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Club donates record amount

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club awarded more than $35,000 in its 2013-2014 fundraising year. At its meeting May 12, Club President Mary Lois Spain-Sipes on behalf of the club presented $6,375 to five charities, one more charity than previous years. The benefactors include Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center, Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM), Wise County Christian Counseling, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Wise and Jack Counties and Raquel’s Wings For Life.

Record Breaking Donation

RECORD-BREAKING DONATION – At its meeting May 12 Decatur Junior Woman’s Club President Mary Lois Spain-Sipes (third from right) presented five charities each a $6,375 check and honored two scholarship recipients. Pictured (from left) are Branda Thomas with Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center; Rick Ross with Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM); Beverly Ross with Wise County Christian Counseling; Serene Smith with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Wise and Jack Counties; Spain-Sipes; Decatur High School senior Morgan Haney, scholarship recipient; and Fabio LaBrada of Raquel’s Wings For Life. Not pictured is scholarship recipient Megan O’Flaherty, a DHS senior. Messenger photo by Erika Pedroza

The club also awarded a $1,000 scholarship each to Decatur High School seniors Morgan Haney and Megan O’Flaherty.

Club members also donated $1,000 to Decatur Parks and Recreation, $500 to Wise County Special Needs Baseball and $250 to 1000 Miles Til Home, which provides homes to wounded war veterans.

The club raised $36,374.93 through its four trademark events – City on a Hill Color Run 5K and Fun Run, Park Classic golf tournament, Daddy Daughter Dance and Wise Hoops 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Last year the Club donated $33,000, which was about double the previous year’s award.

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