For Immediate Release
March 12, 2007
Women's Chamber Honors Charter Members With Donation To The Hill Country
The Kerr County Women’s Chamber celebrated a 35th Anniversary on March 7th. A $500 donation was presented by president, Teresa Faure’ to Jennifer Farhoudi, associate director of development for annual giving at Schreiner University. The gift was presented in the name of Women’s Chamber charter members Marj Nicholson and Delores Livingston to honor their 35 years of service to the Women’s Chamber and Kerrville community.
From left to right, Marj Nicholson and Delores
Nicholson, both charter members of the Kerr County Women's Chamber, Jennifer
Farhoudi, associate director of development for annual giving at Schreiner
University, and Teresa Faure’, president of Kerr County Women's Chamber.
The Women’s Chamber is a community service organization founded in 1972 as a Division of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1997 they reorganized and formed the Kerr County Women’s Chamber, Inc. With a current membership of 125, and a mission to work to improve the Kerrville community through charitable, civic, and environmental projects and programs, the donation to the Hill Country College Fund was chosen to support the educational opportunities available at our local university.
Other community projects currently supported by the membership include:
- Women Helping Women Scholarship Program – scholarships available to women seeking to advance their careers by pursuing a degree.
- Beautification awards and projects – monthly awards are presented to recognize outstanding landscaping efforts of individuals and business throughout the community. Additionally, over the years trees, benches, and other enhancements have been made to local parks. This year a $1,000 donation was given to the Doyle School for a landscaping project.
- Outstanding Woman of the Year Award – presented annually at the Chamber of Commerce banquet.
- 4 of July concessions – members provide food and drink items and games for the children in Louise Hays Park in support of annual 4th of July celebrations.
- Holiday Lighting of Tranquility Island
- Recycling of ink and toner cartridges in an effort to save our environment by keeping these items from our local landfills.
- Food bank donations – donations are collected monthly for local food banks.
- Christian Women’s Job Corp Mentors – members volunteer to teach classes and serve as mentors to CWJC students.
Membership to the Women’s Chamber is open to anyone wishing to be involved in making Kerrville a better place. Information may be obtained by contacting Membership Chairman, Fay Faure’ (739-4537). Monthly lunch meetings are the first Wednesday of the month.
Since the Hill Country College Fund began in 1977, it has provided more than $8 million in need-based tuition assistance to students from Kimble, Kerr, Gillespie, Kendall, Bandera, Real, and Edwards counties and helps more than 250 Hill Country students annually. Hill Country College Fund grants provide an average of over $2,900 a year per recipient and one hundred percent of funds raised goes to student scholarships.
If you would like more information on how the Hill Country College Fund is making a difference for area Schreiner University students, or if you would like to make a contribution, visit Schreiner’s Web site at www.schreiner.edu or call 830-792-7201.