’s Emergency Shelter and Transitional and Family Housing Programs
Hospitality House: WeCan Women’s Homeless Prevention Program
Oasis: Women’s Safe Shelter
WAMY: Total Family Development Program


Appalachian State University: ACCESS Program Scholarships
Lees McRae: New Opportunity School for Women Scholarships
Mitchell County Safe Place: Domestic Violence Prevention Education

Health and Wellness

Community Care Clinic: The Women’s Vision Program
Hunger and Health Coalition: Women’s Pharmacy Program

Anna Banana’s

There are many ways to donate to the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge. As the weather changes, and you begin to switch your wardrobe for the new season, take a minute to set aside extra items for donations. The WFBR has a partnership with Anna Banana’s in downtown Boone.

Swing by and donate your gently used clothes. Anna will donate 50% of the sale of those items to our organization. Don’t forget to say you are with the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge!

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.

 2017 Coat Drive

The WFBR received a generous donation from the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk to help with our 2017 Coat Drive. As a result, the Outreach Committee was able to purchase over 60 brand new coats for individuals living at the Hospitality House. A very special thank you to Susie Morgan who went shopping and delivered these coats. If you have interest in purchasing a new coat for a child living at the Hospitality House please contact the WFBR  office at 828-264-4002 to see how you can help.

Important Dates to Remember
September 28, 2017 Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge Ladies Night 

Show your support for the Women’s Fund by stopping by Footsloggers Boonefrom 6 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy munchies, wine, a fashion show, raffles for great prizes and time with friends while you shop at Footsloggers!

October 18, 2017 Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge
Non-Profit Input Forum 

The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge is excited to announce its annual non-profit input forum. The forum will take place at the Watauga County Library from 3 pm to 5 pm. Please RSVP to the Women’s Fund office at 828-264-4002.

October 28, 2017 Hunger and Health Coalition
3rd Annual Masquerade Ball 

Join Hunger and Health Coalition for an evening filled with music, dancing, costumes, and fun. This year’s event will be from 6 pm to 11 pm at the Blowing Rock Country Club. To purchase your ticket contact Hunger and Health at 828-262-1628 or visit

December 7, 2017 Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge
Holiday Cocktail Party and Shopping Bazaar 

SAVE THE DATE !! The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge is excited to announce its annual Holiday Cocktail Party and Shopping Bazaar at Blowing Rock Country Club from 4 pm-7 pm. Please join us for refreshments, a glass of wine, and many local vendors selling their goods. Bring a date, or a friend! Tickets are available for $30.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door. Purchase a ticket by contacting the Women’s Fund office at 828-264-4002, or e-mailing