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FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT AS PRESENTING SPONSOR. Together we celebrate the 23rd Anniversary of the Power of the Purse® and honor the light and spirit inside the women and girls in all of our lives.


Regina McCrary

Aimee Mayo is a Grammy-nominated songwriter. Her songs have spent 26 weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts, including hits “Amazed” and “This One’s For The Girls.” She is one of the few females to receive both BMI’s Country Song of the Year and BMI’s Country Songwriter of the Year awards. Aimee channels her troubled childhood, an abusive marriage and later marrying her songwriting sweetheart into her newly published memoir “Talking to the Sky.”

Regina McCrary, a member of Americana super-group and gospel icons The McCrary Sisters, has performed with Elvis as a teenager, Stevie Wonder as a young adult and toured for four years with Tyler Perry. After the sudden death of her son, Regina wrote “A Mother’s Prayer,” a book to encourage healing from loss in the stories of others who shared a similar experience.

Grammy-nominated songwriter


Country singer-songwriter

After her success on Team Blake in Season Two of NBC’s “The Voice,” RaeLynn’s debut single, “God Made Girls,” was a top 10 smash on country radio. She has since scored two Academy of Country Music nominations, Platinum and Gold singles. A fierce advocate for those struggling with diabetes, RaeLynn created The RaeLynn Diabetes Fund at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in 2016.

Member of gospel-roots supergroup The McCrary Sisters

Jennifer Vickery Smith

Entertainment reporter and producer

The Conversation “In the Round” will be hosted by Jennifer Vickery Smith who has interviewed some of Music City’s most popular and intriguing artists as a freelance entertainment reporter and producer. Her work has been seen nationally on Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, EXTRA, Fox News, Good Morning America and locally on WSMV-Channel 4.

Welcome to the 2021 Power of the Purse! We are elated that you have joined our virtual gathering from the legendary Bluebird Cafe! Whether alone or with friends, we’ve come together today in hopes of furthering the amazing work of The Women’s Fund. While much of the world has been put on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Women’s Fund has remained steadfast in their mission to invest in long-term solutions for transforming the lives of women and girls in Middle Tennessee. The need to award grant funding to vital programs addressing the health of women and girls, economic self-sufficiency and the prevention of violence against women has not slowed. Therefore, your participation in today’s event is just as important as ever. We hope you enjoy the stories you are about to hear and they inspire you to get involved. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Be well, Angela and Leigh Ann


Co-Chairs Angela Bostelman and Leigh Ann Witt Committee Lori Badgett Kathy Boles Leslie DiPiero Ashley Klekamp Kristen Perkins Amanda Schwartz Anne Elizabeth McIntosh Tacheck

2020 AND 2021 POWER OF THE PURSE® SPONSORS Presenting Sponsor

First Horizon Eberling Charitable Foundation The Jane and Richard Eskind and Family Foundation Genesco Inc. The Harnisch Foundation Elisha and Jeff Zander

HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health Katie and Kevin Crumbo Denise Cummins Hopmayer Kroger Ellen Lehman Truist

Sallie and John Bailey City National Bank Angela Bostelman Liz and Dudley Brundige Ann Bumstead Annette Eskind Mary Gingrass Oma Harris Ingram Industries, Inc Montessori Centre Nashville Electric Service Pinnacle Financial Partners Regions Bank Leigh Ann Witt

Felicia Anchor Rowena Cuff Sondra and Doug Cruickshanks Julie Frist Ellen Hoffman Merideth Hollomon Marci Houff Jenni Moscardelli Christy Waller The Law Offices of Rachel Zamata, LLC


