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100 Women, $10,000, endless possibilities

February 15, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

The inaugural meeting of the newly formed ‘100 Plus Women Who Care New Tecumseth’ was held at the Gibson Centre for Arts & Culture on Thursday, February 7.

The one hour event, hosted by a panel of seven committee members, was attended by roughly 100 ladies, 50 of which joined the cause at the event, with more members registering daily. New members then each wrote a cheque for $100 with full proceeds to a Youth-2-Youth event for Grade 8 students from New Tecumseth, planned for later this year.

The 100 Plus Women group will meet three additional times in 2019, with the second date planned for May 23 at 7 p.m., also at the Gibson Centre – where space has been donated. During the upcoming meetings, a maximum of three local not-for-profit groups will present a case for funding, with representatives speaking for no longer than five minutes each, upheld by a timekeeper.

At the end of the presentations the ladies in attendance will vote for the recipient the evenings donations (which could exceed $10,000). Charities not chosen on any one occasion will be considered again at a future meeting.

“The groups will present who they are, and what they would do with the money,” said France Young, 100 Plus Women Who Care New Tecumseth committee member and spokesperson. Groups presenting must be grassroots organizations, but do not need to be previously established.

“We will be canvassing local non-profits to let them know about this opportunity, but we also encourage new groups or new local chapters of existing organizations to step forward,” confirms Young. “We can build a stronger community this way. So, if you’ve been dreaming of creating something new, think about what a good start $10,000 would give you.”

One hundred per cent of the proceeds raised will be donated to charity, with single tax receipts issued for each $100 cheque written.

“Although we will only issue one receipt, we also allow teams of four or even two to join us,” said Young. “Each team member would then only have to donate twenty-five or fifty dollars, depending on team size, and choose who would get the tax receipt.”

The 100 Plus Women group is sponsored by several local businesses, including the Gibson Centre, The Circle Theatre, Sutton Group Realty, UPS Store Alliston, Concession Road Mercantile, Lindsay Nemeth Photography, and TD Wealth Alliston. Donations of funds or in-kind services help to offset costs, including printing, office/meeting space and graphic design services, to protect funds raised by community members.

During the Q&A segment of the evening, two questions were received:

• What age does a person need to join? Response: The New Tec group has no age restrictions at this point, although other groups host a spin-off group called “100 Kids that Care”

• What is considered local? Response: Local is residents and applying organizations from within New Tecumseth or the immediate surrounding area

Youth Haven Barrie’s Executive Director, Lucy Bowers, accepted the first donation on behalf of the new youth event, saying, “I think you’re an amazing group of women”.

Bowers referred to local youth as “our future”, and gave further details on the Youth-2-Youth talk planned, aimed at reducing risks to youth by linking them with strong and positive role models, as hosted by a variety of youth centred local organizations.

“This will help to equip students to deal with daily challenges and choices, and help them to become well-adjusted, successful adults,” Bowers said.

For more information on 100 Plus Women Who Care New Tecumseth, or to register your charity to speak, ‘Like’ them on Facebook ( or email


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