Women’s Club knows how to fundraise

Friday, February 15, 2013


Bedford Women’s Club

The Bedford Women’s Club is a charitable and social not-for-profit organization open to women in Bedford and surrounding communities. Originally founded as a service organization, the Women’s Club has gone through many changes in its 108-year history.  Today, the club gives its members the chance to enjoy fellowship, while raising funds for charities and scholarships in Bedford.  Fundraising is not an easy task, but the women in the club take it on with smiles and enthusiasm.

Earlier this month, we hosted a Super Bowl Party where the real winners were the charitable organizations of the Bedford area.  Good food and great times were had while we raised money and watched the Ravens and 49ers do battle in New Orleans.

The Bedford Women’s Club has held many successful fundraising events this year. Last spring, the club hosted a lunch at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. BWC members came together on short notice to help raise funds to benefit the families and animals affected by the Perry Hill Farm fire. We rallied together to support our friends and neighbors who were so devastated by this tragedy. As the weather warmed, we co-sponsored the “Follow the Blooms” garden tour held in conjunction with the Bedford Garden Club. Months of preparation and planning were needed to successfully germinate one of Bedford’s finest traditions. This joint effort helped grow the charitable funds that each organization uses to give back to the Bedford area. The grounds and gardens of many local homes and Memorial School were opened to the public for their enjoyment and inspiration.

Each and every BWC member can be counted on to dedicate her time and efforts throughout the year. Our women volunteer countless hours lending a hand in support of our community. Recently, several ladies have been selling the BWC “Tasteful Treasures” cookbook, along with jigsaw puzzles of historic Bedford and matching magnets. The next time you see a BWC table at a local event, please take a moment to stop and say hello. During the holiday seasons, our members brandished ribbons, bows and crisp decorative paper to help desperate shoppers too busy to wrap their gifts.

They provided smiles and decoratively wrapped packages at the Barnes and Noble Wrap for BWC charities. In years past, many other fundraising events have helped raise money for local charities and scholarships. We have hosted spectacular balls and elegant pageants for our members and friends.

This year, we are reintroducing a popular event, the “Whale of a Sale.” We have had great success with this in the past, and our current members are updating the tradition for contemporary times. Our ladies are scouring their closets, basements and garages for one-of-a-kind treasures to bring to the event. If you love treasure hunting and are want to support local charities and provide scholarships to Bedford women and high school students, plan on joining us for this unique opportunity. Historically, one of our most successful endeavors is the annual “Time and Talent Auction.” Each spring, our members generously donate their time and talents at auction. Items up for bid range from quilts, jewelry and paintings, to photography sessions or help with your landscaping from experienced local gardeners, all donated to raise money for the BWC charities. This is a lively event where the bidding wars are as entertaining and enjoyable to watch as the items are themselves.

From previous efforts, more than $35,000 has been raised and donated back to the community and its members. According to this year’s Co-President, Kathleen McMillan, “The Bedford Women’s Club tries for innovative and novel ways to raise funds to help support local organizations that enhance our community and its individuals.”

We have supported the local schools, fire and police departments, and provided scholarships to high school students and non-traditional students returning to further their educations. It is a blessing to be able to have fun, raise awareness in our community, and benefit our fellow citizens. The Bedford Women’s Club is poised to have another successful year, and we are always looking for women interested in enjoying the company of our members while donating their time and efforts to help us succeed.

Kathleen Catania is
co-president of the Bedford Women’s Club.

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