Women philanthropists award $10,000 to Cradle Beach

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First Reporter- Business First

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Women philanthropists award $10,000 to Cradle Beach

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM EDT

Cradle Beach was selected Thursday night to receive a $10,000 grant from Western New York women philanthropists following the first 100 Women Who Care event.

The event brings together 100 women who each agree to a $100 donation and together decide on one nonprofit agency to receive the total gift.

With support from the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, the United Way Women's Leadership Council invited its members to come participate in the event, which follows a model http://www.100wwc.org/other-chapters/ that started in Jackson, Mich., in 2006. Today 100 Women Who Care chapters can be found in more than 128 cities.

At the Buffalo event, four ballots were chosen at random from among agencies currently funded by the United Way who were nominated by participants: the United Way, Cradle Beach, Olmsted Center for Sight and Read to Succeed Buffalo.

After Thomasina Stenhouse shared a personal story about her experience with the organization, Cradle Beach was selected as the ultimate winner.

Cradle Beach serves the needs of nearly 1,100 children annually with disabilities and children who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition to summer camp programs, the nonprofit agency offers programming throughout the year at its camp in Derby.

The United Way Women's Leadership Council, established earlier this year, is made up of more than 700 women donors of $500 or more, each of whom has designated that at least $250 of their gift remain with the United Way.