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BEAUFORT WOMAN’S CLUB AWARDS $22,750 IN GRANTS TO THREE LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

                                   

BEAUFORT, N.C. (Jan. 15, 2020) – At its first meeting of 2020, the Beaufort Woman’s Club awarded grants totaling $22,750 to three local organizations that were beneficiaries of the club’s Craftsman Style Architecture Tour in October 2019.

 

The club awarded $12,500 to the Beaufort Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain to support its academic success programs; $7,550 to the Carteret Community Theatre to restore its concession stand; and $2,700 to The MirIAM drug and alcohol rehabilitation center to purchase laptop computers that will allow the center to help women finish their GED and find employment.

 

The Craftsman tour, which featured homes in Beaufort’s historic downtown area and nearby Highland Park neighborhood, highlighted the architecture and history of the third most significant architectural style in the historic area. Craftsman homes grew in popularity between 1906 and 1940, and feature large front porches, low-pitched roofs, deep eaves with exposed rafters, dormers, and large fireplaces.

 

Karma Rodholm, Beaufort Woman’s Club Craftsman Tour chair, said the first-time tour was highly successful, drawing more than 600 visitors from throughout the region. She praised the more than 125 volunteers who helped make the tour a success. Ms. Rodholm also thanked Dr. Dan Krautheim, preservation enthusiast and Craftsman homeowner, for his vision and expertise in making the tour possible.

 

About the Beaufort Woman’s Club

 

Founded in 1921, the mission of the Beaufort Woman’s Club is to make a positive difference in the community by supporting preservation, revitalization, education and the economically depressed. The club has 96 active members and is open to all without discrimination, encouraging relationships, fellowship, growth, leadership and a commitment to community.

 

About the Beneficiaries

 

The Beaufort Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plain has given economically disadvantaged youth a chance to succeed by equipping them with the essential skills necessary to thrive in school, work and life. The Craftsman Homes Tour grant will support their academic success programs, including Power Hour and Summer Brain Gain, and help them purchase educational supplies and offset costs of educational field trips.

 

Carteret Community Theatre is a non-profit, all volunteer group committed to bringing opportunities for theatrical experiences to all the citizens of Carteret County. The theatre was decimated by Hurricane Florence in 2018. The theatre is raising money for recovery not covered by insurance, and it hopes to be open again later this year. The Craftsman Homes Tour grant will provide the finances to restore the theatre’s concession stand, an important revenue producer for the theatre.

 

The MirIAM is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Carteret County that serves women who want to change their lives and achieve independence from addiction. The Craftsman Homes Tour grant will enable the facility to purchase laptop computers to allow the women they serve to finish their GED and find employment.

 

Photo (left to right):

Karma Rodholm, Beaufort Woman’s Club Craftsman Tour Chair

Karen Willis, Beaufort Woman’s Club member, and member of Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plains

Kimberly Boyd, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plains

Carolyn Evans, President, Carteret Community Theatre

Ann Walker, Director, Carteret Community Theatre

Tami Thomas, Founder & CEO, The MirIAM

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