by Monika Templeman, LWRWC Publicity Chair
On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club (LWRWC) delivered $5,740 in cash and in-kind donations, including a multitude of vinyl bags overflowing with an enormous quantity of delicious healthy snacks, kid’s towels, blankets, quilts, pillowcases, games, teddys, kids themed bath items and more, and a check for $2,240 to the Children’s Guardian Fund (CGF). The donations were sorted and placed into bags so each child will get a fully loaded bag with love from the LWRWC. The donations were sorted and delivered by a small contingency from the Women’s Club, consisting of LWRWC Philanthropy Co-Chair Trish Newman, LWRWC Vice President, Carol Belmont, LWRWC Recording Secretary, Janet Dobbs, and LWRWC Corresponding Secretary, Ann Sledz. CGF Executive Director, Svetlana Ivashchenko, and Program Director, Kristin Poolman helped with the effort and will ensure that children in need receive these loving donations intended to help sweeten the lives of children who have braved so much trauma and adversity.
From Feb. 22 – March 12, 2021, LWRWC held “Snack-nado” – a successful charity drive to help provide kid friendly snacks and a wide variety of comfort items for children being helped by the CGF, one of the Women’s Club’s beloved 501(c)(3) adopted charities. Grocery gift cards and monetary donations were also welcomed and appreciated. The response was heartwarming and the LWRWC Snack-nado” Drive Team thanks all the generous donors for their wonderful contributions! LWRWC gives special thanks to our amazing Philanthropy Co-chairs, Trish Newman, and Eileen Buzzard, and to the dedicated Snack-nado Fundraiser Team including Carol Belmont, Cheryl Breining, Mary Lee Danahy, Ann Sledz and Janet Dobbs.
Svetlana Ivashchenko, CGF Executive Director and Kristin Poolman, Program Director expressed their appreciation to the Women’s Club for stepping forward when so many supporters are pulling back due to the pandemic. They thanked LWRWC for making a meaningful difference in the lives of the children they serve.
Photo Caption 01 Pictured L-R: Svetlana Ivashchenko, Children’s Guardian Fund Executive Director, Trish Newman, LWRWC Philanthropy Co-Chair, Carol Belmont, LWRWC Vice President, Janet Dobbs, LWRWC Recording Secretary, Kristin Poolman, Children’s Guardian Fund Program Director, and Ann Sledz, LWRWC Corresponding Secretary.