By Mary Hollingsworth
“Ten percent of life is what happens to you and ninety percent is what you choose to do about it. In our own special way, all women want a few, very similar things out of life. We want the love of someone special. We want to be able to provide for our families financially, developmentally, and emotionally. We want to leave a legacy; whether it is in our careers, in a community organization where we serve, or in our children as they grow into their own. We also want to be challenged to use our many gifts and to feel fulfillment and a sense of purpose. Single, working mothers are a precious category of women that might have found themselves in their position either by choice or misfortune. Regardless of the circumstance, these women prove each and every day to be both powerful and courageous. Everything that they do is for their children and they play many roles. These mothers are the breadwinner, the disciplinarian, the teacher, the head chef, the nurturer, and the chief executive officer of the home. They work hard, long hours to provide for their children. These women wish for the same things all women want. In the hustle and bustle of single motherhood, a desire that often requires them to make an extra sacrifice is in achieving their own sense of fulfillment and purpose. Professional Women of Winston-Salem (PWWS) seeks to make that burden a little lighter.” – Ivey Baker, PWWS President
Since 2000, Professional Women of Winston-Salem [PWWS] has given scholarships each year to help single, employed mothers who are working to complete a college degree. The scholarship is open to single mothers either residing in or attending a college or university in Forsyth County. The PWWS Silent Auction, held annually in the fall, serves as the primary fundraiser for the scholarship fund, although cash donations are welcomed throughout the year.
This year, Forsyth County businesses and individuals answered the call of duty and donated more than $6,000 in products and services to the PWWS Silent Auction to be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Womble Carlyle Club at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem. “In years’ past we have been able to donate two scholarships, as we will again this year,” says Baker. “We need all professional women in Winston-Salem to come be a part of this wonderful event to purchase these graciously donated items. I would love for us to be able to give away six scholarships next year. Just imagine the impact that we could make!” Register online at www.pwws.org. Registration covers admission and a delicious lunch at the ballpark. Guests are welcome!
Among the donations are a trip for two to Harrah’s Cherokee; a 2005 Vintage Meursault Wine from Burgundy, France; a golf round for four at Maple Chase Golf and Country Club; a Segway tour for two; massage sessions; individual coaching; a picnic basket; and gift certificates for restaurants and services.
“The auction gives our members and guests a festive atmosphere for networking while also browsing and bidding on auction items—all for a worthy cause,” commented Judi Lawson Wallace, PWWS Scholarship Chair. “It is gratifying to see how we are helping these hard-working women who want a better future for their families.”
“Our PWWS scholarship winners do not look back on the events in their lives that led them to where they are; instead they look forward and beyond,” says Baker. “They choose not to let life happen to them but to create the life that they want for themselves and their children.”
For more information about PWWS and previous years’ scholarship winners, visit www.pwws.org.