Power of Purse Luncheon May 8

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WHITESBORO — The Women’s Fund of Herkimer & Oneida Counties will hold the Power of the Purse Luncheon at noon on Tuesday, May 8, at Harts Hill Inn, 135 Clinton St.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The 21st year of The Women’s Fund and the mission to empower women and girls to realize their dreams will be celebrated.

This year’s speaker is Amy Dickinson, who writes the “Ask Amy” column, syndicated through North America with a readership estimated at 20 million. She is also a regular panelist on the NPR comedy quiz show, “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me...!”  She grew up on a dairy farm in Freeville, NY, and lived in New York City, Washington D.C., London and Chicago.

Her 2009 memoir, “The Mighty Queens of Freeville,” became a New York Times best-seller. Her new memoir, “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things,” covers her decision to move back to her hometown and her mid-life marriage to a local builder. She is the mother and stepmother to five daughters.

This year’s recipient of the Alumnae Award is RCIL and its mission of independence. At RCIL, solutions are provided to the personal, social or governmental barriers that may prevent a person’s decisions from being respected and realized.

This year’s recipient for the Dream Maker Award is Mary Finkle. This award is given annually to an individual who has had a positive impact on our community.

Finkle has been a long time community organizer, advocate and nurturer for the community of the Mohawk Valley. After receiving her master’s in social work from Syracuse University in 1998, she went to work for 15 years at Community Health and Behavioral Services in Rome counseling adults and children with mental health needs, with an emphasis on building healthy lifestyles.

In 2003 she continued to provide counseling to patients in Rome, but added to her responsibilities by becoming the clinical supervisor at Mental Health Connections in Utica, overseeing all operations of an outpatient health clinic. Continuing on the vision of self-empowerment, in 2006 she left Mental Health Connections and accepted the position of director of clinical services at the YWCA which included counseling individuals in domestic violence situations, all the while still providing both group and individual counseling to people with mental health needs in Rome.

Tickets for the luncheon are $45 per person. Reservations must be received by Tuesday, May 1. To order tickets or for more information go to www.womensfundhoc.org.

People can also e-mail womensfundhoc@centralny.twcbc.com.

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