Spring Tea Raises Scholarship Money in Great Falls

Spring Tea Raises Scholarship Money in Great Falls

Local women’s charity raises funds for women in search of higher education.

Exceeding expectations: Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund (GFFNSF) Board members.

Exceeding expectations: Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund (GFFNSF) Board members. Photo by Adrienne West

On Sunday, April 28, the Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund (GFFNSF) hosted its First Spring Tea fundraiser event at the River Bend Golf & Country Club. Thanks to the generous donations from their sponsors and the unprecedented support of members and the public alike, they had an amazing event.

GFFNSF surpassed their attendance goal of 100 people, and exceeded their initial fundraising goal of $3,000 by more than $4,000.

The GFFN Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to women over the age of 25 with financial need who are pursuing degrees at George Mason University or Northern Virginia Community College. Each year, the Scholarship Fund board has the opportunity to review and select essays put forth by these deserving women.

The event was made even more special by the attendance of more than 20 children who enjoyed the balloon artist and their own buffet. They all were dressed up and so well-behaved. It was wonderful to see the ballroom full of Great Falls Friends & Neighbors members with their friends and family, enjoying time together while supporting such a great cause.

In 2016, the GFFNSF established two $25,000 endowments — one at each college. The endowments ensure perpetuity of monies previously donated, and reflect a strong desire to invest in women and the community at large for the long term.

​In addition to the endowments, the GFFNSF raises money each year through fundraising events for individual scholarships. In the 2017-18 academic year, GFFNSF awarded seven scholarships for a total of $8,500. In 2018-19, they will award 10 scholarships totaling $15,000, that way giving back to the community and taking pride in the testimonials from extraordinary scholarship recipients.

GFFNSF would like to thank each member of the board for going beyond their positions in making this event happen.

Event Photos

Many pictures were taken at the event, so please reach out to Adrienne West at TheMrsWest@hotmail.com if she took photos of you. If any other attendees took photos, kindly share them on your social media and tag GFFNSF and/or forward them to Adrienne for distribution.

Watch for announcements on the GFFNSF event, a cocktail party, to be held this fall. We greatly appreciate all the support you have shown us and look forward to paying it forward to the many deserving women that apply for our scholarships each year. Thank you and please support our sponsors mentioned in this week’s paper.

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