Mission Statement

Our mission is to equally support local higher education and local charities, primarily assisting women and children. We accomplish this through fundraising activities in conjunction with our PAWC luncheons. The proceeds of our efforts assist a diverse population of students who may not be able to continue their education without financial assistance and provide extra monetary help to local charities to better serve the disadvantaged of the Bradenton-Sarasota community.

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Recognizing our PAWC Members as Volunteers

From Carolann Garafola, Pres. PAWC : April 2021

Dear PAWC Members;

April is National Volunteer Month and I wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you who have continued to support our Mission (1964) "….to raise money for scholarships for students at SCF, Manatee Technical College….and to provide support to local charities through cash donations and supplies".

Each and every one of you has made a difference in the world of women moving on with their lives, adults in need and children in need…. I THANK YOU ALL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SENT IN THEIR DUES, MADE A MONETARY DONATION TO FUND OUR SCHOLARSHIPS AND WILL BRING SUPPLIES TO OUR MAY 14TH LUNCHEON.

We are back to in-person luncheons; and we hope to see each of you at this time of renewal.

I also want to thank our Volunteer PAWC Board and Chairpersons who during this year did the following as a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More):

  • Met every first Friday of the Month via Zoom; and made decisions as a group in a collaborative manner;
  • Helped to Fundraise for our Scholarship Fund; and worked amicably with SCF regarding what we could fund for this year for students;
  • Answered the many email and phone questions regarding our fundraising efforts;
  • Worked to get a Florida Approved License to sell raffle tickets;
  • Organized Zoom Mix and Mingles, a GREAT way in which many of us got to know each other through our stories;
  • Continued with our PR for local papers and the E-Breeze as well as kept our history;
  • Organized a viable and rich program for the luncheons, which could be used for next year;
  • Worked with PACC to schedule all the luncheons;
  • Handled our membership drive and got members who had left to return as members;
  • Kept copious minutes of all meetings;
  • Managed our finances, while working with our accountant and provided P & L reports;
  • Helped to raise money for our Directory so that it was totally funded with ads;
  • Published the Directory in a timely fashion;
  • Updated our Website with new information and new photos;
  • Kept in contact with our Charities as we did not have the funds this year to distribute;
  • Got our email blasts reviewed and out in a timely fashion; as well as now handling the luncheon reservations;
  • Managed a review of potential scholarship students;
  • Put forth the new slate of officers for 2021-22;
  • Prepared for the 50/50 for our upcoming luncheon;
  • Wrote Thank You notes out to all of you who donated to the Scholarship Fund.
  • Kept in telephone contact with those members who do not have email; and
  • Mailed out a few Directories to those who did not return to Florida during this shutdown.

In conclusion, this operation is not a One-Woman Operation, but took a host of VOLUNTEERS, who took time from their own personal lives to continue with the mission of PAWC. We hope that this year, as we experienced, will never occur again. What it did show is that we can rise above it in spite of the COVID challenges and the disconnected experiences we all had during 2020-21. I personally thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President this year. I look forward to new and challenging goals for our club and getting to know each and every one of you during the upcoming activities for the Palm Aire Women’s Club and to continue to work with the new board.


Carolann Garafola, Pres. PAWC

luncheon may 14

Club Mailing Address
PO Box 21051
Bradenton, FL 34204