Woman’s Club awards more than $200,000 in grants for 2017

April 7, 2017
By Marcy Shortuse

The Boca Grande Woman’s Club announced this week that more than $200,000 will be awarded to 20 local nonprofit organizations through the Club’s 2017 Community Grant program.
The funding will provide assistance for a range of programs, including renovation of facilities at the Boca Grande Health Clinic, increasing patrols on the Bike Path, Lee County Summer Camps, new stoves for the Crowninshield Community House and support of area schools: L.A. Ainger, The Island School and Lemon Bay High School.
“It is with great pride that we announce these awards each year,” said Angela Steffan, president of the Club. “Our members work hard to generate these funds, and we are devoted to supporting the Boca Grande Community.”
Since its founding in 1948, the BGWC has contributed over $3 million in funds to support community projects and local nonprofit organizations. The Club began giving funds to local groups as early as the 1950s.
In addition to the Community Grant awards, $264,000 in Scholar Awards were made to 68 college students whose families reside on the island or whose parents work on the island.
“The Scholar Awards program is based on a combination of achievement and need,” said Steffan. “Through this program, we are able to assist area families in securing a college education for their children and hopefully, provide a stepping stone to their future success.”
Both programs are funded through the annual Woman’s Club Gala and Boca Bargains.
“Without our members and supporters, who make these two fundraising efforts so successful, we would not be able to make these contributions to our community,” said Steffan. “We are grateful for their support.”
May 2017 will mark the 70th anniversary year of the Club’s founding in 1948. “Celebrating 70 Years of Service” will be the theme for the Club’s anniversary year.