The Women’s Giving Circle Supports Local Efforts to End Alzheimer’s

JoAnn Fioretti, Lois Hanson, Maureen McCann, and Dana West

Mary Wiese, Ruth Shaffer, Donna Coogan, Marilyn Holland, and Marianne Boechler

Maureen McCann

The Women’s Giving Circle (TWGC) was out in the community in October, supporting two local walks to end Alzheimer’s. Walks were held across the country on Nov. 16, and TWGC was able to send walkers to the West Valley walk in Glendale as well as the PebbleCreek effort at Eagle’s Nest.

As a new club, we were thrilled to be able to raise over $3,200, all of which went directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. And our inaugural effort stood out. At the Glendale opening ceremony, we were asked by the organizers to be the representative voice for those who carried an orange flower on the walk. Orange flowers signify those who support the cause and the association’s vision of a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Other community members were introduced as representatives of someone living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia (blue flowers), or those who have lost someone to the disease (purple flowers).

Our members were also active participants in the PebbleCreek Alzheimer’s Support Group’s annual walk in PebbleCreek and were thrilled to support the cause there.

TWGC is committed to advocating for, and facilitating philanthropic support of, organizations in the Phoenix West Valley. As we continue to grow, we look forward to partnering with PebbleCreek organizations and West Valley nonprofits, with a goal of increasing the impact of PebbleCreek in our local community. In December, we will be supporting the Southwest Family Advocacy Center right here in Goodyear. For more information about TWGC, or to get involved, email us at [email protected].