Live Auction at Annual Dinner

Live Auction at Annual Dinner

JRF | Sep 04 2009 |

Thanks to Wilbur Mull at Classic Realty & Auction Co. Inc., we are going to have a great live auction at the Dinner this year.

One of the items up for bid is a 2 night/3 day getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Warren’s Ridge has 3 bedrooms with 3.5 bath along with a spacious finished basement furnished with an air hockey table, a pool table, a small kitchen bar, a 42" HDTV and a hot tub right outside the door. The master bath is outfitted with a jacuzzi tub and a walk-in shower.

An outdoor party porch with a fireplace is the perfect place to entertain. The front of the home features three levels of outdoor deck space to take advantage of the best views Mountain High and the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. You can see over 30 miles!

Warren’s Ridge also features HDTV and wireless broadband internet so you can stay connected and enjoy the latest in technology while experiencing the tranquility and sublimity of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Sleeping Arrangements: The cabin has three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a King sized bed, the other two bedroom have queen sized beds. The loft has two double sized futons (each can sleep 2). The lower level has a queen size sleeper sofa.

Don’t miss your chance to donate to a great cause and get a vacation at the same time! Make your reservations for our Annual Dinner here:


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Georgia Shares recognizes outstanding performance at UGA

Georgia Shares recognizes outstanding performance at UGA

JRF | Aug 13 2009 |

The University of Georgia was presented with the Georgia Shares MVP Award for its role as the top contributor in the state. Leaders of several Athens area non-profit charities presented the award on August 5, 2009 to UGA in appreciation for stellar performance. University employees pledged a total of over $435,000 in the fall 2008 charity campaign.

Despite difficult economic times resulting in tight household budgets, UGA employees continued to their support for others in critical need in the community. Their payroll pledges add up to significant contributions helping many area charities.

“We want to recognize the exceptional generosity of UGA employees, and also to express thanks for all the UGA campaign captains for their work – kudos!” said Sue Lawrence of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship fund.

UGA employees are making a difference in the lives of people in dire need every day, and they are truly unsung heroes in our community. The Athens area Georgia Shares charities comprise nine of the 38 member agencies: AIDs Athens, Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, Athens Area Homeless Shelter, Athens Justice Project, Athens Land Trust, Athens Oconee CASA, Bike Athens, Cat Zip Alliance, Georgia 4-H Foundation, Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund and Samaritan Counseling Center of Northeast Georgia.


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Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner

JRF | Aug 05 2009 |

Our 33rd Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 17th at The Classic Center in Athens, GA. We are thrilled that Melissa Fay Greene, award-winning author of Praying for Sheetrock and There Is No Me Without You, will be our guest speaker. Melissa Brooks, a 2008 JRF Scholar and recent graduate, will also join us.

Up for auction will be a Blue Ridge Mountain getaway, Widespread Panic tickets, local art and other exciting items. We’ll also continue the tradition of raffling a beautiful diamond bracelet, courtesy of JWR Jewelers, to support the scholarship program. The winning ticket will be drawn at the event, but you need not be present to win. More information about the bracelet. can purchase raffle tickets at the Dinner.

Event Information
Thursday, September 17
Social hour is at 5:30 p.m.
Seating is at 6:15 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30.

The Classic Center
300 N. Thomas Street
Athens, GA 30601

Driving directions can be found at The Classic Center website

Melissa Fay Greene
Greene is an award-winning journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Life and other national publications.

Her recent book, There Is No Me Without You, was named best book of the year by several publications including Publisher’s Weekly and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It tells of an Ethiopian widow who takes in and cares for AIDS-orphaned children. Greene’s insightful works tell compelling stories of people all over, from Georgia to Ethiopia.

Melissa Fay Greene will also be signing books, so be sure to bring your copy or buy one at the event!

You can find out more about Melissa at her website:


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Save the date…

Save the date…

JRF | Jul 17 2009 |

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund 33rd Annual Dinner Friday, September 17, 2009 The Classic Center, Athens, GA

Join us in celebrating our 80 outstanding scholars at our Annual Dinner. The 2009 keynote speaker is award-winning author Melissa Fay Greene. Her first book, Praying for Sheetrock, was named one of the 20th century’s top 100 works of journalism by the New York University School of Journalism. Her most recent book, There Is No Me Without You, was celebrated among the best books of 2006 by Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Chicago Tribune.

Featured speaker Melissa Brooks is a graduating JRF scholar. Melissa will receive her bachelor’s degree from Franklin University in August. We’re excited to hear about Melissa’s many accomplishments as a student, professional and mother.

Keep an eye on the blog and, of course, our homepage, for sponsor information, ticket sales, and more about some of our speakers in the next few weeks.

We can’t wait to see you in September!


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White House proposes simpler FAFSA

JRF | Jun 24 2009 |

We’re excited to hear about President Obama’s proposal for simplifying the FAFSA. The FAFSA, which is the federal government’s required form for college financial aid, is currently over 100 questions long. It’s so complex that as many as 1.5 million Pell grant-eligible students don’t complete the form. In other words, low-income students often find the form so daunting that they simply give up.

It isn’t just that eligible students don’t get the grants they qualify for. Forbes reports on one study that indicates that the FAFSA’s complexity sometimes pushes low-income students to more expensive, private loans instead of publicly-subsidized loans. The study’s author, Mark Kantrowitz, found that two-thirds of students who take out only private loans came from families with an income of less than $50,000.

At JRF, we’re for FAFSA reform that makes it easier for students to go to college, preferably without taking out expensive private loans. Plus, FAFSA reform couldn’t come at a better time, since, due to the recession, applications for student aid are up 12% over last year.


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