Women with a Purpose

August 18, 2008 8:54:05 PM PDT
Four months ago, two Fresno moms set out to raise some money to help a friend. Since then, they, along with dozens of other women, have raised money to help families they don't even know. These Fresno women are now "Women with a Purpose."Every third Tuesday of every month dozens of Fresno women gather at a locally owned restaurant to eat a little, laugh a little and talk a lot. But there's more to these dinners than just fellowship. Each woman who comes is asked to give a ten dollar gift. The recipient of the gift is chosen the month before.

In July, Brenda Critizer, one of the founders of Women with a Purpose, presented Julie Ahmaday with a check for $764.00. Julie's husband is battling brain cancer. In June Catherine Koelewyn's family was chosen by Women with a Purpose.

Catherine Koelewyn remembers the phone call, "Hello Catherine. This may be the strangest phone call you've ever received ... but would you please give me a few seconds?"

Charlotte Bavarro was on the other end of the phone. She and her close friend Brenda Critzer founded women with a purpose.

Charlotte Bavarro says "Being moms, and we have our own businesses, it wasn't practical to do something huge ... so we decided to do something small as individuals and ask other women to join us and our little something turns into something big."

The gift came as a complete blessing to the Koelewyn family their daughter, Audra, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age three. The Hanford family has had to travel back and forth to St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis Tennessee.

Catherine Koelewyn was overwhelmed by the generosity of Women with a Purpose. She has still never met Charlotte Bavarro or Brenda Critzer, but someday she hope to start a Women with a Purpose group of her own in the South Valley.

Women with a Purpose
August 19, 2008 - 6:00 p.m.
The LimeLite Restaurant
1054 W. Shaw
Charlotte Bavarro - 559-250-0587


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