Nominations Open For Chesco Woman Who's Helped Women And Girls

Marlene Lang

WEST CHESTER, PA — A Chester County organization wants to know about women who've made substantial contributions to the well being of women and girls this year.

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (CCFWG) is now accepting nominations for its 2021 Kitchen Table Award. Established in 2011 to honor a Chester County woman who represents the mission and values of the organization, the Kitchen Table Award is presented at CCFWG's annual Making a Difference Luncheon.

CCFWG said the award recipient is an "outstanding Chester County woman who has made substantive contributions through service and/or philanthropy to improve the lives of women and girls through her own time, talent or resources."

The award is named in celebration of the genesis of CCFWG: the many conversations held around kitchen, board room, and coffee tables that led to the formation of the organization in 1996.

Nominations are open to the public.

The Kitchen Table Award Nominee is announced prior to CCFWG’s annual Making a Difference Luncheon. This year, CCFWG will celebrate its 25th Anniversary of uplifting and empowering women and girls in Chester County at the organization's 16th Annual Luncheon on May 7, 2021. To be held at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern, the event will feature the announcement of the Kitchen Table Award winner.

Funds raised will support CCFWG’s philanthropic, educational, and advocacy programs that ensure women and girls have resources and opportunities to thrive. Over the past 20 years, CCFWG has awarded over $3.5 million to 80 local non-profit organizations.

CCFWG works to lead and unite the community through philanthropy and advocacy, to ensure that women and girls have resources and opportunities to thrive.

All nominations for the Kitchen Table Award must be received by Friday, Jan. 15. To learn more about the award and access the nomination form, go here.

Previous Kitchen Table Award honorees are: Patricia Yoder (2020); Cheryl Miles (2019); Susan Elko (2018); Carol Hart Metzker (2017); Moira Mumma (2016); Phyllis Copeland (2015); Alice Hausmann and Bonnie Van Alen (2014); Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran (2013); and Barbara M. Jordan (2012).

Questions may be directed to Executive Director Michelle Legaspi Sánchez by email at or by calling (484) 356-0940.

In response to COVID-19, CCFWG has developed innovative programs and initiatives to raise awareness about the pandemic's impact on local women, girls, and their families.

"In these uncertain and unprecedented times, CCFWG and its community partners will continue to uplift and advocate for vulnerable members of our communities to ensure equitable access and resources for all," CCFWG said in a news release.

This article originally appeared on the West Chester Patch