The Port St. Lucie Business Women received a proclamation from St. Lucie County in recognition of four decades of commitment to community action and service with their “Ruby Jubilee” 40th anniversary at the St. Lucie County at the County Commission meeting on September 15. Port St. Lucie Business Women President Donna DeMarchi, 40th Anniversary Committee Chair Diane Gallagher and Dorothy Kamm accepted the award.
Since its inception in 1980, the Port St. Lucie Business Women has operated as an independent. With roots deeply anchored within our community, the organization has grown from 21 charter members to 70 members today. They are involved in a wide variety of fields including auto mechanics, banking, education, entertainment, fashion, government, law, travel, and more.
The Port St. Lucie Business Women’s partnership with Indian River State College has benefitted 68 local women through the award of $124,500 in scholarships to continue their education. Additionally, the Business Women recognize the importance of granting scholarships for continuing education to members to further their professional and career development.
Throughout its existence, the Port St. Lucie Business Women has supported and served many community needs. They have made a positive impact on our community, from painting walls at the Pace Center for Girls and SafeSpace, purchasing and filling backpacks with school supplies for “Stuff The Bus”, participating in “Day of Caring” food drives for Treasure Coast Food Bank, and swinging hammers for Habitat for Humanity. For ten years they have participated in and sponsored the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, raising more than $16,000 for the American Cancer Society to provide free rides to cancer patients, provide wigs free of charge to women, and to support the search for a cure, education, and outreach.
“It was truly an honor to have the Port St. Lucie Business Women’s 40 years of service to the community recognized by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners,” said President Donna DeMarchi. “Our members have demonstrated their commitment to our organization and their community even during the challenges we are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to carry out the mission of the organization, granting $10,000 to non-profits that are addressing crucial needs and awarding $7,500 in scholarships.”
The Port St. Lucie Business Women is a 40-year-old, 501 (c) (6) non-profit professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of businesswomen and serving our community. For more information visit www.pslbw.com. Follow their Facebook page for updates about events, programs and community involvement.