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Giving Hope Events

Giving Hope members and patrons are invited to attend our annual events. These include:

  • Winter Social
  • Spring Charity Event
  • Summer Social
  • Fall Annual Meeting





Winter Social Update

Winter Social Update


Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle

Winter Social Update

On November 30th, 41 Giving Hope ladies came out for the long-awaited return of our Dixboro General Store Christmas shopping event. Brenda, owner of Dixboro General Store, and her crew did an amazing job making the store look like a Christmas wonderland! They were very generous with their time in assisting our guests with their shopping ... and our ladies know how to shop! We spent $4000 (and that's after the 20% off Brenda gave our guests).

As we shopped, sipped and socialized, we supported The Rainbow Connection through our Pass the Purse. Our in-person collection totaled $550 and another $1100 was collected through on-line donations. The Rainbow Collection's mission is to make wishes come true for Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions. They also provide support services to eligible "wish" families in need.

As always, thank you to all of our volunteers - Karen Hanchett, Jackie Jossey, Becky Hurst, Dianne Neihengen, Dian Slavens and Debbie Maloni - for helping with set up, clean up and serving cookies and wine. Also, thank you to Sharon Filips, Denise Murray and Maureen Visser for greeting our guests at the sign-in table.


Next Special Event

Our next special event is tentatively set for Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at the Village Arts Factory. We are planning to support MOD Market. They may even set up a pop-up shop for our guests to purchase handmade items.

Merry Christmas Wishes and Happy 2023 New Year!

Raeann Neil

Special Events Chair

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Giving Hope - Fall Business Meeting Update

Giving Hope - Fall Business Meeting Update

Fall Annual Business Meeting Event October 12th

Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle enjoyed Our Fall Annual Meeting at Rocky’s of Northville. Members were given the updated Operating Guidelines of Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle, along with a reminder that annual dues of $125 are now due.

The Emergency Granting Fund was introduced. Emergency fund requests are vetted by CCF/LIA and approved by the Advisory Board to ensure donations will be used appropriately for true needs.

Members were asked to consider serving on our Advisory Board which meets 4-6 times a year. This is an opportunity to be more involved and collaborate with some talented ladies while providing support to local women, children and families in our community.

New Members

Giving Hope extends a very warm welcome to 5 new members: Penny Irwin, Jackie Jossey, Christine Schingeck, Mary Miller and Sue Smith. Our membership has grown to 64; and this, in turn gives us an even greater opportunity to help those in need!

Annual Meeting Recap

Along with our annual business meeting, ladies enjoyed socializing, a delicious plated dinner and learned about the Lead #Like A Girl program which has been empowering young ladies in our community for success for the past 7 years. The program’s director, Laura Mortier, gave a brief presentation overview of the program. Recent program graduates Sunhani Manosh and Natalie Richardson spoke about their personal experience with Lead #Like A Girl. $841 was raised in Pass the Purse and online donations, which will be applied towards the Lead #Like@Girl college scholarship fund awarded annually at their May graduation celebration. Giving Hope members will be invited to attend the ceremony.

Another treat of the evening was seeing some of our recent granting funds in action. Giving Hope member Christina Bair brought a variety of sample soaps from MOD Market. MOD Market recently received a grant from Giving Hope to support this new soap making program for the participants at Living and Learning Enrichment Center. The soaps will be sold at MOD Market in downtown Northville.

Special thank you to Karen Hanchett for suggesting and coordinating our efforts to support Lead # Like A Girl program and Becky Hurst, who helped clean up after our vent.

Dixboro General Store Christmas Shopping Event

Our next special event will be The Dixboro General Store Christmas shopping event on Wednesday, November 30th 7-9 pm.  Invite your lady friends to come shop at 20% off items! Our Pass the Purse will go to support The Rainbow Connection. Their mission is to make wishes come true for Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Pass the Purse collection will focus on gift cards that the Rainbow Connection can give to wish families.

Suggested gift cards:Taco Bell, AMC, Chic Fil A, Amazon, McDonald’s, Panera, Meijer, Little CaesarsDairy Queen *Cash is always welcome.


Raeann Neil

Special Events Chair

Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle

Summer Social Update - Giving Hope

Summer Social Update - Giving Hope

June 22 Summer Social Update

Twenty-eight ladies attended our Giving Hope Summer Social supporting Seedlings, Braille Books for Children. Ladies enjoyed our in-person event with friends, warm weather, and a bonus of live dinner music along with a delicious Greek buffet at George’s Senate on Bushwood Public Golf Course. Our newest Giving Hope member Christine Schingeck joined us along with several guests. Giving Hope pins were handed out to members. Members are encouraged to wear their pins to our events. Giving Hope golf shirts are still available for $53. Please contact Linda Demmer.

The Fox Hills Golf prize was given out. We had 4 gift bag prize drawings from Vitrine on Main in Plymouth. Giving Hope ladies were encouraged to participate in the Vitrine shopping event the following Friday & Saturday, in which 20% of sales were donated to Seedlings.

