When Dr. Valerie Lamont began talking about the “Honor Someone Special” Campaign at the Fund’s 7th Annual Award Luncheon this spring, few people knew that she intended to use the occasion to throw the spotlight on Virginia Sharp. Quiet, unassuming, and completely dedicated to helping children find their way in life, Miss Virginia has spent the last 47 years providing foster care to over 100 children in her Caroline County home.
The mother of six grown children of her own, Miss Virginia still does what she can to provide a loving home to children who need her support. At 85 she wonders if people might think she’s a little old to be a foster mother. But, her family says, when she asked the Caroline County Department of Social Services if there was an age limit for fostering, the emphatic response was: “You tell us, Miss Virginia!”
In fact, Miss Virginia shows few signs of slowing down. She can be found every Saturday in season at the Easton Farmers Market where, with some of her foster children helping, she sells fruit, vegetables, and baked goods. Stop by and say hello when you can. We promise that your life will be richer for it.
Above from left: Virginia Sharp, Valerie Lamont, president of the Women & Girls Fund, & Mrs. Seldon Dix.
From left: Forest Hansen, Mrs. Seldon Dix, Virginia Sharp, Valerie Lamont, president of the Women & Girls Fund, Seldon Dix.
The Women & Girls Fund is an endowed fund that channels the pooled resources of individuals into a powerful and permanent legacy serving the needs of women and girls in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties, Maryland.