100+ Women Who Care from the 618 presented Beverly Farm with its first quarterly Impact Award of 2021 including $35,800 in donations from its members. From left are: Sandy Ferris, interim executive director of Beverly Farm; Denise Arendell, founder & co-director of 100+ Women Who Care from the 618; Sarah Rankin, co-director of 100+ Women Who Care from the 618; and Taylor Justice, development director of Beverly Farm.
Beverly Farm in Godfrey was selected for the first quarterly Impact Award of 2021 from 100+ Women Who Care from the 618.
As part of the Impact Award, the group’s members made donations to Beverly Farm that totaled $35,800, including a 50 percent match from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation on the first $10,000 raised. Member donations were collected over the course of February and early March. The group’s donations were officially presented to Beverly Farm by Co-Directors Denise Arendell and Sarah Rankin of 100+ Women Who Care from the 618 on March 18 at the Beverly Farm administration building in Godfrey.
“We want to thank 100+ Women Who Care from the 618, its members, and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for recognizing Beverly Farm, and for aiding in our mission with their generous donations,” said Interim Executive Director Sandra Ferris. “The donations they made will cover the costs of care and living expenses for two of our residents who no longer have living family members for well over a year. The support we receive from individuals and groups like 100+ Women Who Care from the 618 helps ensure that we can continue to provide the higher level of services that set Beverly Farm apart as a loving, caring home for all the adults with intellectual disabilities who we serve.”
Members of 100+ Women Who Care from the 618 had previously donated $1,200 to Beverly Farm when the organization was previously nominated for a quarterly Impact Award, but was not selected in October 2020.
“This first quarter Impact Award includes the largest amount of donations we have raised for any non-profit since the start of the pandemic,” said Denise Arendell, founder and co-director of 100+ Women Who Care from the 618. “Our organization and membership are thrilled to support local charities like Beverly Farm who make positive impacts in our community with the work they do.”
100+ Women Who Care was founded in November 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Mich., as a simple way to raise money efficiently and quickly for local charities. Local chapters of this organization have been forming all over North America. Based in Edwardsville, 100+ Women Who Care from the 618 was founded in the summer of 2019 by Denise Arendell and several of her closest friends and community allies. Their mission is to use the power of collective giving to make a big difference in their community, throughout the 618 area code.
About Beverly Farm
Beverly Farm was founded in 1897 by Dr. William H.C. Smith and his wife, Elizabeth to establish a caring home, socialization, proper medical care, healthy diet, physical exercise, education, recreation and meaningful work for people living with developmental disabilities. Today it is a planned community that looks and feels like a neighborhood. There are homes; a recreation center with a pool; an equestrian center; medical services; therapies, and more. Nearly 400 individuals who live with intellectual or developmental disabilities call Beverly Farm home.