100+ Women Who Care Celebrate First Year, Donate $5K To PAC 8 To Produce Anti-Suicide Videos For Teens

 

100+ Women Who Care celebrate their first year anniversary Thursday evening on the patio at Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos. From left, Marie Marroquin, Sopahn Kellogg, Marvel Harrison and Kathy Boerigter. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Julie Habiger, left, draws three names from a basket of a dozen local nonprofits vying for a chance to receive funding from 100+ Women Who Care. Kristy Ortega calls out the names selected. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kate O’Donnell, left, and Jean Gindreau of PAC 8 are selected to receive approximately $5k from 100+ Women Who Care following their impactful presentation on an anti-suicide video project geared toward teenagers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kristy Ortega shows off the one-year anniversary cake donated by Smith’s Marketplace to 100+ Women Who Care for Thursday’s celebration. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ldailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members gathered Thursday evening on the patio of Smith’s Marketplace to celebrate the first year anniversary of 100+ Women Who Care. The organization, founded by Kristy Ortega, Stephanie Garcia Richard, Deb Shelton, Marvel Harrison and Carol Clark, brings busy women together periodically to donate $100 each or in 2-4 person teams to support behavioral health initiatives within the Los Alamos community. 

At Thursday’s event, the women raised approximately $5,000. About a dozen local nonprofits put their name in a basket and member Julie Habiger drew out three of them to present a talk to the women on what they would do with the funds. Representatives from Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, Little Forest Playschool and PAC 8 were selected for presentations and following a vote of the members, PAC 8 was chosen. They will use the money to pay for teen instructors to produce anti-suicide videos targeting teenagers.

The mission of 100+ Women Who Care is to reach out and help the community by collecting contributions for local nonprofits – without the time-consuming effort normally associated with fundraising. 

“All organizations up for consideration must be in the Los Alamos area. The idea is to keep it local and have an impact that we can see in our community,” Ortega said. “We invite other women to become part of this powerful group to have a positive impact on those in need in our community.”

To watch a 100+ Women Who Care video produced by PAC 8, click here.

To become a member of 100+ Women Who Care as an individual or with a team or to learn more, contact Ortega at kristy@unitedwaynnm.org or call 505.663.3891.

PAC 8’s Jean Gindreau, left, and Kate O’Donnell react to the announcement that their project has been selected for funding by 100+ Women Who Care as member Anita Barella, center, applauds. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Amber Grady-Fuller of JudyGail’s Place updates the women on how her nonprofit organization has used funds received at the last 100+ Women Who Care event. JudyGails Place assists survivors of intimate partner violence obtain a healthy self-sufficient future. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Joanna Gillespie of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation talks about the organization. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Parent representative Taylor Martinez talks about Little Forest Playschool. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from 100+ Women Who Care anniversary celebration Thursday on the patio at Smith’s Marketplace. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

100+ Women Who Care members from left, Christine Nackers, Jodi Hughes and Katie Twaits. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Members from left, Ryn Herrmann, KayLinda Crawford, Jill Cook, Felicia Orth and Nancy Partridge. hoto by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Members from left, Julie Habiger, Karen Easton and Jenny Humbert. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

100+ Women Who Care member Susan O’Leary, left, and Marie Marroquin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Checking out cell phone photos from left, Sharon Stover, Emily McGay Waterman and Lorraine Hartway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

100+ Women Who Care co-founder Kristy Ortega thanks the crowd for their generosity and community spirit. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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