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GIVING CIRCLE: Women’s group crosses 10-year mark

July 11, 2013

Dr. Patricia Bader (left), from Northeast Indiana Genetic Counseling Center, was the guest speaker at Whitley County Giving Circle for Women’s Health’s 10-year celebration. Aileen Meier (right), president of the steering committee, shared some of the group’s successes. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — For 10 years, Whitley County’s Giving Circle for Women’s Health has reached out to ladies who might need medical care and support.

Wednesday, the organization celebrated the decade of service with a luncheon. Aileen Meier, president of the steering committee, revealed some impressive numbers for the group.

Since its inception, the Giving Circle has given 140 mammograms, totalling approximately $40,000. Since fundraising has been an ongoing focus for the group, Meier was “pleased” to announce the fund had an approximate balance of $164,000.

“This is very exciting and good news for us,” Meier said. “We can do a lot of great things.”

Recently, the Giving Circle awarded three grants. One was given to the Purdue Extension Office for a family nutrition program that teaches participants how to stretch the grocery budget.

Second, Passages, Inc. was given a partial grant for counseling and classes for its female clients with intellectual disabilities.

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