100+ Women Who Care Northern Virginia Donates to Encore Stage & Studio


Jennifer Reising, Sara Strehle Duke (Executive Director of Encore Stage & Studio) and Traci Richards pictured among the stars of Willie Wonka, Jr.

ARLINGTON, Va. (July 19, 2013) — On July 8, 100+ Women Who Care Northern Virginia members presented $3,700 to Encore Stage and Studio. Checks were presented during a summer camp and rehearsal for Willie Wonka, Jr., with all the kids in attendance.

“We are so proud and honored to support the fine work and educational programming this organization provides in our community,” says Traci Richards, co-founder of 100+ Women Who Care Northern Virginia. “And, how fun it was to present the checks directly to the kids and see a preview of their upcoming production.”

100+ Women Who Care Northern Virginia is an organization for women wanting to make a positive, local impact but with limited time and resources to give.

Encore Stage and Studio, a local children’s theater, was chosen by 100+ Women Who Care Northern Virginia’s membership as the designated charity at its third quarterly meeting at the Tyson’s Pimmet Library in Falls Church, Va. on May 2.

Encore’s mission is to build life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater of theater arts – onstage, backstage, in the classroom and in the audience.

Northern Virginia women are invited to attend 100+ Women Who Care Northern Virginia’s fourth meeting, Thursday, August 1, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the George Mason Regional Library in Annandale. While membership is steadily growing, still more women are encouraged to join, as the new women’s giving circle’s optimal goal is for 100 women to each $100 checks, thereby providing $10,000 to the selected local charity.

Simple and efficient are essential components of the 100+ Women Who Care concept. The group meets quarterly for one hour and learns about local nonprofit agencies. Voted on by the group, one agency is selected to receive individual checks of $100 from the members. The checks are written directly to the local agency, not a foundation or 100+ Women Who Care Northern Virginia, so there are no administrative fees.