Countdown to Summer was the theme to this year’s annual Business and Professional Women’s scholarship fundraiser auction that was held Saturday, April 5, at the Catawba Island Club. A silent auction, a live auction and a raffle raised just under $5000. The money will go toward scholarships BPW provides to area women and area women’s organizations.
The speaker invited to the event was Michelle Ish, BPW scholarship recipient and human resource specialist at The HR Department. When she contacted Lori Madison from BPW, Ish already had a four year college degree, but she wanted to do something more. Ish wanted to get her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, and with the help of the BPW scholarship program she was able to do that. With the SPHR she was able to start The HR Department.
“I couldn’t have done it without the BPW scholarship,” said Ish. “I needed the continual commitment of education to reach my goals and they (the BPW) were able to help me achieve that.”
The money raised at the auction will be added to the money raised at the BPW Celebrity Server event that was held in the fall; $7000 was raised at that event. The money raised will go to 2014 fall scholarship recipients and 2015 spring/summer scholarship recipients. In addition to funding the scholarships, BPW also supports Ruth Ann’s House, Buckeye Girls State, Ohio Business Week, Leadership Ottawa County and BPW members.