Women Who Care is a women’s philanthropic giving circle that pools the combined charitable resources of over 200 area women to fund projects that enhance the quality of life for women and their families in Elk County.

Along with the satisfaction of making a difference in their communities, our members also enjoy events twice a year where they gather to network, learn about community needs and award grants.

Each spring, we welcome members and guests at a social event that features an evening of friendship, entertainment, and education.

In October, our Annual Meeting rotates among various locations in Elk County. Organizations that have been chosen as final grant candidates give a brief overview of their project to the members in attendance. The members vote on their favorite projects and grants are awarded. Along with learning all about exciting programs that are benefiting our communities, members enjoy great food, great friends, and an always entertaining evening.

Upcoming Events

Denim & Diamonds Spring Event has been Cancelled!

In compliance with the recommendation of the CDC, and for the safety and welfare of our entertainer, participants and volunteers, the Women Who Care Steering committee has made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming Women Who Care event, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  At this time, we will not be rescheduling, the event for this year,  but have requested our Neil Diamond performer to plan to join us next Spring!

For those of you whose membership dues is still outstanding, we hope you will consider updating it by June 1, 2020, so we can continue to support  our worthy local organizations with grants.

Finally, we are excited to let the membership know, again this year, the family of Doris Stackpole, our founding chairperson,  has designated her Donor Advised Fund distribution of nearly $4,900 be determined by all her Women Who Care sisters!!!!

Past Events

2019 Annual Meeting

Date: October 2, 2019

Location: Johnsonburg Firehall, Johnsonburg PA

Women Who Care Celebrates 10 Years! Our Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Johnsonburg Firehall. Members and guests enjoyed the evening socializing with friends and participating in our birthday celebration. A delicious turkey dinner was served by the Johnsonburg Firehall.

Non-profit organizations that were chosen as final grant candidates provided a brief overview of their projects. Members voted on their favorite projects and awarded $35,000 in grants:  Boys & Girls Club ($5,000); Catholic Charities ($3,000); WRC Ridgway Campus ($2,687); Dickinson Center, Inc. ($3,500); Elk Co. Humane Society (($4,619); Johnsonburg School District ($2,500); Johnsonburg Little League ($5,000); Ridgway Area HS Drama Boosters ($2,750); St. Marys Area Middle School ($4,000); St. Marys Public Library ($1,255); Special Olympics of Elk & Cameron Counties ($689).

Congratulations to Women Who Care on 10 years of giving back to our communities!

2019 Spring Event

Date: April 4, 2019

Location: The Royal Inn, Ridgway PA

Dueling International Pianos! The 2019 Spring event was held at the Royal Inn in Ridgway on Thursday April 4, 2019. Dueling Pianos International provided outstanding sing-along entertainment for the 175 women in attendance. Members and their guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by the Royal Inn Staff. Guest speaker for the evening was Ashley Kline representing the teachers of St. Marys Area Schools. She spoke about the Food for Friends Program that received funds from Women Who Care 2018 grants. This program provides weekend and holiday break meals to elementary school age children who would otherwise not have nutritious and adequate meals on non-school days. Women Who Care hosts two events each year for their members: the spring social event and the annual business meeting. Women Who Care invites all area women who seek to support community needs in Elk County to join our amazing group of women. It’s a very affordable way to do a lot of good in your community!

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Women Who Care Events

Women Who Care is a women’s philanthropic giving circle that pools the combined charitable resources of over 200 area women to fund projects that enhance the quality of life for women and their families in Elk County.

Along with the satisfaction of making a difference in their communities, our members also enjoy events twice a year where they gather to network, learn about community needs and award grants.

Each spring, we welcome members and guests at a social event that features an evening of friendship, entertainment, and education.

