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Women Inspired Network will celebrate third year of giving

OTTAWA — Sunday, Nov. 17, will mark the third annual Celebration of Giving for the Women Inspired Network of the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation. The celebration is the annual banquet to award grant funding to worthy organizations in Starved Rock Country who empower and enhance the lives of women and children.

This year, three worthy organizations who support youth, teens, young parents and consumers will receive grants. The event is open to the public and will feature music of violinist Casey McGrath at Deer Park Country Club. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for music and cocktails, followed by heavy appetizers and socializing. The grant funding presentation will follow with checks presented by the WIN organization to the Starved Rock Associates for Vocational Training and Educational Assistance at IVCC, the LGBQT+ Youth Outlook Teen Center and the Ottawa Food Basket Client Choice Program.

All qualified non-profit organizations are welcome to apply for the WIN competitive grants each year, and the finalists present their case for support to the WIN membership, who then vote for the grant recipients. Combined, the goods and services from this year’s winning agencies reach the entire Starved Rock Country area.

Tickets are $35 per person and include the buffet stations and entertainment. Reservations and prepayment are required. Checks may be mailed to the SRCCF, 718 Columbus St., Ottawa, and credit card payments may be made online at The deadline to register for the Celebration of Giving is Tuesday, Nov. 12. For more information, contact the Community Foundation at 815-252-2906 or visit

The Women Inspired Network is a women’s giving circle established through the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, serving LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam counties. For more information about membership, meetings and grant opportunities, contact SRCCF at 815-252-2906 or locate the WIN pages on Facebook. Everyone is welcome to attend WIN meetings.

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