At their inaugural meeting on May 14, 100 Women Who Care North Suburban Chicago raised $8,800 for College Bound Opportunities.
The idea behind 100 Women Who Care is to make a big impact on a local charity in just one hour. More than 75 women came to the group's first meeting at Eddie Merlot's restaurant in Lincolnshire. In less than one hour, the group listened to three five-minute presentations by members of the group who nominated a local charity to receive the group's collective donation, voted for one of the charities, and then wrote individual $100 checks directly to the winning charity.
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Group member Bonnie Shlensky of Deerfield made the presentation on behalf of College Bound Opportunities ("CBO"). CBO provides one-on-one mentoring and scholarships for high-achieving young people in the Deerfield, Highland Park and Lake Forest school districts who would likely forego post-secondary education without receiving CBO's additional support.
100 Women Who Care North Suburban Chicago was founded by Laurie Richter of Lincolnshire, with assistance from Susan Rubin Elfant of Northbrook, Andrea Friedlander of Deerfield, Ada Kinscherff of Lincolnshire, and Stacey Meyer of Deerfield. The group meets quarterly to pick a local charity to support. Any member of the group can nominate a qualified local charity, and three members are randomly selected at each meeting to make a presentation in support of their nomination. Although the meetings last just one hour, many members come early or stay late for a fun Girls' Night Out at the hosting venue. For more information or to join, visit 100WomenWhoCareNorthSuburbanChicago.com.