Laura Lea Bryant

Amy Grant Gill

Leigh Ann Witt

Angela Bostelman

Lily Aldridge

Ceri Hoover

Lori Badgett

Cherryl Carlson

Wilcox & Haynes Style

Cindy Kershner & Mark Manz

Martha Henderson

Cordia Harrington


E. J. Sain

Nancy Chapman

Emerson Grace

Oak Hall

Gus Mayer

Oma Harris

H. Audrey

Sherry Deutschmann

J. McLaughlin

The SkinBar

Janet Miller

Vineyard Vines

Keva Cooper/ Leisure & Labels


As we celebrate The Power of the Purse® virtually this year, it would be impossible to continue without giving special thanks to the women who have provided gifts of time and treasure during this precarious year – including the fabulous Board of The Women’s Fund and the hard-working co-chairs and committee of The Power of the Purse. We are proud to continue our work to make the path easier for those who will one day stand on the shoulders of those who have come before them, championing progress, and pushing ever forward to new heights. Our legacy for our daughters and granddaughters will be the ability to follow in their footsteps, navigating the paths of service and Connecting Generosity with Need®.

2020 - 2021 THE WOMEN’S FUND ADVISORY BOARD Lori Badgett

Melisa Frist

Lauren Ossolinski

Meera Ballal

Karlen Garrard

Jennifer Pagliara

Megan Barry

Joanna Hall

Liz Palmer Brundige

Nancy Benskin

Deborah “Oma” Harris

Phyllis Qualls

Thallen Brassel

Megan Hart

Holly Roche

Laura Lea Bryant

Marci Houff

Susan Short Jones

Sunny Bray Cartmell

Lynne Ingram

Suzanne Smothers

Lisa Cole

Ellen Lehman

Sarah Sperling

Sondra Cruickshanks

Johari Matthews

Zulfat Suara

Katie Crumbo

Vickie Mertz

Melissa Watkins

Missy Eason

Valerie Nagoshiner

of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


The Women’s Fund, an endowment fund within The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is dedicated to increasing support in Middle Tennessee for programs serving women and girls.

of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


To become Middle Tennessee’s only $10 million endowment and leading resource for identifying and supporting the needs of women and girls.

of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


• Achievement of economic self-sufficiency for women • Prevention of violence against women and girls • Promotion of health, well-being, and talent of women and girls


to programs promoting the health and well-being of women and girls


to nonprofits assisting women and girls who are victims of domestic violence

Since its inception, The Women’s Fund has made grants totaling

$2,075,945 $586,657 to programs

addressing the specific needs of girls



black and brown girls received support and resources to lessen the harm of adverse childhood experiences including Covid-19


uninsured women were offered lifesaving screening through a mobile mammography outreach program



Nashville women received career coaching and training leading to employable skills and careers to help lift them out of poverty

women received materials and equipment in advance of a year-long commitment to become their healthiest through individualized coaching in fitness, nutrition, and behavior change



female entrepreneurs are participating in classes to strengthen and expand business opportunities and access to capital in troubled economic times

affordable counseling sessions were provided to women affected by domestic violence



women in Rutherford County were provided temporary shelter and services for themselves and their children

mothers under age 30 were provided free long-acting reversible contraception that helped prevent unwanted pregnancy and give them power to become pregnant on their own terms


women received welcome kits filled with essentials to help them succeed as they entered the only nonprofit sober living community in Williamson County


victims of domestic violence were provided safe shelter and comprehensive services at the Weaver Domestic Violence Center

2020 THE WOMEN’S FUND GRANTEES A Step Ahead Foundation of Middle Tennessee Inc. To provide free long-acting reversible contraception to mothers age 30 and younger by partnering with local health clinics. Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality (AWAKE) Tennessee To provide evidence-based education to youth and at-risk women on self-advocacy and how to create change in their own communities. AGAPE/Association for Guidance Aid Placement & Empathy To provide funds for emergency expenses for residents at the shelter.

Branches Recovery Centers To provide a free support group for women dealing with low self-esteem. Bridges of Williamson County To provide prescriptions, mental/physical healthcare provider needs, transportation and minor car repairs for domestic violence survivors. Center of Hope To provide therapeutic counseling to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault to heal from trauma. Community Homeless Outreach & Support/The Brooks House To provide mental health counseling and preventative and corrective physical, dental, and vision exams and medications for women preparing for independent living.

