Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Book Sale Raises More Than $40,000

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Book Sale Raises More Than $40,000

The McLean Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) would like to thank our loyal patrons for helping us achieve another successful book sale during the Labor Day weekend. Our 49th annual book sale raised more than $40,000. The proceeds of our book sales have been used to fund scholarships for women in local colleges; provide awards in science and math to local high school girls; and fund National AAUW programs, such as the Legal Advocacy Fund, campus initiatives to promote women in leadership roles, STEM initiatives, and the AAUW Start Smart and Work Smart programs. Our branch has also funded four endowments, providing grants and fellowships for women pursuing graduate degrees. National AAUW is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, providing more than $3.9 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2018-2019 academic year. More information about these initiatives can be found on our website at https://mclean-va.aauw.net.

We also thank our members (and in many cases our spouses) for their tireless work in preparing and organizing the book sale. This effort requires work to collect and collate the books, as well as staffing the book sale. We appreciate the ongoing support of SunTrust Bank (Vienna East) for providing space to collect and sort the books, the Spring Hill Recreation Center for hosting our book sale, and Second Story Books for their donations for our annual book sale.

Deborah DeMasi

VP of Membership, McLean Branch of AAUW