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The Ripley County Community Foundation Women in Philanthropy grant program celebrated in Kentucky Derby style last week when they held their annual luncheon at the Romweber Marketplace in Batesville. The 14th annual event saw ladies dressed in hats and dresses worthy of the Derby and the cause they were celebrating – giving back!

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Pictured left, a table of ladies from Milan celebrated the Kentucky Derby theme at the Ripley County Community Foundation Women in Philanthropy luncheon held last Tuesday, April 18.

Stephanie Stenger Jones, Versailles native, author of The Giving Challenge was the guest speaker, who rallied those in attendance to reach higher than ever to give to others. Whether it be a smile, a hug, or even some monetary gift, she talked of the joy of giving and how it has changed her life after she completed a 500 day challenge of giving something every single day. Even on days she didn’t feel like it, she gave. Sometimes just a word of encouragement is a gift that changes someone’s life forever.

Stephanie Stenger Jones author of The Giving ChallengeWANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
The featured speaker for the event was Stephanie Stenger Jones, pictured left, author of The Giving Challenge. She is shown at left signing books after the event. She told how she gave something, maybe just a smile, or a word of encouragement for over 500 days straight and it changed her life. She encouraged the large crowd to step out of their comfort zone and give to others. The event was emceed by Ripley County Community Foundation Executive Director, Amy Streator.

“It changed my life,” Jones told the large crowd. She talked about how giving has a ripple effect and can change many lives from the moment the gift is given.

Jones challenged the ladies to give more, stretch their hands to the highest point and realize dreams that make the quality of life for themselves and others better. Change the world around you one smile at a time. She encouraged them to “bet on the future of this community” through the wonderful opportunity of the foundation. She noted that gratitude practice changes your perspective. She encouraged those there to be thankful for their warm beds, blankets, food, etc. – there are many who do not have those essentials.

This year those in attendance had the opportunity to choose between a handful of charities to give the 2017 Linda S. Phaneuf Women’s Fund Grant, which was $1,500.00. Bucket Buddies, a project of Deanna Day Young, was the recipient of that grant. This program began in honor of Young’s sister, who died of cancer. The buckets are filled in Ripley County and delivered to the children’s hospitals in Cincinnati and Indianapolis for the children who are suffering. “I am overwhelmed with gracious emotion and honored to be this year’s recipient,” noted Young, who was in tears when her charity was named the winner. She is also on the committee for the event.

Executive Director of the Ripley County Community Foundation, Amy Streator, thanked those who attended the Women in Philanthropy Fundraising Luncheon themed “Bet on the Future”. She thanked the sponsors and committee who worked hard to sell tickets for a charitable chance drawing and silent auction, to the beautiful decorations, luncheon that continued with the theme right down to the Derby pie!

Relay for Life
Honoring survivors and caregivers

Relay For Life is currently seeking Ripley County residents who have or had cancer and invite them for a special celebration at the annual Relay For Life event to be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Throughout the 24-hour event, cancer survivors are celebrated and special events throughout the day are in honor of these super heroes. The event is launched by the Survivor Lap where our heroes of hope take a victory lap to celebrate their battle. At 8:30 a.m., there is a catered Survivor Breakfast and guest speaker. At dusk, we celebrate the lives of those battling, and who have battled, through the Luminaria Ceremony. Hundreds of hand-decorated, candlelit bags light the track as we watch a slideshow and take a lap of silence.

Hearing the words “you have cancer” is one of the worst things a person can hear. Most cancer patients or survivors have someone that has been their rock through their diagnosis and treatment. The American Cancer Society defines a caregiver as an unpaid person who voluntarily provides emotional and physical care. Throughout the June 10 event, caregivers will have an opportunity to be recognized their efforts for their care. Even though some caregivers’ survivors may have passed, we invite you to attend the event. Without our caregivers, our survivors would be lost without you.
To register as a survivor or caregiver, contact Mark Osborne at 812-212-2800 or

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