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Carol Bafus – Guest Contributor
Jun 26 @ 00:00
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The annual Distribution of Funds Meeting and Dinner was held June 15, 2017 at the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club. Eleven non-profit charities and twelve KISD graduating seniors were presented with grants and scholarships. A total of $75,000.00 was awarded by the Greater Keller Women’s Club Foundation. The Garden of Roses Fashion Show fundraiser raised $65,000.00 and the GKWC contributed $10,000.00 from miscellaneous fundraisers held throughout the year.

This event is held to award and recognize local charities that work tirelessly each and every day for the betterment of our community, and to help twelve KISD graduating seniors attend the college of their choice.

Grants totally $39,000.00 were awarded to: Arts Council of Northeast, Battered Women’s Foundation, CASA of Tarrant County, Christ’s Haven for Children, Community Storehouse, Metroport Meals on Wheels, Mid-Cities Care Corp, Neuro Assistance Foundation, North Texas SNAP, Safe Haven and Victory Therapy Center.

A $3,000.00  scholarship was awarded to each of our twelve graduating seniors: Janine Bariuan, Samantha Duven, Caleb Crawley and Marissa Cleveland (Central High School); Siobain Medina, Alexandria Carrillo, Kayla Butner, and Samantha Webb ( Fossil Ridge High School) Maci Carr and Jenna Erb (Keller High School), and Kofi Agyare (Timber Creek High School).  Nicole Huette from Keller High School was the Holly Bowden Scholarship recipient. Congratulations to each and every one!

Since the GKWC Foundation was established 21 years ago, $1,259,139.00 in grants and scholarships have been awarded.

Caroline Sherman was recognized as the GKWC 2017 Shining Star, an annual award of the Northeast Arts Council honoring volunteers. Caroline is the epitome of the meaning of “Volunteer”, tirelessly working and “Giving Back” with her time, talents, and determination.

The GKWC has been a member of President’s Volunteer Service Awards program since 2009. A program that recognizes an ongoing commitment to community wellbeing and continued civic participation.  The GKWC is involved in more than 25 annual planned charitable events each year, accumulating volunteer hours totaling over 11,800 this past year.

The GKWC mission is to further the common goal and general welfare of the community and to provide a means to pursue mutual interests and participate in the community.