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Press Release January 2015 (Michael House)

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It’s the pregnant and parenting young women staying at Michael House who will benefit from the latest 100 Women Who Care meeting.

On Jan. 12 the fundraising group voted to donate $11,900 to Michael House, which provides shelter and emotional, physical and spiritual support for mothers who need assistance, said a news release.

The January meeting was the 100 Women Who Care’s second meeting, and 119 women attended. All members nominate a charity of their choice, and three are chosen from a hat. Then everyone votes for one of the three charities, and the one with the most votes receives the donation.

Four meetings are held a year, and at each one members make $100 donations, says 100 Women Who Care on their website. That means more than $40,000 will be distributed to four different local charities between October 2014 (when the first meeting was held) and October 2015.

The next meeting will be held 7 p.m. April 13 at the Delta hotel. For more information visit,

Press Release October 2014 (Hospice Wellington)

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A new group of local women who have come together for the sake of supporting local charities has made its first donation – $9,700 to Hospice Wellington’s art therapy program.

The group, called 100 Women Who Care Guelph, based on similar groups in other cities, was started by friends Sharon Lewis, Diane Nelson and Tannis Sprott.

“The concept is simple,” said Sprott in an email. “One hundred women meet four times a year (once per quarter) and each time agree to donate $100 each to a local charity that is nominated by and voted on by the membership. That means $40,000 per year invested in local charities right here in Guelph.” The group, which was working toward its initial goal of recruiting 100 members, held its inaugural meeting at the end of October and ultimately chose Hospice over the Rainbow Chorus and Ed Video.

The organization is now continuing its membership drive, hoping to recruit a total of 125 women by its next meeting, which is set for Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Delta Guelph Hotel. For information about joining, visit