Tampa Bay, Florida – WID GTB Chapter raised nearly $3,000 at its Inaugural Fundraiser Event, “Boots, Brews and BBQ” on October 27, 2016. The event, held at 81 Bay Brewing Company, and catered by Mission BBQ, was attended by more than 80 local defense industry professionals and active duty military.
“We are thrilled with the outcome of our first scholarship fundraising event and wish to thank the local Tampa Bay defense community for their support,” stated Sally Woodward, WID GTB’s Scholarship Director, and a partner with Shutts & Bowen LLP. “With the proceeds from this event, WID GTB will fund scholarships for local young women desiring to pursue a degree in a STEM field.”
Proceeds were raised through three (3) silent auction items, which included a mini-vacation and a self-indulgence package. There were also five (5) raffle drawings and cash donations. Mission BBQ donated all food for the event, Shutts provided the entertainment, and 81 Bay contributed a Growler, refillable by the recipient from current 81 Bay brews.
The Chapter is planning to host a similar event next year. “One of the primary goals of our chapter is to encourage the pursuit of careers in support of STEM, national defense and national security,” explains Janel Brown, WID GTB’s President. “This event provides a great way for our Chapter and the community to ensure we meet our mission.”
Women In Defense (WID), A National Security Organization is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association which was established as a non-profit organization in 1985. WID’s mission is to cultivate and support the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security and provide women with a formal environment for professional growth through networking, education, and career development. The Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of Women In Defense (WID GTB), chartered on April 29, 2013, has already attracted more than 175 members and the attention of many businesses in the region. Our monthly informational and networking events have been tremendously successful and great opportunities for networking and professional development.