HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The first chapter of 100 Women Who Care was founded in Jackson, Michigan by the late Karen Dunigan. As many great ideas do, it came serendipitously: during a meeting with leadership from the local Center for Family Health. In a Fundraising meeting, Karen learned that local mothers were bringing their babies home and putting them to sleep in boxes and dresser drawers because they couldn’t afford cribs, leading to the death of the infant in some cases.
Rather than seek a few large donors to meet the $10,000 goal for the project, Karen thought that she easily knew 100 women who would be willing to donate $100. At their first meeting, the women raised over $12,000 for the project and 100 Women Who Care was born. Now, there are over 350 Chapters in the 100 Who Care Alliance, including chapters of 100 Kids Who Care and 100 Men Who Care!
The CNY Chapter is run by Anne Selover, Jody Martino, Annette Peters and Jennifer Savastino. To date, the group has chapter has donated more than $130,000 to charities that help Central New Yorkers.