The 2018 Ladies of the Lake Luncheon was held on June 18th at the Lake George Club in Diamond Point. Over 160 people attended this event, which is Wiawaka’s major fundraiser. Due to the generous donations to our silent auction and the attendance of so many Wiawaka raised just over $16,000. The proceeds from the luncheon support the mission and preservation of Wiawaka. Thank you to all who attended, donated, volunteered and supported us.
One of the highlights of the luncheon is the presentation of two awards, The Mary Fuller Women Helping Women Award and the Spirit of Wiawaka Award.
In keeping with the vision of Mary Fuller, Wiawaka Center for Women, annually recognizes a person or an organization that exemplifies direct service to and impact on local women with the Mary Fuller Women Helping Women Award. The 2018 recipient Soroptimist of the Adirondacks “Service Committee” personifies Mary Fuller’s vision of women helping women. Seven years ago members of the “Service Committee” rejuvenated and took over the operation of Victory’s Closet for the Domestic Violence Project of Catholic Charities in Glens Falls. The eight member “Service Committee” team continues to raise funds and maintain Victory’s Closet which provides domestic violence survivors free clothing, household goods and other personal care items. They also offer encouragement to women accessing needed items for the journey of starting over. In addition to their work with Victory’s Closet the “Service Committee” works to annually contribute to the CR Wood Cancer Center Lymphedema Project which provides lymphedema sleeves for women with breast cancer who cannot afford them.
The second award, the Spirit of Wiawaka Award, is given to an individual who not only understands the mission of Wiawaka but shows dedication to support the organization through their service. In commemoration of Joe Wylie’s twenty years of service as Wiawaka’s Caretaker, he was presented with this award. His daughters, Amanda and Courtney, were present at the luncheon and Amanda shared a heartfelt speech about her Dad’s work at Wiawaka. Joe has gone above and beyond as Caretaker and not only cares for the property and buildings but each guest as well. He is always quick to greet them with a warm smile and kind greeting. He volunteers to offer campfire activities and Saturday cook outs. Joe loves Wiawaka and all that it encompasses and it shows through his daily service.