In October, our Annual Meeting rotates among various locations in Elk County. Organizations that have been chosen as final grant candidates give a brief overview of their project to the members in attendance. The members vote on their favorite projects and grants are awarded. Along with learning all about exciting programs that are benefiting our communities, members enjoy great food, great friends, and an always entertaining evening.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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2020 Annual Meeting

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Date: October 1, 2020
Location: Virtual Meeting[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″ el_class=”col-1″][vc_column_text]The Women Who Care 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, GIRLS NIGHT IN, was held on Thursday, October 1, 2020. In this unusual year of social-distancing, WWC members attended a VIRTUAL MEETING where the 2020 grant recipients were announced, along with basket raffle, door prize, and 50-50 winners. Due to the tremendous generosity and support of our members for the raffle and 50-50, all grant requests were funded this year! Turkey dinners were distributed at 3 drive-thru locations throughout the county. Women gathered with small groups of trusted friends in the safe setting of their homes to enjoy their dinners and listen to the Facebook Live presentation of awards. Thanks to the amazing cooperation of the women of WWC, our annual meeting during this pandemic year was a great success! Here’s hoping we can gather in person for our spring 2021 event!

Area organizations receiving 2020 awards were: Guardian Angel Center, $5,000 for a custom counter; WRC/Ridgmont Campus, $2,579 for Amazon Fire Tablets for face-to-face family contact; Friends of Twin Lakes, $3,500 to develop management plan; Ridgway YMCA, $1,500 for deep cleaning, 2 foggers & disinfectant; Boys & Girls Club, $5,000 to enhance & offset programs; Elk County Farm Bureau, $2,500 for AG Mobile Lab; Penn Highlands Elk, $2,000 for Jaxson bags; City of St. Marys, $5,000 for portable ice rink; Penn State Extension 4-H, $3,000 for virtual programming; St. Leo’s School, $2,400 for air purifier, and $500 for You Go Girl program; Johnsonburg School District, $4,000 for technology program.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″ el_class=”col-2″][vc_single_image image=”6024″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1534222919973{border-radius: 1px !important;}” el_class=”responsive_women_events”][vc_column width=”2/3″ el_class=”col-1″][vc_column_text]

2019 Annual Meeting

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Date: October 2, 2019
Location: Johnsonburg Firehall, Johnsonburg, PA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″ el_class=”col-1″][vc_column_text]Women Who Care Celebrates 10 Years! Our Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Johnsonburg Firehall. Members and guests enjoyed the evening socializing with friends and participating in our birthday celebration. A delicious turkey dinner was served by the Johnsonburg Firehall.

Non-profit organizations that were chosen as final grant candidates provided a brief overview of their projects. Members voted on their favorite projects and awarded $35,000 in grants:  Boys & Girls Club ($5,000); Catholic Charities ($3,000); WRC Ridgway Campus ($2,687); Dickinson Center, Inc. ($3,500); Elk Co. Humane Society (($4,619); Johnsonburg School District ($2,500); Johnsonburg Little League ($5,000); Ridgway Area HS Drama Boosters ($2,750); St. Marys Area Middle School ($4,000); St. Marys Public Library ($1,255); Special Olympics of Elk & Cameron Counties ($689).

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2019 Annual Meeting

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Date: April 4, 2019
Location: The Royal Inn, Ridgway PA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″ el_class=”col-1″][vc_column_text]Dueling International Pianos! The 2019 Spring event was held at the Royal Inn in Ridgway on Thursday April 4, 2019. Dueling Pianos International provided outstanding sing-along entertainment for the 175 women in attendance. Members and their guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by the Royal Inn Staff. Guest speaker for the evening was Ashley Kline representing the teachers of St. Marys Area Schools. She spoke about the Food for Friends Program that received funds from Women Who Care 2018 grants. This program provides weekend and holiday break meals to elementary school age children who would otherwise not have nutritious and adequate meals on non-school days. Women Who Care hosts two events each year for their members: the spring social event and the annual business meeting. Women Who Care invites all area women who seek to support community needs in Elk County to join our amazing group of women. It’s a very affordable way to do a lot of good in your community![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″ el_class=”col-2″][vc_single_image image=”4843″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

2018 Annual Meeting

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Date: October 4, 2018
Location: The Highlands, Saint Marys, PA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″ el_class=”col-1″][vc_column_text]Get Wild with Women Who Care! The 2018 Annual Business Meeting of Women Who Care was held at The Highlands in St. Marys on Thursday, October 4 with close to 170 members, guests and presenters attending. The membership awarded $30,000 in grants to nine-non-profit organizations.

