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March! What a Month for Woman to Woman Mentoring

What a month! March was Women’s History Month, and there was so much to celebrate. For Woman to Woman Mentoring, March was extra special. From our signature fundraising event, Clutch the Future Purse Auction, to being recognized as “Organization of the Year,” we have been humbled by the recognition and praise and want to get you caught up! 

We started off the month with being invited to Winchester Hall for a Women’s History Month Proclamation hosted by County Executive Jessica Fitzwater and the Frederick County Commission for Women. We were elated to be part of this experience and to stand by Jessica Fitzwater as she proclaimed March as Women’s History Month! 


On March 9th Woman to Woman Mentoring hosted our signature fundraising event, Clutch the Future Purse Auction. This annual event always brings out everyone and gets better and better every year! Our event was held at Hood College and pouring rain didn’t stop our good time! It brought out over 260+ women in support of our mission! Laughs were had, bidding was done, and we were able to raise over $80,000 from the event! We appreciate everyone who attended, bid and donated. Your support will continue to provide free mentoring to women in the community! 

A Women’s History Briefing was held on March 20th by the City of Frederick and Mayor O’Connor. The Briefing focused on initiatives for women in business as well as important organizations that assist women in our community, and W2WM was recognized as one of the organizations receiving an Equity & Inclusion Splash Grant from the City of Frederick. This grant initiative is designed to provide funding to local organizations that are looking to find innovative ways to promote equity in the workplace, transform organizational culture, and help members of the community break down historical barriers to access and opportunity. Receiving this grant allows Woman to Woman Mentoring to continue to provide free mentoring programs and an enhanced mentor training.  

Woman to Woman Mentoring also participated in the Unity Campaign. This campaign, run by United Way, is a collaborative project between nonprofit partners, sponsors, and the greater Frederick community. 100% of individual contributions go to the designated nonprofit with every gift matched by the Campaign’s Incentive Match Fund. The Unity Campaign benefits so many great organizations and we were proud to raise over $4,000 during this campaign thanks to the amazing fundraisers on our board and in our community. This also includes National Mentoring Month contributions, and we want to give a special thanks to Maxwell’s, Curious Iguana, and Frederick Social. They provided a great foundation for the Unity Campaign, and we appreciate their partnership! 

As you can see, March was a memorable month, but nothing could prepare us for March 21st! The Frederick County Commission for Women named us Organization of the Year at their Raving About Women event.  We were honored to share the room with so many movers and shakers!  Brooke DeSantis was named Up and Coming Woman of the Year for her groundbreaking work with her Love for Lochlin Foundation which aims to prevent, educate, and drive awareness about the deadly impacts of influenza and sepsis in Frederick County. We were also joined by Woman of the Year, Leslie Barnes-Keating, Frederick County’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, who’s paving the way for black and brown women to see themselves in supervisory positions within local government. Thank you to the Frederick County Commission for Women for this award and for bringing awareness to the power of mentoring! 

With all the recognition, we were thrilled that our organization had a spotlight and was also featured in two publications. One from the Chamber of Commerce and the other from the Frederick County Office of Economic Development 

I mean, if that isn’t a March then I don’t know what is! What a special way to celebrate Women’s History Month! We appreciate everyone who celebrated with us! 




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