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Milton home to 100 Women Who Care

Meeting new friends, having a glass of wine, and raising $10,000 in just one hour: sounds like a fun evening.Milton is the latest place to join the 100 Who Care Alliance, holding its launch party at La Toscana Ristorante October 12 so others can get involved.

Milton’s branch of the resource, voluntarily compiled by chapter leaders, is 100 Women Who Care.Milton’s Liane LaBarbera, who is a chartered life underwriter at Investors Group Financial Services, learned about the fundraising initiative and jumped into action. After a few inquiries, she contacted two other Milton women, who were also interested in the same idea.

 LaBarbera, Joy Paterson, and Dr. Heather Jones quickly became friends and joined forces.In addition to Women Who Care, there are chapters for Men Who Care, People Who Care and Kids Who Care groups.

There are more than 400 chapters around the world. The first meeting was held in 2006 in Michigan when a group raised $12,800 in less than one hour to help purchase cribs for new mothers.

Here’s how it works. The launch party is intended to bring out some key individuals in the community to advocate for the cause. They get together, connect, vote on a charity and donate.“The idea is to get 100 women, who nominate a charity close to them, and three are chosen from that,” said LaBarbera. “Each person has a chance to speak about their charity.”

Milton home to 100 Women Who Care
Michael Ivanin / Special to the Champion
From left, Joy Paterson, Liane LaBarbera and Dr. Heather Jones helped launch the 100 Women Who Care Milton chapter. The group held a party at La Toscana October 12 with proceeds going to the Salvation Army.
Milton home to 100 Women Who Care Michael Ivanin / Special to the Champion From left, Joy Paterson, Liane LaBarbera and Dr. Heather Jones helped launch the 100 Women Who Care Milton chapter. The group held a party at La Toscana October 12 with proceeds going to the Salvation Army.

Afterward, everybody votes; the selected charity gets the donation: $100 in one hour from each woman equals $10,000.“It’s simple she said, we meet, we connect, we vote, we donate,” she added.

Donations were accepted at the October 12 launch party for the Salvation Army.The first official meeting where fundraising will begin is set for January 11. From there meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each quarter, with ones set for April, July and October.

To learn more, go to the group’s Facebook page at 100 Women Who Care Milton.