A Special Valentine’s Day - The Sunshine Lady Challenge 2010
Laura Bierema and Mark Ebell were the hosts of a Valentine-themed party in their home last Saturday. The event was the kickoff of the $100,000 Sunshine Lady Challenge Grant, a fundraiser benefiting Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund.
The challenge was given by JRF supporter Doris Buffett of Sunshine Lady Foundation, who has offered to match $50,000 in new or increased donations $1:$1, for a total gift to JRF of $100k. Donors can see their contributions matched, helping JRF provide much-needed scholarships to low-income women 35 and older.
As past president of JRF, Bierema helped build the program to its current level of awarding 80 scholarships annually. She and Ebell plan to double their gift this year. The deadline for the challenge is June 30, 2010.
College expenses have increased 121 percent in past 30 years
According to the Washington Post, since 1980, “the average cost of tuition and room and board has grown by a staggering 121 percent while median household income has risen a mere 18 percent.” Read the article, As college costs rise, loans become harder to get to find out how this is affecting low and middle-income students.
Hope Mugs Make Great Gifts
A new selection of handcrafted mugs is just out of the kiln! These beautiful mugs were made by local potters at Good Dirt in Athens, GA exclusively for Jeannette Rankin Foundation this holiday season. Each mug is imprinted with the word Hope and all proceeds benefit JRF.
Mugs may be purchased for $15 at any of the following locations in Athens:
Homeplace Gifts: 1676 S Lumpkin Street
Two Story Coffeehouse: 1680 S Lumpkin Street
Jittery Joe’s Coffee Roasting Co: 780 E Broad Street
Good Dirt’s 12th Annual Holiday Pottery Sale: 510 N Thomas Street (12/11 6-9pm; 12/12-13 9am-6pm)
JRF Office: 1 Huntington Road, Suite 701 (M-F 9am-5pm)
Collection of JRF scholar stories has been published
Daring to Dream, inspiring success stories of thirty JRF scholars, has been published just in time for holiday gift giving. This collection reminds us that living a meaningful life is a process of discovery; one that can be started, and restarted, at any age.
Copies are just $14.95, and the proceeds support JRF’s mission to continue helping women earn a valuable college education.
A note about shipping: Once your payment information has been entered, you may choose from economy shipping, priority shipping, or local customers may pick up orders at the JRF office.
Remembering Karen Holt
JRF grieves the loss of Karen Holt, assistant vice president of the Institute for Public Service at the University of Tennessee, who passed away October 27. Karen served on our board of directors since 2007. She was a good friend of JRF and will be greatly missed.
A farewell tribute will be held in Athens, GA on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Heritage Garden of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Ave, Athens GA 30605.