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Women and Girls Fund presents grants
By Katie Willis, The Star Democrat

EASTON — The Women and Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore awarded 13 grant recipients a total of $34,231 at the organization’s annual grants and awards luncheon Monday, April 25, at the Milestone in Easton.
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 Diana Mautz


Women and Girls Fund honors Diana Mautz
By HENLEY MOORE, The Star Democrat

The Women and Girls Fund celebrated the "power of pooled resources" at its 13th annual spring luncheon. In addition to awarding a total of $38,969 to 11 organizations, the Women and Girls Fund honored Diana Mautz for her impact on the lives of citizens throughout the Mid-Shore.

Originally from Ohio, Mautz moved to St. Michaels with her family in 1970. From then on she immersed herself in the community as she became the owner of Carpenter Street Saloon said Alice Ryan, founder of the Women and Girls Fund, as she introduced Mautz at the April 27 luncheon. "We want to honor you not only as a business leader, but as a wonderful volunteer and a real inspiration to all of us," Ryan said. "It really is a great privilege and honor to thank a woman who has been such an inspiration in our community."

Mautz was a leader in forming the St. Michaels business association, but it was her work with other community organizations and attitude of "never, never, never giving up" that was talked about most at the luncheon.

Ryan spoke on how Mautz was integral in organizing youth sailing programs at Miles River and Tred Avon yacht clubs, as well as the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and being active with Red Cross, the Waterfowl Festival, Critchlow Adkins Children's Center, and the St. Michaels and Tilghman volunteer fire departments she is an honorary member of both. Also there to honor Mautz: a representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st; Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; Del. Chris Adams, R-37B-Wicomico; and her own son, Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot.

"I can't tell you how proud I am to stand here and tell everybody this is my number one hero. Thank you mom," said Johnny Mautz after awarding her an official congratulatory citation from the Maryland House
of Delegates.

"I am honored to receive this award. If I ever saw something that needed to be done, I just did it," Diana Mautz said. She challenged those in the audience to do the same and help those around them.
Since 2003, the Women and Girls Fund has awarded $418,337 to 70 Mid-Shore nonprofits to support their mission statement of "using the power of pooled resources to improve the lives of women and girls on
the Mid-Shore."

This year's recipients were Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake's "Sister Power," Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center's English as a second language activities, Corsica River Mental Health Services/Crossroads Community's summer enrichment program, Critchlow Adkins Children's Centers' G.A.L.S. Program, Destined to Rise's "Stepping Up Our Game," Echo Hill Outdoor School's summer leadership program, Imagination Library of Talbot County's "Empowering Women, Raising Readers," Ladies of Nia's Tomorrow's H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program, Queen Anne's County Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Center's "Self-Help Resource for Child Sexual Abuse Victims/Survivors," Queen Anne's County Board of Education/Judy Center Partnership of QAC's Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Rebuilding Together Caroline County's "Critical Home Repairs and Accessibility Modifications."

"The staff and volunteers of the agencies the fund supports are true heroes," said Beth Spurry, past president of the Women and Girls Fund who co-chairs the fund's grants committee. "These people give their time and talent to help meet the growing and changing needs in our community. We are pleased to put donors and grant recipients together at the annual luncheon so they can see their dollars are going to real people who are doing great things for women, girls, and families throughout the Mid-Shore."

The Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore
provides grants to non-profit organizations each year for programs addressing unmet or underserved needs of women and girls in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties in Maryland.

Created in 2002 as a grass roots effort of a small group of women looking for an effective way to address significant local problems, the Fund has grown to include more than 750 donors who have, as of June 1st, 2013 created a permanent endowment of over $650,000.

Contribute to The Women and Girls FundCampaign For One Thousand Friends
We invite you to join the Women & Girls Fund in helping us meet our exciting and challenging goal: "Campaign For 1000 Friends"

We seek to enlist 1000 sustaining Friends who will make gifts of or pledge $1000 to the endowment.  (Pledges may be made on a convenient multi-year payment schedule.)  With such Friends we will be able to give $50,000 in grants annually out of the permanent endowment.  This will ensure that the Fund can sustain the positive work begun in 2003 and help achieve our ultimate goal: improving the lives of current and future generations of women and girls.

A circle of Friends 1,000 strong would truly be an embodiment of the power of pooled resources.  Let us use the precious gift of friendship that enhances our own lives by uniting to make a difference in the lives of those who need our help.