The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (the Fund) marked its 12th  annual Making a Difference Luncheon with a crowd of  300 men and women at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA on Friday, May 5th.

The enthusiastic crowd gathered to support the Fund, recognize the power of philanthropy, and honor the work of Carol Metzker. Executive Director, Michelle Legaspi Sanchez, highlighted the work of the Fund over the last year and said, “The Fund is the source, the go-to for information such as the Blueprint which provides critical data about how women and girls are faring here in the county.  We are bringing these issues to the forefront of awareness, conversations, and planning.  Now, more than ever, our voice is necessary to build a better path forward.”

Keynote speaker, Katherina Rosqueta, founding Executive Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, encouraged the audience that whether one has a million dollars or ten dollars to give, high impact is about making a meaningful difference in somebody else’s life. There are many opportunities to have a high impact on women and girls through investing in a woman’s education, economic empowerment, health, personal safety, or legal rights.

The Fund also presented its Kitchen Table Award to Carol Metzker, an outstanding Chester County resident and a champion of women and girls in our community. Carol was recognized for her efforts to end human trafficking.  Her remarks struck many guests as she shared the realities of the insidious problem in Chester County and highlighted local efforts combating it. Carol received citations honoring her contributions from the PA Senate, the PA House, and the Chester County Commissioners.

The Luncheon also launched the celebration of the Fund’s 20th Anniversary. For information about upcoming events and efforts to recognize this milestone, please visit the organization’s website at

Major sponsors of this event include: Mrs. Henry A. Jordan | The Chase Law Group, LLC | Land Services, USA | Silverang, Donohoe, Rosenzweig & Haltzman, LLC | H.O. West Foundation | Mary Lou Sterge | Anonymous | Bradford White Corporation | Mike and Nancy McLelland | MacElree Harvey | Mill Creek Capital Advisors | PECO | QVC | Rothman Institute Saul Ewing | Vista Today | WSFS Bank | Judi and Tim Bell | Cate and Tom Sennett | Denise Wine, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC|

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