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Women hoping to make a difference will meet at Turner Hall Sunday

NEW ULM — This Sunday, around 100 women will join together at Turner Hall to help make a difference for an area non-profit organization.

The event is called 100 Women Who Care. At 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 women who have signed up for the event will each donate $100, then discuss which non-profit should receive the donations. If 100 women take part, that means $10,000 for a worthy non-profit.

Michelle Markgraf helped organized the event. She said a similar group in Sioux Fall, South Dakota organized to help the local 501(c)(3) organizations. Other 100 Women Who Care events are held in the Twin Cities. The Twin Cities organization has managed to raise $700,000 for charities since 2012.

Markgraf wanted to kickstart a similar organization in New Ulm. The plan is to hold two events a year. Annual membership in the group would be $200 with the money going to the charities chosen.

Markgraf explained the process for the event. Women attending the event would pay $100 and sign in at the event. Women signing would write down the name of a local non-profit on a slip of paper. Once everyone was signed in, three non-profits would be chosen at random from a hat. The women gathered will then discuss which non-profit should receive the money. The person who nominated the non-profits would have five minutes to explain why it deserved the donation. At the end of the event, the women will vote for their top choice.

Markgraf said in addition to helping one non-profit, it would help people learn about other non-profits that operated in the community.

Women interested in participating can RSVP online at 100women-newulm.org. Markgraf said there are currently 60 women signed up to attend, but anyone interested can sign up the day of the event.

The event begins at 6 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Turner Hall. After the event, members are encouraged to stay and network with fellow philanthropists.

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