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WISH 2018 Spring Membership Reception

WISH membership pins are given out to new members every year Sam Levitan Photography

Shepherd University EVP Monica Lingenfelter greets Kay Barkwill, a WISH member and Executive Director of Horses with Hearts. Horses with Hearts was one of the 2016 WISH nonprofit grant recipients. Sam Levitan Photography

Founding member Lois Pierce and her guest Demi Lewin check in.

New member Sharon Sutton (l) and founding member Carolyn Zwior (c) chat with membership committee co-chair and Shepherd University Foundation Executive Director of Development Sherri Janelle (r) Sam Levitan Photography

Members Anne Miller (l) and Kathy Jo Blue (r) chat Sam Levitan Photography

Member Kristie Hadley greets fellow WISH ladies Sam Levitan Photography

Stacie Rohn, WISH member and Executive Director of 2017 nonprofit grant recipient Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, gives a big hug to member Linda Blanc Sam Levitan Photography

Founding member Susan Sowers traveled all the way from southern VA to join in the festivities Sam Levitan Photography

Founding member and Grant Committee Chair Bonnie Brannon (l) chats with Carolyn Zdziera (r), Executive Director of 2017 nonprofit recipient Community Alternatives to Violence Sam Levitan Photography

Stacie Rohn gives an update on how the WISH Grant has impacted the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle through their Triple M: Mentoring Matters Most program Sam Levitan Photography

The crowd listens as Carolyn Zdziera gives an update on how the WISH grant has impacted the Community Alternatives to Violence program Sam Levitan Photography

Founding member Linda Roach listens intently Sam Levitan Photography

Dr. Arend Holtslag updates the group on how the 2017 WISH grant has impacted his Shepherd student group Model United Nations. Through the grant, the Model UN will be able to host a Model UN competition for area high schools in fall 2018 Sam Levitan Photography

Mary Beth Myers shares a video from the second 2017 WISH Shepherd Learning Project recipient Student Veterans Transitition and Support Initiative Sam Levitan Photography

Founding member and advisory committee representative Mary “Peachy” Staley gives an update on new initatives upcoming for 2018, including a celebration of WISH’s fifth year Sam Levitan Photography

Carolyn Zdziera (l) chats with membership committee member Kathy Bennett following the program (r) Sam Levitan Photography

Founding member Dale Walter (r) chats with several other WISH members Sam Levitan Photography

The beautiful centerpiece was provided by Flower Haus

Grant committee member Annette Van Hilst enjoys the reception following the program Sam Levitan Photography

Grant committee members Anne Small (l) and Julie Siler (c) chat with guest Piper Sutton (r) Sam Levitan Photography

Member Denise Phelps (r) chats with member Nikki Arvon (l) Sam Levitan Photography

Founding members and friends Mary “Peachy” Staley (l), Willie Elliott (c), and Connie Washburn (r) reunite at the event

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