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Women of Achievement reach ‘Young Women to Watch’ endowment goal

May 22, 2021

ASHLAND – The Ashland County Women of Achievement have reached their fundraising goal to ensure the annual “Kay Conrad Young Woman to Watch” award will exist for years to come.

With more than $8,000 in donations from generous supporters and a match from past Women of Achievement award recipients Jan Archer, Suzanne Carruthers, Jody Ford Watson, Shannon Hill, and Bonnie Manos, a total of $16,005 was placed in an endowment fund at Ashland County Community Foundation.

This new, Young Women to Watch fund is separate from the existing Ashland County Women of Achievement Fund.

 “We are so grateful to each of the individuals and families who contributed to this fundraising campaign,” said Ashland County Women of Achievement President Shannon Hill. “Thanks to your forward-thinking act of generosity, we will be able to recognize many young women and help them along their own paths to achievement.” 

Kay Conrad founded Ashland County Women of Achievement in 1991 to recognize and advance the accomplishments of Ashland County women. Approximately 200 women have been inducted into the group.

Named in memory of Conrad, the “Young Woman to Watch” award was created in 2018 to recognize young women’s accomplishments and support their aspirations. Young women who exemplify the qualities of Women of Achievement can be nominated for the award. Recipients are honored at a reception and provided a cash gift to support their endeavors.

Ashland County Community Foundation President/CEO Jim Cutright praised the Women of Achievement for their work and thanked them for their continued partnership with ACCF.

“The Women of Achievement are doing important work to uplift young women in Ashland County, and we’re grateful they have chosen ACCF as a means of building sustainability for their efforts,” Cutright said.

About Ashland County Community Foundation: Ashland County Community Foundation advances philanthropy and improves the quality of life in Ashland County by connecting people who care with causes that matter. ACCF has awarded over $18 million in scholarships, grants and distributions.