Around 50 people packed into Shoes, Cup and Cork in Leesburg April 22 for 100WomenStrong's annual award of $113,000 in grants to local nonprofits.
The philanthropic group was started by Karen Schaufeld. 100WomenStrong partners organizations and businesses with charity groups and does its own do-good work as well.
Guests networked at the event's start before Schaufeld called everyone's attention.
"I'm just thankful that we have a great community like this [with people] who do such great work," she said.
She encouraged the attendees to make connections with one another and be bold and take risks.
"If you could change the world, what would you do? You're already doing that," she told the room.
Sheila Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Salamander Resort and Hotel in Middleburg; Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-33); and Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-34) attended the event, among other state officials.
The grants were awarded to the following local nonprofits:
All Ages Read Together, Leesburg
The nonprofit provides programs for low-income and moderate-income preschoolers, encouraging them in reading and education by partnering them with seniors.
Dulles South Food Pantry, Dulles
An emergency food pantry providing for Dulles South and the surrounding area.
HomeAid Women Giving Back, Chantilly
The group collects and provides free used clothes to women and children referred to them by area case managers. HomeAid puts special emphasis on the collection of women's professional attire in an effort to help them get jobs.
INMED Partnership for Children, Sterling
INMED rescues children from unstable situations, such as hunger or abuse, and seeks to give them a more stable life into adulthood by getting them needed services and getting communities and families involved.
Loudoun's Abused Women's Shelter, Leesburg
LAWS gives women and children support and help as they seek to escape and recover from abusive situations, whether domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Loudoun.
Liberty's Promise, Alexandria
The nonprofit helps integrate low-income immigrant teens by providing them with internships and civic education opportunities.
Loudoun Therapeutic Riding
Provides equestrian therapy to people with cognitive, psychological and physical disabilities.
Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers
This network of volunteers provides care for the elderly and disabled adults so they can continue to live well and independent.
Step Child Abuse Network
Educates parents and communities in an effort to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.