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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 8, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 2
Johns Hopkins WINGS Takes Off

Beth Rosenwald, chair of the philanthropic WINGS program of central Maryland, speaks to Johns Hopkins members at their first annual luncheon.

On Aug. 21, a small group of Johns Hopkins women gathered in the Evergreen Carriage House around tables decorated with Beanie Babies and children's castles for the inaugural annual luncheon for WINGS, a society of women philanthropists who lend their energy, expertise and generosity to improve the lives of women and children in the region.

Established last year through United Way of Central Maryland, WINGS--which stands for Women's Initiative Next Generations--provides avenues for women of various ages and financial abilities to become involved in their community as "philanthropists," even if they cannot give large amounts of money. WINGS offers opportunities to tour, volunteer or serve on the boards of directors of central Maryland social service agencies oriented toward the welfare of children and women. Through the Lend a Heart project, WINGS members also "adopt" a local agency.

To encourage involvement by women of various financial abilities, WINGS membership can be attained two ways: by giving a leadership level gift of $1,000 or more to United Way of Central Maryland, or by donating a gift of any size beyond her normal United Way contribution to the Lend a Heart project.

Beth Rosenwald, chair of the WINGS program of central Maryland and a Legg Mason financial adviser, spoke at the luncheon about the significant impact women make by being directly involved in community programs such as day care centers and women's shelters. As a financial adviser to her own children as well as to her many clients, Rosenwald described how she taught each child to set aside a portion of his or her weekly allowance to give to children in need.

Those attending the luncheon brought donations of books and toys for St. Jerome's Head Start, a United Way agency that this year had to eliminate its toddler program because of funding cuts.
--Caterina Provost-Smith

For more information about WINGS, go to or contact Lesley Giles at or 410-516-0373.


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