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Georgian Bay Gals Give holding fall giving event Monday

Philathropic women's group raising funds for Georgian Bay Food Network and Warm and Cozy during fundraiser at Brooklea Golf and Country Club
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Pictured here are founding GGG members from far right: Kathy Elsdon Befort and Lyn Wolfhard along with Kate Arnold and Cathy Greer from Community Reach. The group raised $42,000 for the non-profit during its spring event.

A philanthropic women’s group is hosting its fall event Monday at Brooklea Golf and Country Club.

Slated to run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Georgian Bay Gals Give fundraiser gives participants a chance to mingle, enjoy a drink and hors d’ouevres as well the important task of raising some much needed funds for local non-profits.

“This fall we are doing a ‘trial’ split donation for two worthy charities,” said Michelle Mink, a founding member of the group, which is also known as GGG for brevity.

“Members will commit to donating equally to both chosen and voted upon charities,” Mink said. “So that means that as a member you would donate $100 to each of the two local charities.”

This time around, members have voted and the two chosen charities are the Georgian Bay Food Network and Warm and Cozy.

Normally, the group selects one charity with each member contributing $200 towards the chosen non-profit.

“But our members wanted to spread their kindness and have an impact on two charities and give this split of donations a trial,” Mink added.

“We can't begin to thank our members enough. Their donations are impacting worthwhile charities in our community and that is absolutely incredible.”

However, Mink had high praise for others for ensuring events like Monday’s are successful.

“Brooklea has graciously donated their facilities for us to host and the Mortgage Centre, Jenna Lorette, Linda Chaplin and Sharelle MacArthur are donating the food,” she said. “What a great and generous community we live in.”

The initial launch of Gbay Gals Give was June 7th, 2018 at the Midland Golf and Country Club with members donating $24,000 to Georgian Bay General Hospital.

Since then, the group has supported a number of worthy causes, including the CLH Foundation, Hospice Huronia, the Guesthouse Shelter, Huronia Transition Homes and the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre.

Last spring after a pandemic-related hiatus, it returned to in-person events and raised $42,000 for Community Reach, its highest-ever donation.

And what started out with relatively modest intentions in 2018 has quickly blossomed into a group that now features more than 200 women.

Mink said anyone interested in joining “this amazing group of women” is more than welcome, by contacting them at [email protected] or through their visit website.

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