Heart of the Ozarks Professional & Business Women donate to five local charities

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Courtesy of Michelle Cook

Pictured from left to right are: Cheryl Gladback (Hope House Thrift Store supervisor), Peggy Cochran (PBW), Katie Matthews (Hope House director) and Karen Hodson and Michelle Cook (PBW).

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Courtesy of Michelle Cook

Pictured from left to right are: Michelle Cook (PBW), Peggy Cochran (PBW), Angie Fiene (CADV) and Karen Hodson (PBW).

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Courtesy of Michelle Cook

Pictured from left to right are: Peggy Cochran (PBW), Pat Woodward (Lamb House), Karen Hodson (PBW) and Michelle Cook (PBW).

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Courtesy of Michelle Cook

Pictured from left to right are: Peggy Cochran (PBW), Marecelle Buxton (Share the Harvest vice president), Judy Wimmer (Share the Harvest director), and Karen Hodson and Michelle Cook (PBW).

With great honor and fulfillment Heart of the Ozarks Professional & Business Women (PBW) were able to make five $500 donations each to local charities recently. Five hundred dollar donations were presented to CADV, Hope House, Lamb House, Share the Harvest and Woman 2 Woman.

These donations are funded through various fundraising efforts of the organization throughout the year such as the annual Fall Into Fun Event, plant sale, used book & media sale in the spring as well as a coupon book sale and silent auction at the Top Ten Women event.

Funds raised also provide scholarships for non-traditional scholarship(s) for women going back to get or further their education.

“It is honestly a priceless experience being able to visit these charities, listen to their overwhelming needs and know that collectively as an organization you are doing something to support them. The amount of women and families that are assisted by them locally is staggering and all help whether it is financially, volunteering, or donating food or items you no longer use, is appreciated more than words can express”, shares Karen Hodson, President Heart of the Ozarks PBW. “As the organization continues to grow our membership diversifies, which lends to our ability to continue to contribute back to the community and hopefully continue to maintain that local impact.”

The mission of the Heart of the Ozarks chapter of Professional & Business Women is to enhance women’s lives professionally, politically and personally. The Chapter is also a member organization of Missouri Business Women. The organization meets monthly the first Wednesday, alternating between lunch and dinner meetings.

For more information regarding PBW contact Karen Hodson at 573-529-3707 or Amanda DeGraffenreid at 573-216-3465.

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