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Women of Vision Advisory Board welcomes two new members

Dec 6, 2019

The Flagler College Women of Vision Advisory Board welcomed two new members in November. Nancy Birchall and Samara Gluck were elected by majority vote of the 21-person board.

Women of Vision board members in front of Abare Hall for group photo.

Photo by Monarch Studios. 2019-20 Women of Vision Advisory Board Members. Front Row, (L-R) Susan Joyner, Linda Allen-Hawkins, Kathi Keller, Janice Long; second Row, (L-R) Paula Hutson, Jean Tucker, Lynda Kirker, Kristy Myers, Julie McGuire, Barbara Cone, Diane Key; third Row, (L-R) Deborah Thompson, Karen Glenos, Cathy Burkhardt, Sandy Meeks, Samara Gluck, Liz Dolan, Megan Austin; fourth Row, (L-R) Sheia Pleasant-Doine, Philadelphia Zimmermann, Nancy Birchall, Sue Freytag, Shannon Murray, Linda Hall, Lisa Chismark. Members not pictured: Araan Burnett, Letti Bozard, Barbara Mahoney.


“We are delighted that Nancy and Samara have joined us,” said board Chair Kathi Keller. “They will undoubtedly bring energy and creativity to the Women of Vision’s mission to provide scholarships and leadership opportunities for women at the college.”

Since its inception in 2014, the Women of Vision Fund has awarded 23 scholarships totaling more than $61,000, while building an endowment of over $300,000. The endowment will be available to fund scholarships for deserving female students well into the future. The number of scholarships has increased every year, with two being awarded in 2014 and seven in 2019.

Funds are raised primarily through the organization’s annual Power of the Purse fundraiser, which features a luncheon in Flagler’s grand dining hall, a silent auction of designer handbags and other unique items, and a raffle of valuable jewelry pieces.

The sixth annual Power of the Purse is scheduled for May 7, 2020. Event Chair and Advisory Board Vice Chair Linda Allen-Hawkins has announced that this year’s luncheon fundraiser will include a new programming feature. Instead of the traditional guest speaker, there will be a panel of past scholarship recipients who will discuss the impact of the Women of Vision scholarships on their lives – while attending Flagler College and after graduation.

“Every year a large percentage of our guests have commented about how much they enjoy and appreciate the comments of the scholarship recipient selected to be on the program,” said Allen-Hawkins. “So, we decided that it was time to hear from a number of previous scholarship winners and learn how their lives have changed. We think it will be a meaningful experience.”

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