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ZONTA CLUB NEWS: Zonta supports local projects that empower girls

March 15, 2019
By MIRIAM HADDEN - Zonta Club of the Adirondacks , Lake Placid News

This winter, Zonta Club of the Adirondacks made significant donations from its fundraising to support other local organizations with the mission of empowering girls to be their best selves.

The club donated $500 to Shine On!, an organization of SUNY Plattsburgh women dedicated to raising resilient, confident girls by teaching media and marketing literacy, communication skills and character strengths. The organization provides an overnight workshop each year for 200 girls in the third through fifth grade to help build the girls' confidence and combat negative stereotypes that contribute to gender inequality. The organization also offers workshops for parents to help them raise strong, resilient girls. For more information about the organization, visit

Zonta also donated $800 to Lifted Out of Poverty, Inc (LOOP), a relatively new not-for-profit organization located in Massena that provides mentoring services to high school-age girls, with a focus on promoting academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character. Information about LOOP and its projects, can be found on its Facebook page.

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Items donated at the Mardi Bra event on Feb. 26.
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On Feb. 26, Zonta Club of the ADKs hosted the 4th annual Mardi Bra fundraiser at Desperados restaurant in Lake Placid. The club collected 162 new women's undergarments, 87 boxes of feminine supplies and over $800 in donations at the fundraiser. In addition, attendee Wendy Beeman won the Mardi Bra door prize, a hand-crafted wood sign donated by Cole Hull Woodworking of Jay.

"The Mardi Bra fundraiser has been great for raising awareness that necessary feminine hygiene products are not readily available to many women and girls. This is something that many of us often take for granted." said Zonta board member Nicole Bureau.

The undergarments and feminine supplies were collected by the club for distribution to local non-profits including: Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. (ACAP) and their food pantry, Women Infants and Children (WIC), STOP Domestic Violence (Stop DV), the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry, the Wilmington/Jay Food Pantry, and the Grace Pantry in Saranac Lake.

"We were thrilled with this year's turnout to support Zonta Club of the ADKs in its effort to give to local women in crisis." Club President, Amy Quinn, said. "Lots of attendees said that they had heard about the event in years past and were so happy they could finally make it. It has been a real joy to watch Zonta events build in popularity. Club members work hard to put on fun events throughout the year that we hope will become part of the Lake Placid/ADK culture and tradition of giving back." Quinn said.

Zonta Club of the Adirondacks is a charitable organization with the mission of advancing gender equality. The club encourages prospective club members to attend a club meeting, which are typically held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid.

To learn more about the club, visit or the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks Facebook page.



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