Event raises $2,400 for Windy Row Learning Center

The quarterly meeting of 100+ Women Who Care Peterborough at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Jan. 23 had the largest turnout yet since its inception in July 2013. After learning about three local charities, the majority of members voted to fund Windy Row Learning Center, raising $2,400 in less that one hour. Member Laura Gingras gave an informative and personal account of why she thought Windy Row Learning Center was a charity worth considering.

Prior to the winning vote, three nominated charities were pulled randomly from a hat and discussed among the group, including MATS presented by Karen Johnson, Windy Row Learning Center presented by Laura Gingras, and Keep Peterborough Warm Fund, also presented by Karen Johnson. “Each member gave thoughtful, factual, and engaging presentations for their respective charities,” said Carol Nelson, founder.

According to Laura Gingras, “I nominated Windy Row Learning Center because the center is the only resource available in the Monadnock Region to help children with dyslexia to learn to read at their potential. Without state or federal funding support, Windy Row relies heavily on foundation support and private donations. Their mission is to serve every child who seeks their help, and over one half of families served receive scholarship support provided by Windy Row’s generous donors. Given the tools to read, Windy Row’s children work very hard and prove their success. I hope others will include Windy Row in their charitable giving and help give kids the basic tools they need for successful and happy lives.”

“We’re thrilled to be donating to such a worthwhile cause. That’s one of the benefits of being a member of 100+ Women Who Care; you learn about charities that you may not have known about otherwise,” Nelson said.

100+ Women Who Care Peterborough meets quarterly for one hour and is open to all women interested in participating. Membership forms can be found at the groups’ web site: All charities and organizations up for consideration must be in the Peterborough area, including the towns of Peterborough, Jaffrey, Dublin, Greenfield, Temple, Antrim, Sharon, Hancock, Francestown, Bennington, Harrisville, Nelson and Rindge. A national charity can be nominated, but only if they have a location in the Peterborough area.

The next meeting is Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hancock Library, 125 Main St., Hancock. Registration and social time is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

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