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Annual Women’s Tea celebrates women’s philanthropy in Porter County

Stephanie Jones talks to guests at the 17th annual Women’s Tea last month.

VALPARAISO — “When is the last time you have done something for 522 days,” said Stephanie Jones, to the 234 women in attendance at the 17th annual Women’s Tea hosted by the Porter County Community Foundation.

“Something that you love; that you’re passionate about?” she asked the crowd. For Jones, what started out as a New Year’s resolution turned into an ongoing, philanthropic adventure. For 522 days straight, Stephanie gave a gift.

“My definition of a 'gift' is when you give something and expect nothing in return,” Jones said. As she spoke of her intentional, sometimes serendipitous gifts given away throughout this journey to family, friends or even complete strangers, she explained how this challenge really stretched her, in more ways than she could have imagined.

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Jones shared her inspirational journey and challenged those in attendance to stretch themselves by giving a philanthropic gift to the Women’s Fund of Porter County and help make a difference in the lives of women and children, right here in the community.

Impact Porter County is a giving circle associated with the Porter County Community Foundation. “Impact Porter County has a simple and ambitious goal,” said Bill Higbie, president & CEO of the Porter County Community Foundation. “To raise $100,000 annually, half of which would be given away immediately to causes that support women and children; the other half would be endowed to continue helping organizations forever."

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