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GFWC The Punta Gorda Club meets in the historic Woman’s Club building at 118 Sullivan Street. Jannett Hawley is the GFWC Punta Gorda’s current president, and in a recent interview, shared the following amazing work that the Punta Gorda Club is engaged in. The Club works hard to raise funds in a variety of creative ways and then seeks to disburse it in ways that provides the most benefit towards the entire community. The Punta Gorda club raises the funds for and distributes four $1000 high school scholarships each year. As a club, they have been partnering with local groups to provide resources that just were not there. Fifty-two years ago, the Club started to provide milk money for Head Start children who did not have milk to drink. This past year, that program has evolved into its present form, where the club provides clothing from “head to toe” for 100 Head Start children. Punta Gorda Above: Mary Lou Kennedy and Karen McElhaney accept a donation on behalf of C.A.R.E. Right: Barbara Holland, member since 1989, talks about the Giving Tree at a meeting. Below: Portrait of a Bride event featuring wedding gowns from the 1800s to today Fundraising has allowed the Punta Gorda GFWC the chance to send monthly donations to the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.). They also raise funds to send participants to the Hugh O’Brien Youth Camp (HOBY) that encourages young people all over the world to develop their leadership and critical-thinking skills in order to achieve their highest potential. On the state level, the Punta Gorda GFWC raises funds and helps the Hacienda House, a home in Melbourne for girls that have no other place to go. General Federation of Women’s Clubs from all over Florida built Below: Board members Dorothy Polson, 1st Vice President; Deb Worthington, 'LETPEMR&#1f;/EXL]3VXL
'EPPIV&#1f; Jannett Hawley, President; Kathleen Hobbs, Secretary; Cathy Loredo, Corresponding Secretary; Jane Pierce, Kitchen Chair; and Theresa Murtha, Publicity Chair 138 | HARBOR STYLE

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