‘Power of 100’ comes to Canadian County

Philanthropic women plan to make huge impact; inaugural event Oct. 12

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Founding board members of Power of 100 Canadian County are: Front from left, Anita Bishop and Kim Baker; center, Tresa Smith; and back from left, Tammy McKee and Nancy Campbell. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

A group of women are joining forces to make a huge, life-changing impact on deserving Canadian County non-profit charities.

Power of 100 Canadian County is forming a new chapter, and women are being recruited to participate.

An inaugural event will be 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at the Palace Event Center, 2310 N Banner Road in El Reno.

“We are currently looking for 100 women who want to join; encouraging women who want be involved in philanthropy and make a significant difference in our local community,” said Yukon’s Tammy McKee, a founding board member of Power of 100 Canadian County.

“We’re just getting started, so we’re definitely encouraging women to come and bring friends or people they know to the first meeting. We’d like them to join first, but they don’t have to join to come to the meeting.”

Power of 100 is organization of women who meet quarterly to pool their resources to give money to non-profit groups.

The idea is for 100 women to each give $100 quarterly to a selected charity – totaling $10,000.

The idea to launch the Power of 100 in Canadian County was born when McKee was volunteering at Manna Pantry. Last year, the Oklahoma City Power of 100 chapter selected Manna Pantry for one of its $10,000 quarterly awards.

“I was fascinated with the whole, simple concept and being able to donate that much money to one non-profit organization,” said McKee, who worked 28 years for Yukon Public Schools. “I started looking into it and decided we were going to form our own foundation for Canadian County only.”

The local effort started with McKee and another former longtime YPS employee, Anita Bishop.

“Anita and I go back all the way from high school,” McKee said. “We graduated from Yukon High School together in 1981, so we’ve been friends for a long time.

“We decided we wanted to do something for our local community and form our own.”

Other founding members are: Nancy Campbell, Tresa Smith, Kim Baker, Joyce Logan, Christine Sorrels-Alexander, Leah Manning, Marilynn Cohagan, and Rhynda Eaton. Campbell, Smith and Baker also serve with McKee and Bishop on the group’s board.

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HOW IT WORKS

Members of Power of 100 Canadian County are encouraged to nominate their favorite Canadian County non-profits.

The names of three charities will be drawn from those nominated each quarter.

Then, at the Power of 100’s quarterly meeting, members will hear presentations about those three groups and then vote on which will receive that quarter’s large donation.

Each member donates $100 to the charity selected.

“We will meet four times a year,” said McKee, who serves on the Yukon Sharing board. “We will have a social hour and registration from 6-7 p.m., then at 7 p.m. we’ll start our meeting.

“It should make a significant impact. Our goal is to eventually have over 100 women. It is open to anyone, but our charities may only be a non-profit 501c3 in Canadian County.”

By pooling together their $100 donations each quarter, Power of 100 Canadian County members will make a larger impact than they would otherwise.

“We know time is limited so we’re looking for women willing to commit to one hour every three months,” McKee explained. “It will be a fun, social time – getting together with great women.”

To learn more, visit Powerof100cc.org