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  • Sunday, April 24, 2022 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sneak peek of Riverbend Park’s bluebells, and bald eagles benefit FORB, Inc.

    On April 6, 25 ticket holders, including children, were treated to early views of Riverbend Park’s bluebells and bald eagles. The Great Falls Women’s Club (GFWC) Philanthropy Group organized the tours led by naturalists. According to June Kelly, vice president of philanthropy for

    GFWC, funds from ticket sales and donations through their website will benefit the nonprofit organization Friends of Riverbend, Inc. (FORB). Riverbend is tucked away in a remote location at 8700 Potomac Hill St., Great Falls. FORB supports the Park Authority’s many programs at the park through activities and volunteerism. Funds from the GFWC philanthropy group

    will help support FORB’s efforts in impacting children’s scholarships programs, scout projects, and other needs.

    Click on the link below to read the rest of the article. Page 2

    http://www.greatfallsconnection.com/documents/2022/apr/20/great-falls-connection-april-20-2022/



  • Sunday, April 24, 2022 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All-time high fundraising by Great Falls Women’s Club Philanthropy Group.

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On Sunday, April 10, the Great Falls Women’s Club Philanthropy Group presented a check for $53,000 to SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center of Fairfax. The donation marked an all-time high fundraising amount by the Philanthropy Group for a single organization. “This donation will have a positive, profound effect on Fairfax children who have experienced the tragedy of sexual or severe physical abuse,” said Heather Lyn O’Malley, managing director of SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center of Fairfax. “Child abuse is a significant public health issue. And without donors like the Women’s Club of Great Falls Philanthropy Group, we would not be able to put children on a path to justice and healing,” she said.

    Click on the link below to read the rest of the article. Page 3 

    http://www.greatfallsconnection.com/documents/2022/apr/13/great-falls-connection-april-13-2022/

  • Sunday, April 24, 2022 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Women’s Club of Great Falls’ Philanthropy Group on April 10 presented SafeSpot CEO Heather O’Malley with a $53,000 check, based on funds raised from the March 12 Great Gatsby Gala at Trump National Golf Course in Potomac Falls.

    Funds from the inaugural gala were the largest amount ever raised by the philanthropy group, whose members were pleased to present the check to SafeSpot in April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, club leaders said.

    The 170 members and guests of the club brought “Great Gatsby” spirit in their Roaring ’20s attire to the gala. The upscale evening included champagne cocktails, gourmet dining, piano and professional-dancer entertainment, silent and live auctions with unique high-end offerings, and “late-night bites” for those who wanted to kick up their heels until midnight.

    Click below to read the full article.

    https://sungazette.news/great-gatsby-themed-gala-aids-social-safety-net-agency/

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Women’s Club of Great Falls Scholarship Fund has formally announced the establishment of the Holly Ann Kuga Endowment at George Mason University.

    Kuga was a long-standing member of the Women’s Club and a beloved friend and supporter of the Scholarship Fund who died in December 2020 as a result of a tragic car crash. The funds raised for Kuga’s endowment, which total just over $34,000, were a culmination of donations from friends and family in conjunction with the Scholarship Fund’s 2021 Spring Tea fund-raiser, held in her memory.

    At a kickoff event at the university’s Fairfax campus were Katie Kuga, the daughter of Holly Ann Kuga; Mariama Swarray-Deen, the first Holly Ann Kuga scholarship recipient; Mary Bramley, director of donor relations and stewardship at Mason; and Scholarship Fund board members Sally Anne Andrew Pyne, Jayana Garvey and Christie Lavin.

    “The Women’s Club of Great Falls Scholarship Fund recognizes extraordinary students and provides them with financial assistance to pursue degrees in higher education. Like many of these students, my mom had to support herself growing up especially as it related to education,” said Katie Kuga.

    Click on the link below to read the rest of the article. Page 3

    https://sungazette.news/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Weekend-March-25-26-27-2022.pdf


  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Women’s Club of Great Falls Scholarship Fund announced the establishment of the Holly Ann Kuga Endowment on March 19, 2022, at George Mason University (GMU).

    Holly’s daughter, Katherine “Katie” Kuga Wenner, said, “The Women’s Club of Great Falls Scholarship Fund recognizes extraordinary students and provides them with financial assistance to pursue degrees in higher education. Like many of these students, my mom had to support herself growing up, especially as it related to education.”

