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Women Who Care Brainerd Lakes giving group donates $20,150 to 2 local nonprofits

Each organization received $10,075. The money was presented to the organizations Jan. 21.

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MERRIFIELD — The Women Who Care Brainerd Lakes giving group met Jan. 17 for the second time at The Woods in Merrifield to donate money to two nonprofit organizations.

With a total of $20,150 to give out that night, the group heard from five local nonprofits randomly selected through the group's 100+ Women model.

After the votes were tallied, the group selected Smiles for Jake and Zac Johnson Cancer Fund.

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Marcy Weaver (left), Pam Finch, Scott and Jody Johnson (founders of Zac Johnson Cancer Fund), Sheila Avenson and Traci Linbo stand together after receiving a donation from the 100+ Women Who Care group. Contributed.<br/>
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Marcy Weaver (left), Pam Finch, Derek Owen, Anita Hollenhorst, Greg Springer, Mikayla Skarolid, Traci Lindbo and Denise Laudenbach stand together after receiving a donation from the 100+ Women Who Care group. Contributed.

Each organization received $10,075. The money was presented to the organizations Jan. 21.

To learn more about The Women Who Care Brainerd Lakes, email


Brainerd Lakes Area Women 100+ Women Who Care was formed in October 2021. It is made up of women who commit to donating quarterly to local area nonprofits.

Women can participate in two ways, either as an individual, committing $100 per quarter ($400 per year); or as a team of two, committing $50 per quarter ($200 per year) each. For every $100, women get one vote for a nonprofit to receive funds gathered. Individuals get one vote. Teams get one vote per team.

Women meet quarterly and nominate a local area nonprofit. Randomly, five nonprofit names are selected from the nomination bin. Individuals who nominated those five nonprofits then make presentations. Voting happens and the top two vote-receiving entities are chosen to get the proceeds from the group.

Each member writes their checks directly to the chosen nonprofits.

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