May 21 2010

Raising a Glass to Support the Women’s Fund of Hawaii

Published by at 2:39 pm under Hawaii

Artwork: Pegge Hopper

Artwork: Ms. Pegge Hopper

The Women’s Fund of Hawaii held their annual “Tea & Champagne” fundraising event yesterday at the newly renovated Plaza Club in downtown Honolulu. It was a festive evening lead by Ms. Rosemarie Savino who was the mistress of ceremonies. Over one hundred people enjoyed a silent and live auction and there were many familiar faces.

I became familiar with the Women’s Fund of Hawaii last year and have been impressed by this dynamic group of women working to make a positive impact in our community. The mission of the Women’s Fund of Hawaii is to provide resources to organizations that help women and girls become safe, financially secure and empowered. They accomplish their goal by educating, fundraising, and making grants.  Their

Toasting the Women's Fund of Hawaii

Toasting the Women's Fund of Hawaii

educational program includes raising awareness about important issues affecting women and girls in Hawaii. The Women’s Fund believes that when women thrive, communities prosper.

While the Barefoot Wine and Bubbly was a lovely feature, the real stars were the 2009-2010 Grantees. These organizations represent a wide range of programs that support the empowerment of women and girls in Hawaii. Without the support of the Women’s Fund, many of these programs would not be funded and are sometimes over looked by larger funding sources. Grantee recipient Ms. Venus Rosette-Hill of the Neighborhood Place Maui, and Ms. Xavia Ellisor of the Prison Writing Project, addressed the audience recognizing the Women’s Fund’s support while sharing personal testimony about their life experiences and work.

Board Member Tyrie Lee Jenkins, MD and Guests

Board Member Tyrie Lee Jenkins, MD and Guests

Below is a list of all the grantees. For more information on their innovative and impactful programs please CLICK THIS LINK to learn more.

Grantees: Fall 2009

Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation: SISTA – Awarded $3,000

Ka Hale Pomaika’i: Helping Women Get to Treatment – Awarded $3,000

Kokua Kalihi Valley Women’s Sewing Project – Awarded $2,500

Po’o No’ono’o Foundation, Inc.: Building Resiliency in Girls at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility – Awarded $3,000

Waimanalo Health Center: Teen Clinic – Awarded $1,000

Grantees: Spring 2010

Adult Friends for Youth: Re-Directing Bullying Behavior – Awarded $5,000

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Daysha Aiona Aka Fly to Freedom Fund – Awarded $5,000

Learning for a Lifetime – Awarded $4,880

Neighborhood Place: No Na Wahine – Awarded $5,000

Prison Writing Project: Prison Monologues – Awarded $3,000

TJ Mahoney/Ka Hale Ho’āla Hou No Nā Wāhines – Awarded $7,620

Board Members and Ms. Xavia Ellisor

Board Members and Guests With Ms. Xavia Ellisor

I encourage you to visit the Women’s Fund of Hawaii’s website to find out how you can support these worthwhile programs that are making a real difference in the lives and status of women and girls in Hawaii. Thank you to the Tea & Champagne committee and event volunteers, the Board of Directors, Executive Director Ms. Barbara Watanabe and Ms. Michelle Gray for all their amazing work.

Click this PHOTO GALLERY LINK if you are interested in seeing the images from the evening. Once in the Flickr gallery you can click the upper right tab to launch the slide show.  (Photos: Cara Mazzei)


5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Raising a Glass to Support the Women’s Fund of Hawaii”

  1. judy bishopon 21 May 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Cara, your photos from the Women’s Fund Tea & Champagne event last night are really a delight! They enabled me to see all the ladies that i missed seeing !! it was a great event and now we have the proof!! LOL
    Thanks so much for taking all the pictures and capturing this for history!!
    The women of the Women’s Fund applaud you,and all of those who support our work so that we can support all the programs for women and girls!!
    Judy Bishop

  2. caramon 22 May 2010 at 9:45 am

    Thank you Judy – it was my pleasure. Aloha – Cara

  3. Kay Lorraineon 28 May 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I am extremely sorry to have missed this event. I would have been there in a heartbeat. I just didn’t know about it and now I will have to send a donation as an apology. (Hint there to others who were not in attendance.)

    Let me say a few words about the Women’s Fund of Hawaii. They are woefully underfunded. This is true of virtually all nonprofits these days. Miracles are happening all over the state as nonprofits squeeze water from stone.

    The Women’s Fund of Hawaii does a huge amount of good with their limited resources. As a community of women, we need to find ways to increase their funds dramatically. No one understands the kind of help that women need more than other women. The Women’s Fund of Hawaii has been very careful to insure the greatest impact possible with their funds. But think of the good that could be done if they had more resources?

    Within our community we have some very powerful women. We also have some very wealthy women. Quiet women who are sitting on a lot of money. How can we, as a group of women, convince our aunties that they need to come out of hiding and step up to the plate? This is the challenge that we, as women, are facing. It’s not just the problem of the board of directors of the Women’s Fund of Hawaii. It should be the challenge of all women to do what they can to help our sisters. The tooth fairy seems to be out of business. It’s up to us.

    Do you know a woman, perhaps a friend of your mother or someone from your church who has resources? Perhaps they are unaware of the Women’s Fund of Hawaii. Perhaps they just need to be asked.

  4. caramon 29 May 2010 at 9:42 am

    Kay – thank you for your comment. I do agree and often it is just as easy as making the ask. We all need to support one another and the great work that people are doing in the community.

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