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Kickoff gathering for WIN set for March 10

LASALLE — The Women’s Inspired Network will host its 2020 kickoff gathering at Lock 16 Café and Visitor’s Center in LaSalle on Tuesday, March 10.

The evening will include a program about the 100th anniversary of the 19th Constitutional Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. The featured guests, former Appellate Court Judge Peg Breslin and Justice Mary Kay O’Brien, will present an interesting history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and share plans for other upcoming area events.

The gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m., and includes soup, sandwich and the traditional WIN dessert bar.

WIN is a women’s giving circle hosted by the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, one of 850 similar organizations in the U.S., and one of 35 in Illinois. Community Foundations encourage collective giving and combine the financial resources of individuals, families, charitable organizations and corporations to improve their respective communities. Grants and scholarships from the SRCCF positively impact social services, health care, education, disaster relief, the environment, the arts, tourism and economic development. Until 2015, Starved Rock Country, comprised of LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam counties, was one of the few areas in Illinois not supported by a community foundation.

The Women’s Inspired Network is part of a growing international movement and is made up of local women who recognize the exponential effect collective giving has in enhancing the quality of life. Members of WIN have raised more than $52,000, awarded eight competitive grants and have created a substantial $10,000 endowment in the past three years. Grant recipients have received more than $33,000 and include Freedom House, Arukah Institute of Healing, Safe Journeys, the Starved Rock Regional Center, Second Story, Open Table Community Teen Outreach Center, Community Food Basket of Ottawa and the Starved Rock Associates for Vocational and Technical Education.

Women of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend the gathering to learn more about WIN and the Women’s Suffrage movement.

A new look and the 2020 theme will be introduced, and raffle prizes will be available. The cost for the evening is $15. Advance registration and payment are required and can be made online at; by sending a check payable to SRCCF to 718 Columbus St., Ottawa, IL 61350; or by calling 815-252-2906. More information can also be found at

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