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New Albany Women's Network

Beneficiary applications accepted through Jan. 15

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The New Albany Women's Network is seeking applications from nonprofit groups in central Ohio that would like to benefit from its two annual fundraisers: the 2014 fashion show and the 2015 Evening in New Albany.

Laura Whitaker, who chairs the New Albany Women's Network's beneficiary research committee, said applicants must be classified as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit and provide services "consistent with (the network's) mission of benefiting women and children in central Ohio."

Applications are available at They will be accepted through Jan. 15.

Whitaker said the committee looks at several factors when considering beneficiaries.

"We look in the application for a clear statement demonstrating need/purpose, how the funds will be used/implemented, how the program will be evaluated, etc.," Whitaker said in an email.

The New Albany Women's Network has raised $850,000 for local organizations since it started the fundraisers 13 years ago.

"Each year the beneficiary research committee looks forward to reviewing applications submitted by local nonprofit organizations supporting women and children," Whitaker said.

"While (the network) selects two worthy programs to be beneficiaries of our signature events each year, we are continually amazed by the work being done in the Columbus area for women and children in need, and encourage any organization supporting this mission to apply."

Rachel's House, a Lower Lights Ministries program to reintegrate women into society after being incarcerated, received $20,000 from the 2013 fashion show, which was held Nov. 9 at Winding Hollow Country Club in New Albany.

The network raised $34,000 from An Evening in New Albany, held March 2 at the country club.

Proceeds from that event were added to an endowment fund at the New Albany Community Foundation.

It has been used for two $2,000 scholarships for high school students annually for the past three years and has provided funding for New Albany Safety Town, the homework help center at the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Healthy New Albany's community garden, the visiting author series at the New Albany-Plain Local School District and New Albany Special Olympics.

The beneficiary of an Evening in New Albany on March 1, 2014, will be Helping Hands Center for Special Needs in Columbus, which provides educational programs and therapy for children with special needs.