Schaefers receive community service award
Each year, the Power of the Purse Luncheon raises awareness and funds for an ongoing commitment to women and children in need throughout Watauga and Avery counties. During the past six years, the High Country Women’s Fund has raised more than $375,000 with the help of members, sponsors and donors.
Following a reception where guests browsed silent auction items and purchased raffle tickets and other items, Margaret Hayden, High Country Women’s Fund chairwoman, greeted guests, founding mothers and distinguished sponsors.
She then called Jamie and Bonnie Schaefer of Westglow Resort and Spa to the podium to receive the Governor’s Award for Community Service. Perdue has been aware of the Schaefers’ involvement in the community and the generous contributions of time, talents and resources they have made to the HCWF and to many other community projects, according to Hayden.
The service award is one of the highest awards North Carolina gives to citizens.
“They are not only involved locally, they are involved internationally and nationally in improving the lives of women,” Hayden said.
In addition to the generosity of Westglow Resort and Spa and the Schaefers, many local businesses supported HCWF’s annual sponsorship campaign, and they received recognition in the program booklet given to each guest, as well as on the organization’s website and in its newsletter during the next year.
Guests at the fundraiser event Croquet for a Cause, on Aug. 12 at Eseeola Resort in Linville, will also receive the booklet.
Thanks to local businesses, friends, and patrons, the program booklet raised more than $21,000, according to Hayden.
As guests enjoyed a lunch prepared by the Blowing Rock Country Club culinary team, Janice Booth, author, world traveler, and nonprofit CEO, delivered an inspirational message.
Booth spoke about her personal experiences and delivered a compelling story about overcoming fears and obstacles — a message that resonates deeply with the HCWF membership and its drive to help women overcome obstacles to achieve sustainability.
Booth spoke with many of the guests after lunch to connect with them on a personal level and to sign her book, “Only Pack What You Can Carry,” a National Geographic publication. She reflected in her blog on some of the connections she made after returning home.
This year’s Power of the Purse events raised more than $43,500.
“The HCWF extends a sincere thank you to all who attended, sponsored and supported the POP Luncheon and POP Rocks, a benefit concert with Melissa Reaves and the Willys,” according to HCWF officials.
The High Country Women’s Fund, an initiative of United Way, welcomes new members to its cause. Learn more about the organization by visiting its website http://www.highcountrywomens fund.org.