Katelynn Lucus from Seedlings, Braille Books for Children, shared their passion and mission. They believe it is important for all children to be raised in a literacy-rich environment. Visually impaired children also need to be surrounded with affordable Braille materials. Giving Hope Ladies participated in their Buy-a-Book donation program. Every $10 donates a Braille book. Each book donated by Giving Hope will be inscribed “This book was donated by Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle-Plymouth-Canton”.



Online donation:                                 $820                                                                           

Pass the Purse donaations:               $390

(from the event)

Vitrine shopping event donations: $200

(Giving Hope ladies like to shop!)

                               Total donations=  $1,410

That’s 141 Braille Books!


Thank you to all the generous ladies of Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle!

Thank you to the many hands that helped in putting this event together- Beth Meade with eblasts, Linda Demmer with evites, Denise Murray with FaceBook posts, Debbie Maloni for the food choices, Karen Hanchett for the lovely flower vases, Sharon Filips, Karen Christensen & Becky Hurst for attendance and prize drawings, Jackie Norris for her guidance & encouragement and the ladies of Special Events Committee who helped with set up and clean up!

Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle is looking forward to our fall event- (tentative) Wednesday, Oct 12 @ Maverick’s, helping to support Lead Like a Girl. Please make plans to join us and invite friends to come to learn about our mission & passion of Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle- supporting local charities helping women, children & families.

Raeann Neil

Special Events Committee Chair

Giving Hope Spring Event

Giving Hope Spring Event

Giving Hope will be hosting a fun and educational March event.

Join us for a zoom PJ party on March 9th at 7pm

The charity chosen for this event will be Michigan Foster Care Closet.

The speaker will be from Michigan Foster Care Closet .

Please look for our invitation to this fun and educational event.


"'Tis the Season to Rock Ugly Sweaters"

"'Tis the Season to Rock Ugly Sweaters"


"'Tis the Season to Rock Ugly Sweaters" zoom session to be held on Wednesday December 8th at 7pm!

More "merry" details will follow soon!!

There will be raffles and prizes. The charity that we will raise money for that evening is Canton Goodfellows Inc .

Cheers to 15 Years

Cheers to 15 Years

Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle was founded in 2006.
At that time, a group of local women philanthropists came together to establish the organization and encourage other women to join in philanthropic giving. Their early efforts were focused on helping in the local community, reaching and assisting women, children, and their families in need. For 15 years, Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle has been accomplishing that objective and continues to develop women's philanthropy and meet needs through fundraising and grant making.
Gather to celebrate 15 years of Giving Hope!
The event will include:
-Gift Gathering for the Bottomless Toy Chest
-short business meeting
-pinning ceremony for members

Tickets are $35 and include plentiful appetizers and a champagne toast. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Buy Tickets

Giving Hope Summer Social 2021

Giving Hope Summer Social 2021

The Advisory Board of Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle
Enthusiastically Invites YOU to attend our
In-Person Summer Social
Wednesday June 16th 6-8pm
on a beautiful and spacious, outdoor patio setting at Fox Hills Golf Course
As a special treat, one of our newest members,Kay Warnke, will be bringing a collection of her personally handmade
purses, totes, face masks and bags and has graciously offered to donate all sale proceeds to our "pass the purse" charity
Clean Love
The Clean Love Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women and young girls feel clean, loved and empowered by distributing "Clean Love" hygiene kits to those who are homeless, live in poverty, or survivors of domestic violence. Most donations to shelters do not include feminine hygiene products, Clean Love kits do! These products help alleviate the stress that comes with a woman’s monthly cycle.
We hope that you will join us as we continue celebrating our 15th Anniversary of Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle
COST: $30.
Includes a glass of wine, prepackaged light dinner, snacks and dessert.
(Meal and wine selections may be made during payment and registration.)
 RSVP by June 7th 


Giving Green for Giving Hope

Giving Green for Giving Hope


Thank you to all who joined us for our March 10th event.

This event was to benefit the endowment fund of Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle.

The event featured a brief history of the GH endowment fund and how it makes it possible for the women of Giving Hope to accomplish our mission of helping local women, children and families in need.

Canton Community Foundation President Beth Meade explained the recent changes and the decision to partner with others to become the Local Impact Alliance.

Judges awarded two of our best dressed "lassies" special Irish libations. All attendees were entered into a drawing for gift cards to local shops and eateries - all donated by your GH Advisory Board Members.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and members, we were able to raise $

If you would like to give to the Giving Hope endowment fund, click here to be transferred to our donation page.

Giving a Harvest of Hope

Giving a Harvest of Hope

On Wednesday November 18th 2020 - Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle hosted a special Zoom event Giving a Harvest of Hope which benefitted Open Door Ministries.

Ladies who participated were treated to a special tour of the Open Door facilities by Founder Steve Darr! It was wonderful to see how Open Door operated and realize how much Hope they Give our community!

Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle is delighted to announce $1999 was raised to support the ongoing program.

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Giving Hope uses the beautiful blue velvet purse pictured here for our "Pass the Purse" charity collections. Our "Purse" is set out at each event and guests are invited to place donations into the purse to support the organization or cause designated for the event. Donors like you have contributed more than $20,000 to deserving organizations and causes through "Pass the Purse".

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