GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club Named 2019 Business Award Finalist
Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
JANUARY 25, 2019 – Clearwater, Florida The GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club was named 2019 Small Charity of the Year finalist at the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards. The award winners were announced at the Chamber’s 97th Annual Meeting on January 24 at Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach.
“We are deeply honored to be a finalist and to be recognized among such outstanding charities in our community,” said Laura Connelly, President, GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club. “To be a finalist fuels our commitment to further expand our philanthropy, advocacy and volunteer service this year. A special thank you to the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce and panel of judges.”
Since its founding in 2003, the GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club has grown to 166 members. Unique in its breadth of community service, the club supports over 160 community service projects each year. In any given week, members are preparing dinner for 150 homeless at Peace Café in Clearwater, sewing blankets for kids in foster care, cleaning the Pinellas Trail, greeting veterans on Honor Flights, educating teens on dating and healthy relationships, collecting new and gently used children’s books and distributing them to new Habitat for Humanity homeowners, after-school programs, and foster care agencies, and more.
Since 2013, club members have volunteered over 120,000 hours, contributed nearly $250,000 of in-kind donations to community charities and donated over $105,000 for local community grants and scholarships.
About the GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club
GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization united in our passion to positively impact lives in Pinellas County. Members are very active in a variety of community improvement projects and strive to address all aspects of the community, including foster children, the homeless, school systems, civic duties and social responsibilities, and environmental issues. Visit our website www.gfwcnpwc.org to see to see the impact we’ve made.
About the General Federation of Women’s Clubs
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With over 10,000 members in Florida and over 90,000 members worldwide, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.
Left to Right: Laura Connelly, President, GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club; Mayor Cretekos; GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club member Cindy Granger and club founder, Jane Hussar