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Minot Women Leaders Raise Over $31,000 for Community

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MINOT – May 17 was a “Day of Giving” for participants of Center for Technology & Business’ Women’s Leadership Program. Six pairs of women were given $200 in seed money and challenged to grow the funds in a philanthropic project of their choice for the Minot area community. The groups had just over a month to find a cause and determine the best way to give back.

On May 17 many of the groups headed out to deliver their surprise donations to a variety of organizations. Recipients included Minot Junior Golf Association, Souris Valley Animal Shelter, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stemen Memorial Park, Roosevelt Park Zoo, and the McGruff Crime Prevention Project at the Minot Police Department. The groups gave $31,517 in cash donations and in-kind contributions to area organizations.

Darla Jost and Jeanine Kabanuk were the top giving team, raising $16,683 for Stemen Memorial Park in Burlington. The women received permission from the city to have a vacant plot of land designated as a park named after an influential local family and raised cash donations from area residents that will be used to purchase equipment for the park. The park will be located on the north side of town and maintained by the Burlington Fire Department.

Pam Karpenko and Darla Miller were another top giving team, together they raised a total of $9,479 in cash and in-kind donations for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Minot. The center provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as public education and awareness to a four county area in north-central North Dakota.

“I’m in shock, it’s absolutely amazing what just 12 women were able to do for their community. The Women’s Leadership Program is all about inspiring women to step up and lead, and lead they have. These women are now the inspiration for others to recognize that they too can give back and make a difference. Each and every one of these women have gone above and beyond our expectations and I am so proud to have them as alum of the program,” stated Deb Eslinger, executive director of Center for Technology & Business.

The Women’s Leadership Program is an intense six month program dedicated to expanding the professional, personal, community and health leadership skills for women of all ages. The program will wrap up with a luncheon and graduation ceremony on June 27 with keynote speaker Jodee Bock, owner of Bock’s Office Transformational Consulting out of Minot. By encouraging audiences to think beyond their reasons, Jodee leaves audiences with new insights, along with ideas for turning their knowledge into action. The public is invited to attend and can purchase tickets to the luncheon at www.trainingnd.com or call 701-223-0707.

Center for Technology & Business serves as the women’s business center for North Dakota and grows North Dakota’s economy by helping small business owners succeed through training, technology and business development. Their programming develops leaders, builds rural communities and mentors women business owners.

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