Planning to Survive and Thrive 2020

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Keynote speaker – Betsy Morgan
Addressing Trauma and Grief While Being Hopeful for the Future


Door County Sheroes!


Celebrate Women! Sponsors

Please join us in thanking our generous Celebrate Women! sponsors.
Their support allows the Women’s Fund of Door County to grant back into our community every dollar raised through this event.




James and Linda Adams Mary Jo Jump
Anonymous Donor Keller Planners
Scott and Heidi Bader Lautenbach's Orchard Country, Inc.
Debra and Michael Brophy Maxwell's House, Inc.
William and Cheri Chaudoir Jeri McClure
Door County Eye Associates Mark and Jennifer Moeller
Door County Retreat, LLC Keith and Sherry Mutchler
Eagle Mechanical, Inc. Sandra Ott

Ecology Sports


Barbara Perloff
Marsella Fults


Piggly Wiggly Sister Bay
Michael and Orlaine Gabert
Charitable Fund
George and Kristi Roenning

Midwest Wire Products

William and Mary Jo Schaars

Ann Glessner Charitable Fund of
Renaissance Charitable Fndtn


Carl and Ruth Scholz

Justus Hedeen – Merrill Lynch


John & Jane Stevenson Charitable Fund
Gary and Joann Henger


Sturgeon Bay Utilities
Leon and Susan Hoffmann


Sheila Turner
Judy Hollingshead


Eric R & Patricia Vollrath
George and Laura Joeckel


Katherine Weishaar
Robert and Martha Judd



This list of donors was compiled by the Women's Fund Board of Advisors. If you notice a discrepancy, please email us at so we can promptly correct any errors.




Women's Fund Grantees


Altrusa International of Door County - Back to School Fair


Due to COVID-19, Altrusa did not hold an in-person fair.  This year the Door County Chapter was able to help 861 students prepare for their school year.  Of those, about half are young girls in grades K – 12th.  Each received a gift certificate for shoes and socks from Dunham Sports here in Sturgeon Bay, and a Visa gift card to purchase school supplies.


Big Brothers Big Sisters - One to One Youth Mentoring


This program designed to instill healthy behaviors and decision-making which leads to positive academic, socio-emotional, and behavioral outcomes for youth in areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency, and college or job readiness. Big Brothers Big Sisters is not only helping young girls by providing role models, but they "mentor" mentors.  helps the older girls to become strong leaders while the younger girls receive the guidance they need for improved grades and behavior.


Door County Emergency Response Fund

In an effort to provide a coordinated philanthropic response to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the Door County Community Foundation and the United Way of Door County have activated the Door County Emergency Response Fund. While the dynamic nature of this crisis may cause the Emergency Response Fund to shift its emphasis over time, our  current first priority is to provide support for organizations offering immediate relief and assistance to people who are struggling during the stay-at-home order. The Women’s Fund grant supported the following programs via the Emergency Response Fund:


HELP of Door County – Address Domestic Violence

Domestic violence issues are only being amplified by the stress of people being out of work and the directive that everyone stay isolated at home. HELP of Door County is working hard to respond to those challenges and work to keep victims safe.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes –Virtual Programming

Many Girl Scout troops continue to meet virtually, using technology to continue to build relationships between these young women and their adult leaders. This assistance will help foster greater virtual programming through this crisis and its aftermath.

Door County Partnership for Children and Families – Infant Supplies

The Partnership is providing free diapers, baby wipes, and infant formula to families whose income has been reduced and thus are struggling to make ends meet during the duration of the Wisconsin Safer-at-Home order.



Door County Medical Center Foundation - Donor Milk Program


A woman donating breast milk to another woman is literally donating a part of herself. The grant that the Birthing Center received to start a donor milk program has allowed women and babies in our community to participate in this life-giving act.   Babies who would have required supplementation with formula are now able to have nothing but human milk during their hospital stay.  This has given mothers a bridge to learn how to breastfeed and build their milk supplies up without the guilt or worry of formula supplementation.


Door County Partnership for Children and Families - Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library


The Imagination Library program is open to all children, from birth until their 5th birthday, who live in Door County. The program is free to the families involved. Door County has 784 children involved in the program as of August 25, 2020. That is an incredible 62% of eligible children. The success of the program is made possible by the generosity of groups like The Women’s Fund.


Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes - Girls Scout Leadership Experience


Girl Scouts is where go-getters, innovators, risk takers, and leaders are made. Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is so much more than cookies, badges, and campfires – it’s a lifeline for today’s girls in a challenging world. It’s the skills needed to overcome challenges, the confidence to stand up for what’s right, the perseverance to keep going after a failure, and the true social network a girl needs for healthy development. The funding also supports our financial assistance program which ensures that finances are never a barrier for a Girl Scout to be involved in our program.


HELP of Door County – Transitional Living Program


HELP of Door County is able to transform the lives of people new to independence with the support of the Women’s Fund. HELP’s Transitional Living Program (TLP) is a bridge to that safe place away from abuse. Candidates for TLP must be ready to leave their abuser, have income and a signed lease to qualify. Once accepted, TLP funds pay 100% of the first months rent, 75% of the second, 50% of the third and 25% of the fourth.


Midsummer Music - Griffon String Quartet


Quartet members work with children via the Einstein Series, a highly interactive program where students participate in private or group lessons or educational outreach programs. The quartet visits schools and classrooms to perform and discuss string quartet music. More than 1,000 students have already participated in this program. The Quartet’s B Double Sharp program presents concerts for the aging or disabled, as well as their caregivers. Targeting people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the quartet creates a welcoming atmosphere. 500 seniors have benefited from this exposure.



YMCA- Girls Night Out


At a high level, the girls learn how to make healthy choices that support their overall wellbeing.  The hope for this program is that the girls will take what they've learned and carry it into middle school, high school, and beyond.  Girls Night Out teaches 5th grade girls how to be a good friend and how to develop positive peer relationships, develop body positivity and confidence, and learn the importance of mental and physical wellness.  Participants learn to celebrate girl friendships and supportive relationships, rather than competition and bullying.  They examine how their decisions affect others and learn that it's important to be around others who are positive and kind.  The girls are encouraged to bring issues to trusted adults when they encounter complicated challenges in life.