Area organizations receiving awards were: Christian Food Bank $2,000 for storage shed; St. Marys Area School District $3,600 for Food for Friends backpack program; Community Nurses $1,790 for ATA transportation for clients; Boys &  Girls Club of St. Marys $5,000 for start-up funds for 2019 Summer Program; Messengers Supporting Recovery $3,000 for A Home for MSR ; Big Maple Farms Therapy $5,000 for arena base and permanent seating; Johnsonburg Area School District $4,000 for character education classes; Elk County Humane Society $5,000 for low-cost spay and neuter clinics; and Elk County Historical Society $610 towards technology upgrades.

The Donor Advisor for a Day award was won by Lynette Kraus who awarded her gift to the Elk County Humane Society. During the meeting Doris Stackpole, a founding member and the first chairperson of WWC who passed away this year, was remembered for her role in establishing the organization. The crowd was entertained by a fascinating slide presentation of beautiful wildlife photos presented by Kane photographer, Rocky Holland and his wife Marcy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″ el_class=”col-2″][vc_single_image image=”3562″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

2018 Spring Event

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Date: April 5, 2018
Location: Fox Township Fire Hall, Kersey, PA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″ el_class=”col-1″][vc_column_text]Our 2018 Spring Event featured a who-done-it Murder Mystery at Fox Township Firehall in Kersey. The cast was made up of members of Women Who Care who did a fine job of portraying the characters. The Fox Township firemen even pitched in to help remove the victim’s body! Over 170 members and their guests enjoyed the fine food and entertainment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″ el_class=”col-2″][vc_single_image image=”1157″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

2017 Annual Meeting

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Date: October 12, 2017
Location: Laurel Mill Golf Course, Ridgway, PA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″ el_class=”col-1″][vc_column_text]Our 2017 Annual Meeting was held at the Laurel Mill Golf Course in Ridgway. $26,000 in grants were awarded to organizations chosen by our membership. Along with a wonderful dinner, the Men of the Elk County Concert Choir presented us with a hilarious array of songs that lent a very festive atmosphere to the evening.

Grants were awarded to 8 organizations including 4-H via PSU, Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys, Civil Air Patrol, Guardian Angel Center, Life and Independence for Today, Ruling our eXperiences (ROX), Tricounty Rails to Trails, and Workforce Solutions & MEAA.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″ el_class=”col-2″][vc_single_image image=”3565″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

2017 Spring Event

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Date: March 23, 2017
Location: The Dam Inn, Wilcox, PA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″ el_class=”col-1″][vc_column_text]Who doesn’t love a Game Night! Our 2017 Spring Event at The Dam Inn featured the Family Feud Game. After the fierce competition, the winning team won the opportunity to award a $500 donation to a 501c3 organization of their choice.

The Family Feud winning team of Lucy Bobby, Nancy Hoffman, Bev Yates, Bea Terbovich and Abbi Peters chose ECCOTA as the recipient of their $500 charitable gift.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″ el_class=”col-2″][vc_single_image image=”3569″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

2016 Annual Meeting

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Date: October 5, 2016
Location: Elk County Visitors Center, Benezette, PA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″ el_class=”col-1″][vc_column_text]Our 2016 Annual Meeting, “Road Trip”, was held at the beautiful Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette where $24,000 in grants were awarded! Members also enjoyed wagon rides and elk viewing.

Grants were awarded to 7 organizations including Community Nurses, Oak Manor, Ridgway Free Library, ECCOTA, Wilcox Public Library, Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys, and the Johnsonburg Knothole Association. Several members also became “Donor Advisors for a Day” when their names were drawn for the opportunity to award $500 to a charitable organization of their choice. The 5 lucky recipients were Johnsonburg Community Center, Wilcox Volunteer Fire Department, Ridgway Little League, Junior Achievement, and Manufacturing Employment & Education Advancement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″ el_class=”col-2″][vc_single_image image=”1695″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

2016 Spring Event

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Date: April 7, 2016
Location: Highlands, Saint Marys, PA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″ el_class=”col-1″][vc_column_text]Women Who Care held its 2016 Spring membership event in April. The event featured Patsy Cline impersonator, Heather Olsen. The Highlands located in St. Marys hosted the evening where the women enjoyed a great meal and were entertained by the songs of Patsy Cline. The event was a great way for current members to bring potential guests to learn more about the organization.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″ el_class=”col-2″][vc_single_image image=”3377″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”3″ title=”GALLERY”][/vc_column][/vc_row]