Women Who Care give boost to Robin Bradley Memorial.

December 10, 2018

Women Who Care give boost to Robin Bradley Memorial.



GOLDEN TOWNSHIP – The Robin Bradley Memorial Scholarship Fund was chosen Dec. 4 by the Women Who Care of Oceana County (WWC) to receive personal checks from each of its members totaling $15,000.

This quarterly meeting of the group was held at Open Hearth Grille in Mears. With these latest gifts, total giving by WWC members since June of 2012 stands at $325,000.

“It’s one of the newest charitable funds created under the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) umbrella,” said Tammy Carey, CFOC executive director. “We currently have 155 funds, a number that grows each year as individuals, couples, families and organizations establish new ones.”

The Bradley Scholarship Fund is CFOC’s 35th scholarship fund. Each helps Oceana residents get the training they need to earn a living. Recipients are typically graduating high school seniors with few resources and non-traditional students such as people who change careers or re-enter the workforce and need additional training.

“Robin was a close Silver Lake friend who died in April at the age of 48 after being hurt in a snowmobile accident seven weeks earlier in Wyoming,” said WWC member Gina Ferwerda of Silver Lake. “Knowing that her husband, Ty, recently created a scholarship fund in Robin’s memory, I thought this new charitable fund might be something our Women Who Care members might like to support. So I nominated it for consideration at our meeting.”

Other attendees made other suggestions. The Bradley memorial fund and two other nonprofit causes serving Oceana County were randomly selected, and then each was described to attendees. “All three nominated causes do really important work,” said Ferwerda. The fund that Ty Bradley set up to honor his late wife, Robin, received the most votes.

“These gifts from our WWC members will be earmarked in the Robin Bradley Scholarship Fund for any woman, any age, pursuing any career,” said Carey. “Funds will be awarded as applications for assistance are received and evaluated. These gifts from our members are a great tribute to Robin and help fill a scholarship gap. It’s difficult for adult women to get financial assistance for training needed to advance their life and career. This can include enrolling in a trade or vocational school, a traditional college or university, or other training program.”

On the first Tuesday of March, June, September and December, WWC holds a one-hour meeting at a different Oceana county venue. Attendees learn about three worthy causes serving county residents, and then choose one that everyone agrees to support with $100 personal checks. Socializing follows for those who have the time to stay.

Membership, currently at 150, is open to any woman who wants to be involved in this unique, joint effort to support Oceana causes. The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at a location to be announced. For more information about Women Who Care, contact Amy LaBarge at 313.268.2086, or check on-line at facebook.com/womenwhocareofoceanacounty.

For information about the various types of charitable funds that individuals and organizations create at the Community Foundation for Oceana County, log onto https://oceana-foundation.org/give/types-of-funds/