Community Foundation Women’s Fund Brunch Rescheduled


The Community Foundation of Randolph County has rescheduled its 10th annual Women’s Fund brunch and auction for Saturday, September 26th from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall in Winchester. The event, previously scheduled for April 18, was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The art contest and auction sponsored by Old National Bank has also been rescheduled to coincide with the brunch event.

Tickets for the brunch are $20 each and must be purchased by August 28 at the Community Foundation office, 120 W. Washington Street in Winchester, or online at

“Ladies that have already purchased tickets may keep them for the September 26th luncheon,” explained Committee Co-Chair Shelly Symmes. “Anyone needing a refund due to the change in date should contact the Community Foundation,” Symmes added.

Guests at the September 26th event will enjoy mimosa punch and a catered meal prepared by Café at Twelve Hundred. All ladies are welcome and are encouraged to bring friends, sisters, mothers and daughters. America’s Majestic Ms., Lyndsea Burke, will make an appearance and assist with various aspects of the event.

Elizabeth Helms will speak at the brunch and help present grant checks to non-profit organizations for projects that empower women and children in Randolph County. Helms is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Ascension St. Vincent and an advocate for projects and organizations that empower women and youth. She was instrumental in helping to bring the Creating Positive Relationships Program to Randolph County Schools to help reduce teen pregnancy. She also brought the Reach Out and Read Program to four rural Randolph County health clinics. The program ensures that children ages six months to six years receive a free book during their well child check. Helms has served as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and helped secure funding for the Randolph County Sexual Assault Response Team. She has also served as a Girl Scout leader and volleyball coach.

“Elizabeth Helms’s Girl Scout Troupe was one of the first recipients of a Women’s Fund Grant and the planning committee felt strongly that she should be there when we present grant awards on the 10th anniversary of the fund,” Symmes shared.

Other popular components of the event are the silent auction, live auction, and art auction, which feature tables full of beautiful items donated by local businesses, individuals, and organizations.

“Last year’s art auction was a huge success and we are excited to be doing it again this year,” stated Co-Chair Stephanie Ward. “Old National Bank has generously donated cash prizes for artwork. All donated artwork will be judged and there will be one $300 first place award plus four $50 honorable mention awards. The Art Association of Randolph County has generously offered to donate a stipend for the judge and we are very grateful to them,” Ward added.

Proceeds from sold artwork and other auction items will be used to fund future grants for projects that empower women and children and to grow the Women’s Endowment Fund.

The theme of this year’s event is Reflections on 10 Years of Giving.  However, artists are not required to incorporate the theme into their artwork.  Mediums of all types will be accepted but should be a size and weight that will allow one person to carry it (50 lbs). Pieces should be stable when on a flat surface or be able to be hung on a wall.

Studio and plein air artist, Lawrence Sexton, will judge the artwork. Sexton’s paintings, drawings, and prints feature regional landscapes as well as scenes from his travels around the world. He has taught in public and private classrooms and was an Assistant Professor of Art at Earlham College. He is also a founding member of the Whitewater Artists Guild of East Central Indiana.

Artists interested in donating artwork should confirm their participation by calling Ward at 765.305.2409 by August 5th or via email at

Artwork should be delivered to the Community Foundation of Randolph County before September 1st. Art will be judged on Wednesday, September 2nd. Winners will be notified on September 3rd and recognized at the brunch on September 26th.

The Women’s Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Randolph County. It was opened in 2011 by the late Rev. Cherie Isakson to create better futures for the women and children of Randolph County.  Isakson passed away in 2013 but the fund lives on.

Since its inception, the fund has granted more than $20,000 to Randolph County non-profit organizations. Past grant recipients include the Girl Scouts, Pregnancy Care Center, and YMCA Girls on the Run, to name a few.

In addition, enough money has been saved to open an endowment fund, which has a balance of more than $25,000. Anyone may become a member of the Women’s Fund by making a yearly donation of $50. All members are welcome to serve on the committee that selects grant recipients and plans the brunch.