WINCHESTER – After a sold out event in year one, the North Dundas chapter of the 100 Women Who Care initiative are anticipating a similar uptake in 2019.

Registration is open now at www.100northdundas.com, with 200 total spots being made available.

As of press time, 152 area women had registered.

The fundraising pitch is simple: 200 women bring $100 each to a one-hour event to raise $20,000, all of which will go to local charities voted on by the participants. There are thousands of chapters of the “100 Who Care” movement, including ones in South Dundas and Kemptville. There is also a successful men’s chapter in North Dundas that was launched last year.

Diane Crummy (centre), chair of 100 Women Who Care with the three winning charities of the inaugural event in 2018. Dundas County Hospice received $10,000, Habitat for Humanity Cornwall and the Counties was awarded $8,000 and Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) Foundation got $2,000. Pictured are Kristen Casselman (left) and Cindy Peters from WDMH, Paul Renaud and Arnold Scheerder from Dundas County Hospice and Breckyn Fowler from Habitat for Humanity Cornwall and the Counties. Schoch Photo

“We were overwhelmed with the positive and early support for our new chapter in North Dundas. We should not have been surprised as our community always steps up to get involved and help our local charities,” said 100 Women Who Care North Dundas chair Diane Crummy. “This is a simple, creative way to get a group of women together for a night with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to local causes in our community.”

The $100 donation is not required at the time of online registration, but rather participants bring a cheque with them to the event, which has already been set for Thurs., May 9 at the Joel Steele Community Centre in Winchester. All participants will receive a $100 tax receipt for their donation.

“We have a lot of worthwhile causes to support, so we’re excited to get going and make a difference right here at home again in 2019,” Crummy said.

Sponsors will cover venue, wine, and snack costs during the social hour before the one-hour meeting where women learn about the charities and select the recipients of funds.

Information for charities on how to apply to participate can be found on the website. Regular email updates will be provided to the enrolled women.