SowHope is an international, nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to inspiring women around the world through wellness, education and economic opportunities. The public is invited to attend the fourth annual world class, international photo exhibit “Beauty & the Burden—Women of the Third World” to raise awareness of the plight of women in the developing world. This fundraising event is Saturday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Goei Center, 818 Butterworth SW, Grand Rapids. Tickets for the event are $25 each. More than 40 photographs showing both the beauty and the burden of women in the Third World will be on display as well as several interactive stations where attendees can have a hands-on look at the world these women face. The powerful, inspiring photos were taken by more than a dozen international photographers. Opportunities to support projects focusing on women’s health care, literacy classes, and micro-loans will be available at this event. The gala evening will include delicious food (heavy hors d’oeuvres) prepared by award-winning West Michigan Catering, a cash bar, and live piano music by professional Diane Cosby. Alan Salmon, president and CEO of Superior Furniture, will host the evening and an inspiring presentation about SowHope will be given by the organization’s president, Mary Dailey Brown, at 8 p.m. Comments will be made by board member Al Longtin, president and CEO of ABresources. After the program, attendees are invited to stay and enjoy the music and cash bar until 10 p.m. Complimentary valet parking will be provided. There are limited tickets for this event and pre-purchase is recommended. Call (616) 433-1575 or visit the website at www.sowhope.org to purchase tickets.
Western Michigan and beyond It hardly went noticed in the hustle and bustle of activities that surround the international nonprofit charitable organization SowHope, but the growing organization celebrated its third birthday Saturday, January 31. A fast-growing international organization started by women for women in 2006, it is dedicated to inspiring and supporting women around the world through wellness, education, and economic opportunities. The organization’s “method of operation” is unique and really works. SowHope is one of the only international organizations specifically focused on addressing the basic needs of women internationally by partnering with local leaders, using local solutions to solve local problems. These leaders already have the reputation for helping women. SowHope collaborates with their partners by funding measurable, time-limited, and outcome-based projects that match SowHope’s three program areas. “It has been amazing to realize our dream of helping women in the Third World,” shares SowHope’s president and founder, Mary Dailey Brown. “During of first three years, we have had the privilege of impacting over 6000 women through AIDS care and prevention, literacy classes, and micro loans.” Dr. Diana Sharp, associate vice president, Harper College, Batavia, IL, says she became involved “because Mary asked her” and is now president of the SowHope Board. Having known Mary for 30-plus years, she said from the beginning SowHope’s mission was very compelling, and she believed in the cause of helping the most oppressed women of the world, facilitated locally by those working side-by-side with these women. “However, I stayed involved with SowHope,” stated Dr. Sharp, “Because I continue to be impressed with the documented progress of the women in our programs and to be in awe when I hear about the progress continuing to be made and the care and concern that goes into decision making and goal setting for our organization.” Ainur Nutai, Khazikstan Grand Valley State University International MPA student and SowHope Board Member agrees. Graduating this spring, Ainur will be going back to her county, but will stay involved in SowHope. “I have seen the needs of women first hand,” says Ainur, “and I want to continue to do my part to support this local thinking and global acting organization”. The Honorable State Representative Tom Pearce is another SowHope Board member with strong convictions to […]