Proving that dreaming big gets results, several Arlington women who joined forces last year to make a difference in their community now have something big to show for it. Women Inspiring Philanthropy, formed under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of North Texas, recently awarded its first grant: $50,000 to SafeHaven to help the agency continue serving Arlington victims of domestic abuse.SafeHaven CEO Mary Lee Hafley said: “We are absolutely delighted to be WIP’s first recipient. Their investment will enable victims of domestic violence to achieve financial stability and independence. This strengthens not only their families but the entire Arlington community.”With plans to make annual grants to organizations focused on culture, education, environment, family and health and wellness, the members of WIP aim to transform lives by putting their heads, hearts and pocketbooks together. The only membership requirement is to be female and give at least $1,000 a year. “We have so many worthy organizations in our community,” WIP President Linda Dipert said in a news release. “We are thrilled to provide funding to advance SafeHaven’s programming.” She added, “I’m proud and excited to know this money was donated by local women making a difference in Arlington.”WIP members include Karen Bass, Linda Brookshire, Diane Cravens, Mary Tom Curnutt, Denise Dillow, Grace Ann Darden, Barbara Foster, Mary Grantges, Julie Landry, Glenda Mahoney, Tricia Maibach, Theresa Markham, Kyndal Nicol, Debi Patterson, Dana Rosenstein, Connie Ruff, Carol Sosebee and Pennye Wilemon. Dipert said the members are becoming informed philanthropists who are inspired by the impact their combined donations have.To learn more, contact Dipert at 817-271-5809 or WomenInspiringPhilanthropy@gmail.com.Sweat equity Ann Wrenn-Logan and Gregg Logan recently closed the Book Rack after 37 years in Pantego — a sad day for the legions of customers who loved the store. Some of the sting from this community loss was eased by the generous donation by the owners of their unsold inventory to the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.The sweat equity invested by the store owners over the years was felt, in no small part, by the dedicated Friends volunteers who showed up for several days to separate and pack the books for loading onto vehicles to take them to the charity’s warehouse. The books will later be handled to ready them for the annual Friends fall book sale.Friends President Wayne Halliburton led a dedicated volunteer team for many hours each day doing the backbreaking work. Friends member Candy Halliburton wrote on her Facebook page on the last day, “Thanks to the help and tremendous efforts of our amazing volunteers, and the help of other groups such as the Arlington AAUW, and the Salvation Army we were able to complete the task of emptying the shelves of the Book Rack…, and a special thanks to the Book Rack- Ann Wren Logan, Greg Logan, and Charlene Duffie.”Considering this latest windfall, it’s probably wise to mark your calendar now for the fall book sale, set for Sept. 18-22. To learn more, visit www.arlingtonlibrary.org/friends.New club presidentWhen Becky Lucas officially accepted the president’s gavel at an installation ceremony last month, she became the 30th president of one of Arlington’s oldest organizations, the Arlington Woman’s Club.Lucas has chosen “Connect, Create, Celebrate” as the theme for the club for the upcoming year. Congratulations to other officers who also began their year of leadership at the ceremony: Judy Duke, Theresa Gilmore, Carolyn Jolly, Laura Lace, Doris Short and Pauline Hornsten.A spotlight moment at the annual gathering is the awards presentations. Receiving the Cooper Award for exceptional club and community service was Anita Copeland. Sharing the limelight were Jeanne Baptiste, the AWC Award winner, and O.K. Carter, a nonmember recognized for his special contributions and friendship to the club. Philanthropy chairwoman Sharon Dougherty presented (drum roll here) a check for more than $18,000 to Arlington Charities, the designated beneficiary of AWC’s annual philanthropic funding. Happily accepting was the executive from the charity, Melanie Gibson.More good news came with the announcement that the scholarship fund for Arlington school district seniors was growing with a check for more than $7,000.To learn more, visit www.awctx.org or call the office at 817-277-7666.
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