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Claudia Gross of Daymark Recovery, center, explains how a $6,000 grant from the High Country Women’s Fund will help develop a child care facility at its Avery County facility. With her are, left, Melissa Selvy and, right, Becka Saunders. Photo by Jeff Eason

Originally published: 2013-11-16 22:05:38
Last modified: 2013-11-16 22:05:38

HCWF funds agencies benefitting women, children

by Jeff Eason

It's not often that charitable donations exceed their financial goals. But that is just what has happened with the High Country Women's Fund.

Its annual Power of the Purse Luncheon raised more money than anticipated, so the charitable organization was able this year to pass on more money to its partners.

On Monday, Nov. 11, representatives from a variety of organizations met with the High Country Women's Fund at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock for the "Circle of Friends" gathering.

During the gathering, HCWF distributed checks to the organizations, which serve women and children in Avery and Watauga counties.

"We were able to distribute more than $83,000 this year, thanks to the Power of the Purse and other fundraising efforts," said Jenny Miller, fundraising coordinator for the HCWF. "To date, we have distributed more than half a million dollars to local organizations."

During Monday's event, checks totaling $21,558 were distributed to The Children's Council, the Children's Playhouse, Community Care Clinic, Hospitality House, Mountain Alliance, WAMY. and WeCAN.

Counting the $59,000 that HCWF distributed earlier this year, plus other allocations such as emergency funds, a total of $87,608 in assistance has been granted in 2013.

The HCWF also gave a $6,000 check to support Daymark Recovery service's new child care program in Avery County.

Daymark's Avery county program now matches the Watauga County child care program.

The HCWF also regularly funds OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) and the New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk.

"New Opportunity School for Women was not given additional money because their program has already ended for this year, their enrollment was down, and they'll have another opportunity to apply for funds for their 2014 program well before it begins," said Becka Saunders, allocations director for HCWF.

Monday's event gave attendees the opportunity to adopt needy families by selecting an ornament from an "angel tree." Each ornament represented a particular family and included a wish list of items that will be fulfilled this holiday season.

Newcomers to HCWF were able to find out more about the recipient organizations through a "speed dating" seminar where they spent three minutes with the council chair.
For more information on the High Country Women's Fund, visit