Canadian County women’s group ready to give

Power of 100’s ‘Valentine’s Virtual Event’ Feb. 15; now at 165 members

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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
Staff Writer

A growing Canadian County women’s philanthropy meets next week for a quarterly celebratory event to choose a local charity to receive its latest impactful gift.

Power of 100 Canadian County will present a “Valentine’s Virtual Event” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15 presented through the Zoom video conferencing app. Registration deadline is Sunday, Feb. 14.

“Currently we have 165 members,” co-founder Tammy McKee said. “Members may nominate one charity for each event.

“There is no limit to how many charities may be nominated.”

Power of 100 Canadian County is a group of generous women who pool their resources four times a year to make an impact in their communities.

Members who join are willing to commit to a one-hour meeting and to donate $100 quarterly to charitable causes; a total of four hours and $400 per year.

“Each nominated charity must be a nonprofit 501(c)3, serve Canadian County and be established for two years,” explained McKee, who worked 28 years for Yukon Public Schools.

Representatives of the nominated charities will make brief presentations about their organizations during the Feb. 15th “Valentine’s Virtual Event.”

Names of three charitable causes will be drawn from the nominees and then Power of 100 Canadian County members will vote to select this quarter’s grant recipient.

Members and guests can register for next Monday’s event through the website, Powerof100cc.org

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KEEP ON GROWING

For its inaugural event last October, Power of 100 Canadian County selected Compassionate Hands of Yukon for its first large gift – which ended up totaling $12,765. At that time, the foundation had less than 140 members.

With more members having joined since then, the second grant recipient could receive a considerably larger gift this time around.

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

“It’s simple, it’s meaningful and it’s powerful,” said co-founder Anita Bishop, another former longtime YPS employee.

The idea to launch the Power of 100 in Canadian County was born when McKee was volunteering at Yukon’s Manna Pantry. Last year, Oklahoma City’s 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,” McKee said. “I started looking into it and decided we were going to form our own foundation for Canadian County only.”

Power of 100 Canadian County hopes to have its spring quarterly event in person on May 10.

Membership is open to all women. To learn more, visit Powerof100cc.org