It takes a community

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The Back Lot owners David and Missy Meikle and general manager Jess Londo hosted a “Pints for a Cause” benefit to support WRCNM services. They pledged to donate $1 of every Blackrocks Brewery 51K IPA poured at their downtown Petoskey location which totaled $1,346. Pictured above (front from left) Chris Krajewski, WRCNM Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Program Director; Gail Kloss, WRCNM Executive Director; Missy Meikle, owner of The Back Lot; (back from left) Angie Linsenman, WRCNM Counseling and Advocacy Program Director; Jess Londo, The Back Lot General Manager; Kari VandenBrink, WRCNM Development Director; Andrea Koch, WRCNM Assistant Director.

Charlevoix County Community Foundation provided a $7,500 grant for general support which is in addition to the $18,000 awarded in April for basic needs.  These grants are especially beneficial after more than a year of uncertainty due to the pandemic.

Belle Aquatic in Harbor Springs launched a virtual benefit to support WRCNM services.  Store owner, Katie McGauley donates 100% of the proceeds of several jewelry items on her website to support services for adult and child survivors of abuse and assault. McGauley and her mother Kathy Cavanagh have also supported WRCNM as volunteer Table Designers and Table Captains at Women Can/Women Do fundraising luncheons. Visit: belleaquatic.com/community.

WRCNM friends always find creative ways of supporting the organization.  Ashley Davis recently donated $220.20 from a yard sale she had over the July 4th weekend.

The Hestia Women’s Giving Circle provided funding to WRCNM and several other local nonprofits during their June meeting. The Hestia Women’s Giving Circle is a donor-advised fund of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. The grant is for educational scholarships provided by WRCNM’s Educational and Employment Services.