Firefighters, puppies, and seniors making pitches to get $10k from 100 Women Who Care

100 Women Who Care Fort St. John chapter committee members (L-R): Annette Lang, Callie Pimm, Tara Waddy, Cindy Mohr, Karin Carlson, and (absent from photo) Karen Mason-Bennett. Photo by Chris Newton

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John branch of 100 Women Who Care will be hearing pitches from local charities next week as they aim to receive a donation of $10,000.

Karin Carlson helped start the 100 Women Who Care chapter in the Energetic City last year after a chapter started in Dawson Creek. The premise of the organization is simple: the 100+ women in attendance at meetings each donate $100, which is pooled and donated to a local charitable organization.

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Three local charities are then drawn from a hat, and make a seven-minute pitch to the women to get their votes. At its inaugural meeting at the Lido Theatre last September, the 115 women in attendance hear presentations from the North Peace Ride for the Disabled, the Women’s Resource Society, and New Day in the Peace Ministries.

“It really comes down to the presentation,” said Carlson. “The Ride for the Disabled was very creative, they actually brought a horse into the Lido Theatre to demonstrate what kind of equipment they use and how it works for their members.”

The Ride for the Disabled was voted as the winning organization at the first meeting, earning a donation of $11,500. Carlson said that this time around, the North Peace SPCA, Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society, and the Fort St. John and area Seniors Care Foundation were drawn randomly as the three charities that will be competing. The Fort St. John Library Association was originally in the running but had to withdraw. Carlson said she hopes to get 150 women out to their second meeting.

The 100 Women will be hosting their second meeting at the Lido on March 6th, starting at 6:00 p.m. with presentations beginning at 7:00.

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