GFFN Philanthropy

The 2019-20 year started off strong with our reliable support from GFFN members at the Kickoff Luncheon in mid-September.  Half of the $690 raised from our 50/50 raffle went to our winner, Judy Smith, and the other half went to the GFFN Scholarship Fund.

From mid-September to mid-December, we held our annual White House ornament sale and sold out in record time!  Thank you to our storefronts for selling them:  Great Dogs, Burke Jewelers, Studio Hair, and Toka Salon.  Their continued support and that of our members and community is so appreciated.  Just over $3800 was raised and will be evenly split between the Artemis House and the Women's Center.

We held our 2nd Annual Holiday Tea at Katie's Coffee in early Dec and it was another successful event, largely due to the staff at Katie's and their waiving of $4/ticket, and to the generous donation of the two beautiful centerpieces that Heather of Bespoke Floral Art created at the event.  Just over $1180 was raised and will be evenly split between the Artemis House and the Women's Center.

Next up is our Cooking Demo w/Chef Jacques at L'Auberge Chez Francois in mid-January.  Tickets are $95 each, and thanks to Chef Jacques' generous waiving of all fees, $30 from each ticket will go to the GFFN Scholarship Fund.

The remaining Philanthropy events are as follows:

01 Mar - Champs & Canapes event to benefit FORB

15 Apr - Bluebells & Eagles walk to benefit FORB

15 May - End of Year Luncheon raffle to benefit FORB

Please reach out to the VP of Philanthropy, June Kelly, at with your ideas and suggestions.

The Scholarship Fund Board

A completely separate Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Fund Board was established in 1983 out of a desire to provide financial aid for women pursuing degrees in higher education.  The GFFN Scholarship Fund is a separate, 501(c)(3) organization (Great Falls Friends and Neighbors is a 501(c)(7) organization) that is run by a seven-member Scholarship Fund Board of Directors approved by the GFFN club's board. The Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to deserving women over the age of 25 who are residents of Northern Virginia and attend George Mason University or Northern Virginia Community College.  

In 2016 The GFFN Scholarship Fund Board established $25,000 endowments at both George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. These endowments ensure perpetuity of donated monies and reflect a strong desire to invest in women, children, and the community at large.  To further supplement the 4% yield paid by the endowments each year, fundraising activities are developed and sponsored by this GFFN Scholarship Fund Board.  These activities are determined by scholarship needs as well as the interest of GFFN club members and the public in supporting specific Scholarship Fund fundraisers. 

The GFFN Scholarship Fund Board is proud to give back to the community by making a difference for other women, and touched by the testimonies we hear from the women the fund has sponsored.   Donations are always welcome.  Please visit the GFFN Scholarship Fund website at to learn more about its mission or volunteer. 

Contact the Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Fund Board at:

P.O Box 611

Great Falls, VA 22066

Or email us at:


Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund

On Friday, September 13, GFFN began another year at their annual “kick-off” luncheon held at Riverbend Country Club.  It was a wonderful showcase for the GFFN Scholarship Fund and its recent recipients.  Mary Lou Christy, the new Scholarship President, expressed gratitude toward Missy and Erin, and their respective boards, for fostering a terrific spirit of cooperation and support of our scholarship efforts. 

Mary Lou welcomed the 2019-2020 Scholarship Fund board:  Christie Lavin, Candace Bovee, Lissa Carter, Adrienne West, and Kathryn Tucker Rutkowski. 

Approximately 60 ladies attended the luncheon as well as reporters from The Great Falls Connection and The Sun Gazette.  Please read their articles on the event!  A 50/50 raffle was held by the Philanthropy group resulting in sales of $696 of which theygraciously donated 50% to the GFFN Scholarship Fund.  A great way to start out our year!

This year, the Fund awarded 12 scholarships (up from 7 in previous years) totaling $17,500.  “We could not have increased the number of scholarships without the commitment and support of GFFN,” Mary Lou reiterated.  GFFN membership strongly supported our Spring Tea fundraiser, held in April 2019, from which we raised over $9,000 for scholarships.  For a more detailed update on the Scholarship Fund click here

For bios of the Scholarship Recipients click here 

The articles were written about the event.  Click below to read them.

Great Falls Connection September 18-24, 2019 page 10

Sun Gazette  September 19-25, 2019 page 1 and Page 10

Great Falls Friends & Neighbors (GFFN)
P.O. Box 483
Great Falls, VA  22066


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