Domestic Violence Program, Inc. To provide sexual assault forensic exams and free supportive services to assist adult victims of sexual assault find hope, healing, recovery. Doors of Hope To provide wrap around program services for clients in our transitional housing program. Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee/Renewed To provide life-changing programs and support groups for those who are affected by eating disorders in our community. End Slavery Tennessee To provide intensive and full spectrum services for human trafficking survivors living in End Slavery Tennessee’s safe house.

2020 THE WOMEN’S FUND GRANTEES EPIC Girl Inc. To use screening and case management to recruit, retain and link at risk girls to EPIC Girl’s programs. The F.I.N.D. Design To provide support for 75 black and brown girls to lessen the harm of adverse childhood experiences including Covid-19. Galaxy Star Drug Awareness/ Nashville Peacemakers To provide trauma release focused therapy for girls in Back to Basics youth mentoring program. Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Inc. To provide an authentic and comprehensive Girl Scout experience for homeless girls and girls in unstable housing in Davidson County.

Girls on the Run Middle TN To enhance the social, psychological and behavioral skills of girls through a positive youth development program that creatively integrates running.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville To provide career support and advancement that gives women in food, beverage, hospitality and farming the tools to survive and thrive in adversity.

Haven of Hope, Inc To provide enhanced domestic and sexual violence victim services in undeserved rural counties through case management, counseling, and emergency assistance.

The Mary Parrish Center To provide emergency financial assistance to survivors of interpersonal violence and their children. Healing Housing, Inc. To create welcome kits of essentials that help residents succeed in their sobriety after entering the Healing Housing sober living community. Hope Station, Inc To provide rental and utility assistance to single working mothers with minor children in Davidson and Rutherford Counties.

Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation To bridge the gap for at-risk women battling breast cancer by providing the support and resources needed during treatment. Nashville Diaper Connection To support the “No Child Wet Behind” program that provides baby diapers to moms who otherwise might not afford them.

2020 THE WOMEN’S FUND GRANTEES Nashville Film Festival To provide positive creative and professional development opportunities through film for at-risk young girls.

Palmer Home Family Care To provide personal and baby essentials for 10 mothers reentering the community after prison release and/or reunifying with their child.

The New Beginnings Center To provide women with the materials and equipment in advance of a year-long commitment to become their healthiest through individualized coaching in fitness, nutrition, and behavior change. Pathway Lending To provide classes to 300+ entrepreneurs to help strengthen and expand businesses and access capital in troubled economic times. The Next Door To provide a safe, comfortable environment where women can detox from substances and begin a journey of healing.

Renewal House To provide trauma-informed, gender-specific intensive outpatient addiction treatment for 60 low-income women, including specialized programming for pregnant and postpartum mothers.

Rest Stop Ministries, Inc To provide long-term, trauma-informed, survivor-centered residential restoration care to adult female survivors of sex trafficking.

Refuge Center for Counseling To provide affordable counseling sessions and care to women affected by domestic violence. Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee To prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect through home visitation by registered nurses.

Rejoice School of Ballet Rejoice Ballet empowers youth by training, nurturing and celebrating dancers from diverse racial, socioeconomic, cultural, and developmental backgrounds.

Saint Thomas Health Foundations To bring lifesaving screening to uninsured and underserved women in Bedford, Macon, and Davidson Counties through mobile mammography outreach. Sexual Assault Center To provide specialized therapy, advocacy, and support to 30 low-income girls and women who have been sexually assaulted.

2020 THE WOMEN’S FUND GRANTEES Stepping Stones Safe Haven Inc. To provide temporary shelter and wraparound services to women and their children.

Wings of Courage To provide emergency financial assistance and items needed for escape for victims of domestic violence.

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence To provide legal services and referrals to wraparound services for immigrant sexual assault, domestic violence, and trafficking survivors.

Women Are Safe, Inc. To provide shelter to 75 victims of domestic violence, including adults and children, in rural Tennessee.

