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From the president: summer greetings

Summer greetings from the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund! With a strong sense of gratitude, members of our advisory board are reflecting on a very fulfilling last few months. 

June 13 marked the second annual Seasons of Giving event at Blue Heron Event Center. Under the able leadership of chair Heather Frey, the event committee welcomed nearly 50% more guests to the gala this year compared to 2018. In addition, event sponsorships, overseen by our development committee co-chairs Amy Immel and Katie Spisak, reached nearly $10,000. We appreciate this level of  community support.

Our featured speaker, Romona Robinson, shared the importance of servant leadership woven into her rich retelling of her formative years and early career as a journalist and news anchor. Following Romona’s keynote address, our 2019 grantees were announced. 

Representing the largest amount awarded by MCWEF in a single year, $23,325 was granted to nine deserving Medina County nonprofits, each of which plays a part in improving the lives of women and children in our local communities.

As we begin our new program year, our advisory board is pleased to welcome three new members to our ranks: Joyce Fuerst, Carol Godard and Beth Kereszturi. At the same time, we also bid farewell to long-time board member Cathy Posner who served with us for nine years. 

Now in my sixth year as a member of the advisory board, I will serve as president for the 2019-2020 term. Immediate past president, Mary Isaac, will continue to represent our advisory board as PR/education committee chair. MCWEF is well-served by this group of talented, committed women!

One of our ongoing goals is to continually bolster the grantmaking role of our advisory board. From increasing gifts to our endowment to educating our area nonprofits about the availability of our support, we are dedicated to the mission of the MCWEF. 

Sign up for our e-newsletter (akroncf.org/MCWEFnews) for updates about our fund, including an upcoming grant-writing workshop we’ll be co-hosting in November. This workshop will be available to all Medina County nonprofits. Strengthening this skill set will positively impact these organizations as they do their work on behalf of those in need in our communities.

With appreciation for your support,


Ellen Hunter, president
Medina County Women's Endowment Fund