Latrobe Group Winery Gathering Combines Women’s Empowerment and Community Philanthropy

A Latrobe-based women’s group is on a mission to support other local women and organizations that benefit women and children.

Since its inception in 2019, SHE – which stands for Sophisticated, Humble, Empowered – has raised funds and donated materials to a shelter for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, a shelter for homeless animals, a program that increases the wardrobe of women looking for a job. and a non-profit organization that has a similar goal to SHE: empowering women.

At a “Women, Wealth, Wellbeing and Wine” event on May 17, SHE will focus its efforts on supporting single mothers, raising funds for Westmoreland Community Action’s Mothers Making More program.

“We voted for and agreed that this was the charity we wanted to help, said SHE founding member Tawnya Rockwell.

With core funding from United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Mothers Making More (M3) provides educational support and, in some cases, emergency assistance to single mothers who are heading households in Westmoreland and Fayette, work at least in part. time and have one or more children under the age of 18.

M3 is intended to support single mothers who earn at least 18 credits per year in a post-secondary program that “is part of a growing career field and will lead to a family-supporting salary,” according to the Westmoreland Community Action website. To be eligible, participants must also earn less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

M3’s partner organizations include a local college and university, the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board, Excela Health, and two organizations it has previously helped: YWCA Westmoreland County, which is dedicated to “eliminating racism, empowerment of women and the promotion of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all”, and the Blackburn Center of Greensburg, which defends “the right of all individuals to be free from domestic and sexual violence and other forms of violence”.

Dress for Success Pittsburgh and Animal Friends of Westmoreland have also benefited from biannual social and networking gatherings hosted by SHE.

SHE was founded by the female members of GOAL magazine, where Rockwell serves as production manager. The magazine is published by GO2GOAL, a Latrobe-based nonprofit that also hosts community fundraising events.

According to Rockwell, SHE was created to provide “a forum for women to empower one another without judgment.”

In addition to raising funds for causes important to the group, SHE Gatherings shine a spotlight on the women-led businesses and organizations that organize the events while providing the women in attendance the opportunity to make connections that support each other. mutually.

“There are no membership fees and the events are open to any woman who wishes to attend,” Rockwell said. “This is an evening social event as opposed to a lunch get-together, and the format of the event is always changing to highlight the women-led small businesses and charities we choose.

“The only fee is the entry fee to the event, and 100% of that goes to charity.”

The May 17 event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Hunker’s Bella Terra Vineyard, co-founded by Joanna Bell. Attendees will enjoy wine samples and appetizers. Costs for the event will be covered by Bella Terra and other participating companies, with the $20 donation requested from attendees benefiting M3.

“For this event, we’re going with an educational approach,” Rockwell said.

Participants will discover the history of the host cellar. They will also hear presentations on financial wellness, from Jessica Marazza, Managing Partner and Certified Financial Planner at SecondHalf Coach Wealth Management, and on mental wellness and “thriving, not just surviving,” from Tara Stowers, owner of Sanctus Spa and Salon.

Visit go2goalus.com/she for more information and to register for the Bella Terra event before the May 12 deadline.

Golf outing benefits students

GOAL Magazine is planning its seventh annual golf outing for August 15 at Arnold Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club. The event raised more than $127,500 for Autism Support, Learning Support and Life Skills Classes for the Greater Latrobe School District through the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation.

A Paint-and-Sip art lesson will be offered as an alternative for non-golfers. For more details and to register, visit go2goalus.com and select under “GOAL Events”.

Jeff Himler is an editor at Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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