Thistle Farms, Inc. To provide housing, healthcare, and job training to women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities To provide transformative, collaborative music and arts education programming to diverse groups of women and girls.

UpRise Nashville To provide career coaching leading to employable skills and careers for Nashville women ready to lift themselves out of poverty.

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee To provide safe shelter and comprehensive support to victims of domestic violence at the Weaver Domestic Violence Center.

Do you know of organizations in Middle Tennessee that are supporting the needs of women and girls? Please encourage them to consider applying to The Women’s Fund grantmaking program.

Your involvement can start today! Scan here to support The Women’s Fund


Fiercely inspiring Meet the women of First Horizon who stand with The Women’s Fund in the belief that women who lift up other women and girls make our entire community stronger in meaningful ways.

At work and at play,

Jane Eskind was always helping shape the next generation. Her support of The Women’s Fund was no different: For Women, For Generations

The Harnisch Foundation is a small but mighty private foundation at the forefront

We support The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, making NASHVILLE STRONG now, and for generations.

of creative, progressive, and spirited philanthropy. Founded in 1998, the foundation has supported the work of effective leaders and creative communities working to advance equality, with a focus on women and girls.




“May Dean Eberling is a woman with many legacies but among her greatest may be as a connector of people and a mentor to many.” -Ben Hall, NewsChannel5 May 29, 2019

The Women’s Fund

Angela, Congratulations on another successful fundraiser in 2021!

was a beneficiary of this connection and mentorship during May Dean Eberling’s lifetime and we were honored to be included as one of five beneficiaries

The Power of the Purse is Mighty! Nous sommes fiers de vous!

of the charitable foundation May Dean established as a lasting legacy for many in our Middle Tennessee community including women and girls.

Love, Les Chic Femmes

Introducing the Eberling Charitable Foundation established through May Dean Eberling’s estate plans as a permanent source of support for: The Women's Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Greenways for Nashville MTSU Foundation Scholarship Fund Nashville Humane Association Second Harvest Food Bank

Thank you for making each day brighter and for being such a positive role model in my life. You are the best mom!!! - Love, Lynn Ghertner

HCA Healthcare and TriStar Health salute the women who have chosen careers in all facets of healthcare.

“Congratulations to The Women’s Fund and The Power of the Purse 2021,” and on behalf of the Give Black, Give Back initiative, we join you in celebrating the collective Power of Women.

We appreciate your dedication and commitment to giving people a healthier tomorrow.

In the words of the late, great American jazz vocalist and actress Ethel Waters,

“WE ARE ALL GIFTED. THAT IS OUR INHERITANCE.” Kia Jarmon (left) and Lisa Swift-Young, co-chairs of the Give Black, Give Back initiative at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

To Mimi Wallace:

From 1913 to Today

Our thanks and gratitude for your longtime leadership, mentoring and trailblazing role as a woman in finance. - Ellen Hoffman & The Wallace Group at UBS

We miss you everyday! Love, Caroline, Annabel and Tommy

From generation to generation, our family has served our communty proudly.

Thank you to The Women’s Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for all of the wonderful work you do to benefit Tennesseans! -The Law Offices of Rachel Zamata, LLC

The Tennessee Women’s Fund Alliance was established in 2012 for the mutual benefit of Women’s Funds in Tennessee and their work to better the lives of women and girls in our State.

Kroger pays tribute to all the talented women on our team, and to all the women we serve in our stores. Thank you for making our company and communities stronger.

Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga Women’s Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Women’s Fund of East Tennessee Women’s Fund of Greater Memphis

Sweet Caroline Fund

The Bailey Bunch Fund

established by Jenni Moscardelli

established by Sallie Bailey

Carrie, I love learning, volunteering, and giving with you! Love, Mom

Let your greatness bloom. - Nelson Mandela

The Marissa Victoria Houff Fund established by Marci Houff

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MULTI-GENERATIONAL Marissa, you have a joie de vivre that inspires us every day! Love, Mom and Dad



GIRLS GIVE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Educational Workshops - opportunities to learn about nonprofits, endowments and granting Volunteer activities with nonprofits Girls Give designated seating at The Women’s Fund Power of the Purse Luncheon Annual Granting Event

GIRLS GIVE FUNDS Atkinson Family Fund established by Sue Atkinson

Sissy’s Fund established by Sondra Cruickshanks

Girls Just Want to Have Funds established by Liza Lentz

Ellie and Anna’s Fund established by Lori Badgett

The Emily Christina Davis Fund established by Suann Davis

The Mertz Girls Fund established by Vickie Mertz

The Bailey Bunch Fund established by Sallie Bailey

The Missy and Meredith Eason Fund established by Missy Eason

The Ballal/Reddy Girl Power Fund established by Meera Ballal

The CIT Fund established by Amy Fair

Mary Moorman/Ryan Caldwell and Daughters Granddaughters Fund established by Julia Morris

The Banker Charitable Fund established by Jean Ann Banker

Francie and Carolyn Fisher Fund established by Irwin Fisher

The Mary and Molly Bronaugh Fund established by Molly Bronaugh

Caroline and Annabel Frist established by Julie Frist

The Mary Lindley Carswell and Patricia Morgan Carswell Fund established by Patricia Carswell

The ECCE Fund established by Melissa Frist

The Cato Ladies Fund established by Joanne Cato The Chadwick Girls Fund established by Laura Chadwick Lisa Ramsay Cole and Anna Grace Cole Fund established by Lisa Cole

The Karlen and Frances Garrard Fund established by Karlen Garrard The Caroline A. Davis, Lucy Davis Haynes and Caroline Davis Haynes Fund established by Lucy Haynes The Marissa Victoria Houff Fund established by Marci Houff

Sweet Caroline 03 Fund established by Jenni Moscardelli The Norton Family Fund established by Sallie Norton The Give It/Live It Fund established by Mary Jo Shankle Simons Family Giving Fund established by Susan Simons The Weaver Giving Fund established by Nicky Weaver Cheek C.A. Witt Girls Fund established by Leigh Ann Witt The Dorothy Bell Orr and Nancy Bell Slaughter Fund established by Nancy Zoretic


For 20 years, The Women’s Fund has hosted an annual Forum with topics ranging from human trafficking to hunger. The 2020 virtual Forum was the second in a two part educational series on sexual assault. The 2019 program focused on the impact and resources in Middle Tennessee, while the 2020 program was a discussion more specific to life on a college campus. To learn more 2019 The Women’s Fund Forum Panelists: (L to R) Rachel Freeman, LCSW, President & CEO Sexual Assault Center; Virginia Carrigan, Sex Crimes Lieutenant, Metro Police Department; Pam Crues, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, SANE-A, Medical Legal Exam Team manager, Nashville General Hospital; Jennifer Pagliara, The Women’s Fund Forum Co-chair; Valerie Nagoshiner, The Women’s Fund Forum Co-chair; Meera Ballal, J.D., M.Ed., founder of Women’s Healthcare Initiative.

about the series on sexual assault, visit the online resource library at

2020 The Women’s Fund Virtual Forum


The first gift commitment to The Women’s Fund through an estate plan came when Colleen Conway-Welch made a bequest as a founder. She remained so committed to that gift 25 years ago and what it represented that she signed on to chair Women Will. Sadly, Colleen passed away before the public launch of these efforts, but we honor her here as a champion for Women Will and her understanding of “the peace of mind that comes with making such a gift.”

Women Will acknowledges bequests designated to benefit The Women’s Fund specifically or to benefit a named charitable fund that supports The Women’s Fund and its grantmaking to help women and girls in Middle Tennessee. A gift through Women Will is easy to make, and The Community Foundation will assist you in doing what you can and feeling great about the impact you will be making in our community. The Women’s Fund and The Community Foundation have experience with receiving potential gifts of cash, stock, real estate and “stuff” (i.e., personal property such as jewelry, art, silver and other collectibles).




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