Giving back in a big way

Published 9:46 pm Wednesday, December 9, 2015

One of Suffolk’s newest community organizations continues to be one of its most active and generous, setting a high bar for philanthropy and a great standard for community service.

Suffolk Business Women contributed $11,500 this week to Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia, continuing a string of large donations stemming from the inaugural Suffolk Wine Festival, which the local organization launched in April.

Beneficiaries of the substantial profits from the wine festival have also included Scouting organizations, the Suffolk and North Suffolk Rotary clubs and the Suffolk Business Women’s own scholarship fund.

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The ambitious project turned out to have been a hugely successful fundraiser, despite some major challenges — not the least was the fact that the site in North Suffolk was drenched by steady rain for much of the afternoon of the event. Even with the challenges, though, organizers were able to sell about 2,000 tickets, at $35 to $40 each.

On Tuesday, the results of that hard work were clear, when SBW members Teresa Mullins and Deb Gayle of Suffolk Business Women, presented a big (literally and figuratively) check to Laurie Ursiny of Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia.

Way back in April, another member of the club, Margie Wiley, had this to say about the wine festival: “The fact that we’re able to raise money like this … is terrific. It’s great being able to do something that gives back to the community.”

Whether the organization is Suffolk Business Women, the Rotary Club, Ruritans or any of the dozens of other philanthropic and service clubs dedicated to Suffolk, the goal is usually the same: give back to the community.

Congratulations to the Suffolk Business Women — a club with only a couple of years under its collective belt — for taking that responsibility so seriously and achieving it so well.