PULLMAN— The Pullman Regional Hospital Women’s Leadership Guild awarded $7,800 to the non-profit Families Together for People with Disabilities on Thursday, May 31 at the inaugural Girlfriends Gather event.

The event drew 78 women who each made a $100 contribution to nominate an eligible non-profit of their choice to take home all donations. To be eligible, the non-profits must align with the mission to serve women’s and children’s health and wellness in Whitman, Latah, Nez Perce or Asotin County.

“The gift from the Women’s Leadership Guild Girlfriends Gather event is about 10% of our operating budget,” said Karen Nelson, Executive Director of Families Together. “Due to necessary budget cuts, we were not going to be able to offer the summer day camps, but this gift is able to fund the summer camps. We’ll serve 20-30 children per week.  This is a great resource for parents and kids to connect in an organized play environment.”

22 non-profits were nominated at the event, and three were drawn at random to present their case. Karen Karpman, a member of the Pullman Regional Hospital Board of Commissioners, spoke on behalf of Families Together for People with Disabilities, sharing a personal story how her family benefited from the organization. After the three presentations, all attendees submitted their vote for one of the three.  

“It was exciting for the Women’s Leadership Guild to be showing leadership in our community for women’s involvement in philanthropy, said Angie Feuerstein, Chair of the Women’s Leadership Guild. “The Girlfriends Gather event was an opportunity for women in our community to experience the joy of giving as a group.”

More information can be found online at www.pullmanregional.org/wlg.

The Women’s Leadership Guild—established in 2015—empowers regional non-profit agencies in support of women’s and children’s health and wellness and Pullman Regional Hospital’s highest needs through membership contributions.

The 39-member Guild is chaired by Angie Feuerstein and includes board members Ashley Alred, Shelley Bennett, Virginia Martinson, and Stacey Swift.

Contact: Alison Weigley, Assistant Director of Development, Marketing & Major Gifts 
Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation 

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