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BPW Auction held at Catawba Island Club

Countdown to Summer was the theme to this year’s annual Business and Professional Women’s scholarship fundraiser auction that was held Saturday, April 5, at the Catawba Island Club. A silent auction, a live auction and a raffle raised just under $5000. The money will go toward scholarships BPW provides to area women and area women’s organizations.

The speaker invited to the event was Michelle Ish, BPW scholarship recipient and human resource specialist at The HR Department. When she contacted Lori Madison from BPW, Ish already had a four year college degree, but she wanted to do something more. Ish wanted to get her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, and with the help of the BPW scholarship program she was able to do that. With the SPHR she was able to start The HR Department.

“I couldn’t have done it without the BPW scholarship,” said Ish. “I needed the continual commitment of education to reach my goals and they (the BPW) were able to help me achieve that.”

The money raised at the auction will be added to the money raised at the BPW Celebrity Server event that was held in the fall; $7000 was raised at that event. The money raised will go to 2014 fall scholarship recipients and 2015 spring/summer scholarship recipients. In addition to funding the scholarships, BPW also supports Ruth Ann’s House, Buckeye Girls State, Ohio Business Week, Leadership Ottawa County and BPW members.

For more information about the organization or if you wish to donate, contact Kimberly Leneghan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 216-346-9874.

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BPW adult scholarship grants available

Ottawa County women in need of funds to attend college or technical school for the summer 2014 semester are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Business and Professional Women. Applicants must be attending an Ohio College and have not received a grant from BPW in the past five years. 

Women interested in applying may pick up applications at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, The Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Oak Harbor Library, or the The Jobstore in Oak Harbor.

For additional information or to receive the application by e-mail, contact BPW Scholarship Chair, Leslie Benton, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline for application submission is April 7.

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BPW Celebrity Server Night raises money for scholarships

Celebrity servers Mike Lento and Roseann Hickman

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Port Clinton Area Business and Professional Women’s Celebrity Server night took place at 1812 Food & Spirits. Celebrity servers were challenged to see who could collect the most money from tips from friends and family siting in their sections. The money raised went to the BPW scholarship fund which helps women living in Ottawa County. 

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