Old National Bank to Sponsor Women’s Fund Art Auction

Women’s Fund Spring Brunch & auction

The Women’s Fund of Randolph County will host its annual spring brunch and auction on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall in Winchester.

Tickets for the brunch are $15 each and must be purchased by March 22 at the Community Foundation office, 120 W. Washington Street in Winchester, or online at www.randolphcountyfoundation.org

“Only 125 tickets will be sold for this event and none will be sold at the door” explained Women’s Fund Committee Chair Stephanie Ward. “We encourage ladies to purchase tickets early.”

Guests at the April 13 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.

Missy Williams will speak at the brunch. Williams retired from Randolph Central School Corporation in 2018 after 39 years as Director of Library/Media Services. She has served on the Winchester Public Library Board of Trustees and on the Winchester City Council. In March of 2018, she joined the Randolph Economic Development Corporation as the Community Development Director.

The Women’s Fund Committee will also present grant checks to five deserving non-profit organizations for projects that empower women and children in Randolph County. Silent and live auctions will feature tables full of beautiful items donated by local businesses and organizations.

“A new and exciting component of this year’s auction is that 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”

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 Ladies’ Luau: The Future is So Bright, We’ve Gotta Wear Shades!  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.

Professional artist Pam Frazier will judge the artwork. Frazier is a children’s book illustrator, graphic designer, and set designer for Richmond Civic Theatre. She has won awards for her paintings of the Gennett Musicians.

“The Art Association of Randolph County has generously offered to donate a stipend for the judge and we are very grateful to them and to Old National Bank for their generous donation of cash prizes for the artists”

Artists interested in donating artwork should confirm their participation by calling Ward at 765.584.9077 ext. 201 by March 22 or via email at sward@randolphcountyfoundation.org.

Artwork should be delivered to the Community Foundation of Randolph County on Monday, April 8 or Tuesday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Art will be judged on Wednesday, April 10. Prize winners will be recognized at the brunch on April 13.

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 nearly $18,000 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 with a balance of more than $20,000. 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.