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Cuba-themed fundraiser garners cash for scholarships

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The Women’s Club of Great Falls Scholarship Fund garnered $53,000 through its inaugural “Havana Night” fund-raiser, which drew together 150 people to support scholarships for local college students.

The event, held April 23 at River Bend Country Club, brought in the largest amount of funding in the 40-year history of the scholarship fund.

The fund-raiser’s success, along with the Fund’s recent establishment of its third endowment at George Mason University, marks a significant benchmark of growth and maturity as a non-profit organization. All proceeds will be allocated toward scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year to students attending George Mason University and the ADVANCE program at Northern Virginia Community College.

“With increased resources, the Fund will be able to award scholarships at a higher amount to more students, meeting its long-term strategic goal of making a more significant impact on the lives of students advancing toward a four-year degree,” leaders said.

Havana Night was also a celebration of the Fund’s expanding mission, announced last fall, to begin awarding scholarships to all students regardless of gender. Jackie Hughes, director of fund-raising for the Scholarship Fund, welcomed guests at Havana Night saying, “This is a night to have fun while celebrating our growth in gender equality and the success of our scholarship and endowment programs, while also raising money for our students. Individually and collectively, they have consistently given us hope, year after year, for a better tomorrow.”

The event featured both an online silent auction and a live auction conducted by auctioneer and emcee Rick Bernstein, featuring lots donated by Bentley Washington D.C., the Ritz-Carlton Tysons and the Charleston Place in South Carolina, as well as curated packages offering experiences including a private boat tour and a privately held polo match in Warrenton.

Guests enjoyed Cuban-inspired cuisine, cigar-rolling presented by Cortez Cigars and dancing with DJ Pat Premier.

Havana Night was organized by the Scholarship Fund’s event committee, including Christie Lavin, Sally Anne Andrew Pyne, Jackie Hughes, Jayana Garvey, Jenny Stephens, Emma Reynolds, Lindsay Harper, Dynne Sung, Suzanne Charleston, Cory Clarke, Joanna Banks, Maggie Hammond, Megan Damron, Shelley Davenport, Becky Corcoran, Elle Dickerson, Ann Fragale, Jamie Bennett, Kelly Singer, Kathleen Gwinn, Karen Deardorff, Tressa Mattingly, Natalie Valmont, Kim Moss, Missy Perkins, Lisette Kvortek, Jacqueline Reid and Ngyun Roche.

Among top corporate donors and individual sponsors were Kate Herzig Realtor; NNData; Bic DeCaro & Associates; Jackie Hughes; Kilby Solutions; Great Falls Pilates; Data Machines; George Mason Mortgage; Spry; Mark and Erin Lobato; JDSAT; Bambi Landew; and Rohan Capture.

The Scholarship Fund was established in 1983. For information, see the Website at https://www.womensclubgfsf.org/.

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