    In December 2020, Kuga died in a vehicle crash. As a longtime member of the Wom-en’s Club, Kuga was very close to many. She was also very supportive of the Fund that awards scholarships to deserving Northern Virginia students aged 25 and older who are in good academic standing and demonstrate financial necessity.

    At the March 19 event, Wenner joined GMU student Mariama Swarray-Deen, the first schol-arship awardee under the Holly Ann Kuga Endowment, and Mary Bramley, GMU’s Director of Donor Relations and Steward-ship. Scholarship Fund board members Jayana Garvey and Sally-Anne Andrew Pyne, and Chris-tie Lavin, co-presidents, also attended.

    Click on the link below to read the rest of the article. Page 3.

    http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2022/033022/Great%20Falls.pdf


  • Monday, May 31, 2021 12:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Philanthropy Group presented a donation check on Friday, May 21, 2021, for $3000 to the Friends of Riverbend Park (FORP). It is a non-profit organization. June Kelly, Vice President of Philanthropy on the Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Board of Directors said that the group was please to provide the funds to Friends of Riverbend Park. “As a women’s club of Great Falls, we focus on supporting charities for women and children. Our emphasis is on helping those in need within our community and Fairfax County,” said Kelly.

    Click on the link below to read the rest of the article.

    http://www.greatfallsconnection.com/documents/2021/may/25/great-falls-connection-may-26-2021/

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tucked away in a remote setting of the floodplains along the Potomac River, Virginia bluebells made their ephemeral appearance just in time for the Bluebells & Bald Eagle Tour organized by Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Philanthropy Group. Held at Riverbend Park in Great Falls, the April 7 event benefited Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB). “We’re sold out already,” said “ June Kelly, Vice-President of GFFN Philanthropy, a half-hour before the tour started. Kelly said proceeds generated from ticket sales along with donations totaled $4,000 as of that morning. Kelly called out the generous $500 sponsor of the event, Roy Melloni, Vice President of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty based in McLean. “In a COVID year, GFFN Philanthropy has far exceeded our expectations....

    Click on the link below to read the rest of the article.

    http://greatfallsconnection.www.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/2021/apr/15/bluebells-and-bald-eagle-nestlings-take-center-sta/


  • Monday, February 08, 2021 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members of Great Falls Friends and Neighbors (GFFN) Philanthropy Committee presented a donation check for $5,500 on Jan. 26 to Joe Meyer, Executive Director & CEO of Shelter House, and Nurjan Ahmedova, Director of Development, to support the organization's 24-hour emergency shelter, Artemis House for domestic and sexual violence victims, stalking, and human trafficking.

    June Kelly, Vice-President of GFFN Philanthropy, said the 14 women in the group raised funds for the donation through two programs they held in 2020, the Harvest Tea and sales of the Official 2020 White House Christmas Ornament. With income predicted to be reduced due to the coronavirus's impact, members expanded advertising and sale of the ornaments to GFFN's website and Facebook page, NextDoor, and businesses outside Great Falls.

    Click on the link below to read the rest of the article.

    http://greatfallsconnection.www.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/2021/feb/02/great-falls-friends-and-neighbors-supports-artemis/

  • Sunday, October 11, 2020 12:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Erin Lobato, President of the Great Falls Friends and Neighbors (GFFN) Woman’s Club hosted its 2020 Annual Kick-Off Luncheon and Fundraiser on Sept. 18. This year had a different twist due to the pandemic: club members chose between participating virtually from home with a box lunch or dining alfresco at River Bend Golf Club. Great Falls Friends and Neighbors is a women’s club that develops friendships and a sense of community among members through social, cultural, civic, and philanthropic activities.

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    http://connection.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/documents/2020/10/08/Great_Falls.pdf page 6


  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 5:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Northern Virginia Community College student, Ellah Momand of Alexandria came to the United States two and a half years ago from Afghanistan. While currently pursuing a degree in biochemistry with plans to become a heart specialist or cardiac surgeon, she is also taking care of her family. During a celebratory luncheon held Friday, Sept. 13 at River Bend Golf and Country Club, Great Falls, Momand and eleven other women had the opportunity to meet and thank members of Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund for 2019 scholarships awarded to them totaling $17,500.

    Click on the link below to read the rest of the article.

    http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2019/091819/Great%20Falls.pdf page 10

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Great Falls, VA  22066

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