The Bradshaw Farm Women’s Club held its annual banquet where $12,000 in gifts was donated to 17 Cherokee County charities and organizations.
Scholarship recipient Sarah Carnes, an outstanding Sequoyah High School senior, was also honored at the event.
Following dinner and the presentation of donations, the installation of the 2012-13 officers, co-presidents Joyce Poe and Julie Cullins, vice president Jennifer Snyder, secretary Carol Smith and treasurer Nancy Lanbert was conducted by outgoing co-presidents Barbara Brewer and Donna-Kay Sullivan.
The incredible effort of this year’s members made possible the club’s largest donations ever, said Sullivan.
“We raised more money this year and what we found out was that the needs were greater than ever,” Sullivan said.
The major fundraisers for the group of 35 women throughout the year included the Bradshaw Farm Neighborhood Garage Sale Charity House, the Christmas Tour of Homes, and a Bradshaw Farm Birdhouse Project.
In addition, there were numerous small endeavors such as Papa John Pizza Night once each month and Lady Slipper Fall Pansy Sale. There were also generous donations of supplies and goods for needy organizations throughout the year were gathered from the Bradshaw Farm neighbors.
“When Bradshaw was developed, a couple of people began to pull together an organization with a mission to be social, development friendships in community and support organizations who help others in the area,” Sullivan said. “We try to support the schools, sheriff’s office, fire departments, and charitable organizations.
Sullivan said she moved into Bradshaw Farm four years ago and immediately was made to feel welcome by members of the community. When her son died unexpectedly soon after she and her husband moved in, the outpouring of support was tremendous.
“As soon as we moved into my home, people were so nice and everyone was so kind,” Sullivan said. “We had no sooner moved in than our son passed away. He was adult, and it was one of those awful things.”
The co-president also said when they returned back to Cherokee County from Texas where her son had lived, support flowed for the newcomers.
“When we came home, they had food, everything we needed,” she said. “Since I have been there the outreach is just remarkable, it is a nice community feeling.”
Sullivan said the group is open to everyone in the neighborhood.
“I am retired teacher, my daughter lives in neighborhood and my grandchildren live here,” she said. “Many of us are retirees, some are younger.
Sullivan also praised the husbands for their contributions to the cause.