Record night for Winter Founderland event

A record number of women joined the Fund for Women as new founders at the annual Fund for Women Sussex County fundraiser, “Winter Founderland.” Women shopped, had cocktails and appetizers, and participated in the event for the cause of supporting women and girls in Delaware.

“We are all about helping women and girls, but we are also about networking and having fun,” said Lynn Kokjohn, Sussex County development chair and director of the December event held at Independence in Millsboro.

Winter Founderland was a shopping and food extravaganza with “retail therapy” provided by Josephine’s Daughter, CoolSpring Cottage, Sweet Serenity Chocolates, Discovery Toys, Too Crafty Ladies and Silpada Jewelry. The Girl Scouts and the Rehoboth Art League were also represented with information on their programs and upcoming events.

Almost 150 women came together for the event, but the big news, organizers said, was in the philanthropy that was exhibited. There were 23 new Founders — women who pledged to donate $1,000 over the next five years — as a result.

“This is just fabulous,” said Kokjohn.

The Fund for Women was founded in 1993 with a purpose to provide funding to enhance the worth and potential of women and girls in Delaware by bringing together the collective philanthropic power of women. The Fund for Women (FFW) is an endowment fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, a nonprofit tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The new founders are: from Lewes, Kelly Sheridan, Diana Beebe, Sheila Bravo, Chanta Wilkinson, Beth Copeland and Susan Trone; from Rehoboth, Kate Murphy Ring, Jeannette Webber, Debi Kaplan and Sheri Borrin; from Milton, Barbara Barski-Carrow; from Millsboro, Ellen Todd, Bea Shockley, Patty Jacobs, Ruth Pryor, Paula Castiglione and Terry Miller; from Millville, Kristen Goodman; from Ocean View, Kathy Goodman; from Georgetown, Ruth Briggs-King, Lisa Wharton; from Seaford, Cora Leigh Callaway; and from Bridgeville, Bonnie Smith.

To become a founder or contribute to the fund, contact the Delaware Community Foundation at (302) 856-4393 or go to