Event celebrates the joy in giving

Stephanie Jones

The Ripley County Community Foundation’s 14th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon will be held April 18. This unique event enables women of all ages from all across Ripley County to come together with friends, have a wonderful time, enjoy a delicious luncheon and win prizes, all in the name of charity. It also provides attendees the opportunity to discuss and address issues that effect women and children residing in Ripley County, reports Amy Streator, RCCF executive director.

Chris Fairchild, a longtime attendee and committee member, shares her opinion, “If you’re a regular, you already know how much fun it is, but if you’ve never joined this group of philanthropic chicks, it’s time to come on out. Be a game changer, make a positive impact. Your participation can make a big difference for a neighbor in need.”

Each year, the women attending the luncheon vote on and award a grant to a local organization striving to improve the lives of Ripley County women and children. Grant applications may be obtained from the community foundation office or online at www.rccfonline.org/grants. Previous recipients of the Women’s Fund Grant have been Safe Passage, Margaret Mary Health, Hansen Center, New Horizons, Totes for Tots and Teens and Family Connections, among others.

Lin Phaneuf, the grant’s namesake had this to add, “The purpose of our fund has always been to award grants to qualified organizations in Ripley County that benefit women and children. When the luncheon was first begun 14 years ago, it was our hope that women countywide would catch our vision and get behind us with their donations ... and they have. By giving to the Linda S. Phaneuf Women and Children Fund our supporters are giving to many, many good causes in our county.” The number of women and children benefitting from this generosity shows that with collective power and pooled assets, Women in Philanthropy attendees have only begun to scratch the surface of what can be achieved.

Luncheon attendees are encouraged to continue living generously by a presentation from an inspirational speaker who has supported her own community with acts of kindness and philanthropy. The keynote speaker at this year’s luncheon is Stephanie (Stenger) Jones.

A Ripley County native and South Ripley graduate, she is the author of the bestselling book "The Giving Challenge," a speaker and life success coach. Since graduating from Taylor University, Jones has lived a crazy life from a private investigator to police officer to a senior manager in a Fortune 100 company. She’s a recipient of the Cisco Humanitarian Award and serves on the board of directors for both the Porter County Community Foundation and United Way of Porter County. Her passions are giving, reading, travel, friends and family. She lives in northwest Indiana with her husband Mike, but you’ll find them on weekends in Michigan kayaking and fishing. For more info, visit www.GivingGal.com

The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at RomWeber Marketplace. The $50 ticket price includes a $25 donation to the Linda S. Phaneuf Women and Children Fund. Tickets can be purchased by stopping by the RCCF office, 4 South Park Ave., Batesville; calling 812-933-1098; or via email at office@rccfonline.org.

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