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100 Women Who Care business fundraiser set for spring return
With the last one held in 2019, organizers of Fort St. John's 100 Women Who Care charity fundraiser are looking at a spring 2023 return.

It’s back! …or at least it will be, again, this spring.

The long-awaited and popular 100 Women Who Care event will make its return after being put off to the side by the pandemic.

“It really was started by businesswomen in our community coming together, capturing this idea,” said current board member Bailey Ollenberger.

The concept: gather 100 women in a room with each donating $100 to create a $10,000 pot and then find three charities. From there, have the three make a presentation and select just one to donate the entire amount to.

While the event is dubbed 100 Women Who Care, organizers don’t or won’t cap it if more ladies were to sign up.

“We always hope we have our 100 women (and plus) come and, maybe, eventually see it grow where it can be 100, 200…heck, even 300 would be amazing. If we ever got close to 300, we’d have to re-consider where we host the event because I think that’s close to maximum capacity at the Lido," Ollenberger said.

The goal, though, is to get that first 100 firmed up.

“So, when we tell the charities, be a part of our event, do a presentation, we have $10,000 or more. The last year we did this in 2019, we had close to 200 women, plus a business make a donation on the side, so we had $20,000 total.”

“We do have businesses who approach us and say we want to add an additional donation of ‘X’ dollars or we run into women who can’t physically be there but want to send their $100.”

Ollenberger said the committee is looking at a date in March to reignite the event.

Dawson Creek’s 100 Women Who Care event on Oct. 24 raised more than $13,000 for Special Olympics.

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