Women’s Fund group donates $10,000 to Christine Ann dental program - November 12 2010

OSHKOSH, WI – Strong emotions filled the hearts of those presenting and receiving funds to aid the health needs of women who've been abused.

Several members of the Health Care Power of 10 focus group on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, presented a $10,000 check to staff at Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services Inc. in Oshkosh to support its community dentistry program.

"If you can imagine being abused and losing teeth as a result, and then applying for jobs and having to go out on interviews and smile - it means a lot to have the money for this," said a misty-eyed Julie Denton, who is a Christine Ann staff member.

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services provides a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of victims, their children and communities in Winnebago and Green Lake counties.

"We are very gratified. One of the things we are working on is how to leverage this money by working with dentists in the community who are willing to help us out with reduced costs," said Annette Beattie, client services manager for Christine Ann.

The Power of 10 is the 10th anniversary initiative of the Women's Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Ten focus groups are charged with identifying the issues and obstacles facing women of all ages in our community. The participants then discuss, debate and decide where their $10,000 would be best put to use.

The health care focus group is the sixth of 10 groups made to donate $10,000 toward an initiative that will create social change for Oshkosh girls and women.

To learn more about the 'Power of 10', visit http://countmein.oshkoshareacf.org.

Since 1998, the Women's Fund has provided more than $400,000 in grants to make resources available for causes of interest to women; foster among women a sense of empowerment and philanthropy; and increase awareness of women's issues. For more information, please call 920-426-3993 or visit http://Women.OshkoshAreaCF.org.

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