Impact100 Holiday Celebration!

More than 100 high energy women in a single room?  No wonder, Co-President Sydney Randazzo had difficulties “calling the meeting to order!”  But this really was a holiday party – a time to relax, spend time with friends old and new, and share smiles and conversations.  Nonetheless, there was some “business” to attend to.

Celia Canfield and Sydney Randazzo, Co-Presidents

Celia Canfield and Sydney Randazzo, Co-Presidents

Sydney thanked our generous sponsors of the event – wines from Wellington Vineyards and Charles Creek Vineyard, and cheeses from Gary Edwards at Carneros Caves and Laura Chenel Chevre, and our 2014 major underwriter, Union Bank –  and then introduced the current board members, thanking them for all of their hard work.  She described the past year as one of reflection and celebration for Impact100 with five years behind us, opportunities to envision where we are headed, and reaching an amazing milestone: surpassing the $1,000,000 mark in grants this May!  She also reminded everyone to mark their calendars for the Members Only meeting on January 24, 2015. At that time we will announce our level of membership and what our total grants for 2015 will be.

Grace Meeks, Chair of Impact Grants, and Diana Sanson, Chair of Community Grants also welcomed everyone and reminded them of the opportunity to serve on one of the Grant Review Committees.  The microphone was then passed to Impact member, Jennifer Hainstock.

Though very active in the community, Jennifer is a relatively new member to Impact100. She was delighted to see so many guests, particularly on that day – December 4, 2014 – for that would have been her grandmother’s 100th birthday.  One of the things she learned from her grandmother was that there are no real differences between people in this world, but some of us are luckier than others and happily we can share with others who are less so. “We give because we care and that is how we make an impact.”

Jennifer recalled the extraordinary energy in the room at the Annual Meeting last June as the Impact members had cast their votes and were awaiting the results. The $100,000 grant went to the Redwood Empire Food Bank for their Diabetes Wellness Program.  At that time, Jennifer did not know how important that was. Unfortunately, this year her 14 year old mentee was diagnosed with diabetes. Her mentee’s mother is already suffering from the disease and is losing her eyesight.  Now mother and daughter will both benefit from this funded program.  Jennifer thanked everyone in the room for their generosity:  “We gave. We are making an impact in our community.”

Wendy Hoffman, Membership Chair, encouraged attendees to renew or initiate their membership before the January 7th deadline.  She reminded everyone that every penny of the $1,000 membership goes directly to support our nonprofit community.  She also encouraged those who are able to give a little bit more to do so in support of our administrative costs.

Before everyone returned to full “party mode,” Celia Canfield, Co-President, asked everyone to raise their glasses in a Celtic Toast:

Wishing you always
Walls for the wind
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
And the love and laughter of those you hold dear


Photos courtesy of Impact100 member Pat Meier-Johnson