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Local Giving Circle Donates $10,300 to Michigan Foster Care Closet

Courtesy photo. Members of 100 Women Who Care-Chelsea Area and recent impact award winner Michigan Foster Care Closet.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Nicole Bell for the information in this story.)

100 Women Who Care-Chelsea Area members voted to donate $10,300 to Michigan Foster Care Closet at the June Impact Award Meeting on Tuesday, June 4.

The meeting was held at St. Louis Center and kicked off with an interactive networking hour, where members and guests mingled and connected with local sponsors. Following the networking hour, members listened to pitches from three randomly selected nonprofits including the Chelsea Education Foundation, Michigan Foster Care Closet, and the Encore Musical and Theatre Company.

The nonprofits were asked to make their best case for the Winter Impact Award. Following all three presentations, members cast their ballots.  Michigan Foster Care Closet, nominated by member Amy Forehand received the most votes and was the recipient of the evening’s Impact Award, which exceeded $10,000.

“We are absolutely thrilled about the generous donation, which will help cover operational costs and programming,” said Jennie Sharp, director, Michigan Foster Care Closet. “Thanks to this support, we can continue to provide essential items and resources, free of charge, to children in foster care, helping them feel more confident and boosting their self-esteem. By investing in these young lives, we are fostering a sense of dignity and hope for their futures, and strengthening our entire community.”

The next Impact Award Meeting for 100 Women Who Care – Chelsea Area is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 1. Women interested in joining can find all the details at along with a list of eligible charities and information on how members can nominate charities.

Since its founding in 2020, 100 Women Who Care – Chelsea Area has awarded a total of more than $156,000 including member contributions and matching gifts to 11 different nonprofits.

This Giving Circle awards donations to nonprofit organizations that support the “Chelsea Area” which includes Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Grass Lake, Stockbridge, and adjacent communities. 100 Women Who Care Chelsea Area would like to thank their generous sponsors that collectively provide the resources, and refreshments to this group so they can have a great impact, raising substantial funds for local nonprofits.

Sponsors include: Jewelry Set in Stone, Jen McClure with MaryKay, Patti Acton and Leslie Olivarez with Rodan & Fields, Sue Rodgers Massage Therapy, Culture Creations, and our Gold Sponsor Northstar Bank.

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