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Womens Council of San Diego County

Womens Council of San Diego County
Founded in 2001, the Women's Council of San Diego County is a group of committed female professionals dedicated to raising money and awareness for the groundbreaking research, treatment and education programs at City of Hope.
That City of Hope has been able to pursue a philosophy of patient-centered care with such success and without compromise is due to the generosity of philanthropic individuals like the members of the Women's Council, people who share our vision of improving care for patients with cancer and other serious diseases, and ultimately eradicating these diseases altogether.

Council Members

Nicolle Branning
Sarena Cowles
Kristi Dugan
Debra Dveris
Saleah Hewitt
Ginger Hill

Nina Hegyi
Michelle Lopez
Lori O’Keefe
Robin Orlansky

Sue Regis

Membership Requirements

Members are required to attend a minimum of half (6 out of 12) of the meetings throughout the course of the year. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month. By attending meetings, the council member can provide guidance, opinions and resources to assist in achieving the financial goals and the success of the chosen prestigious events worthy of City of Hope.
Attend the Wine and Food Festival with Silent Auction presented by the Women’s Council during Spring/Summer months. Council members are required to purchase a ticket in the event that volunteer hours and attendance standards have not been met.
Attendance Exceptions
In the event that a councilwoman is unable to attend the required number of meetings but would still like to be a member, City of Hope and the Women’s Council ask that all other requirements are met or exceeded and/or 15 hours of volunteer services are met throughout the year.
Provide Solicitation List
It is the goal and objective of the Women’s Council to notify the community and business community of the phenomenal research being done at City of Hope while raising funds to continue this research. Each member is required to present City of Hope with a contact list (professional and/or personal) to be used for recruiting attendance to Women’s Council affiliated events only. In all other instances City of Hope will ask permission before using a member’s solicitation list.
Members follow up with personal letters and telephone calls to ensure positive responses and secure commitments. If contacts are unable to attend an event, members seek straight donations, cause related marketing opportunities and donations to the auction.
Meet the Financial Commitment Set Forth
Secure a minimum of 10 individuals ($550) to attend the Women’s Council’s main fundraising event, the Summer Wine and Food Festival with Silent Auction. This can include the member’s place of business and/or personal contacts, family and friends.
Each member is asked to set a personal fundraising goal of $1,000 through the various fundraising formats: sponsorship, event attendance, cause related marketing, auction items sold and other donations. It is the goal and responsibility of the Women's Council to raise over $45,000 for City of Hope each year.
Cause Related Marketing
Identify possible cause related marketing partners (minimum of one per year) as an avenue of fundraising for the current year’s campaign and wine festival event. If at all possible the member should set and attend meetings with City of Hope and CRM prospects.
Secure In-Kind Contributions
Assist in identifying and calling on business affiliates to secure not only auction donations, but donations for event logistics, including but not limited to venue, entertainment, tables, chairs, centerpieces, giveaways and event advertisement.
Recognize and Support Mission
It is the mission of the Women’s Council of San Diego County to seek financial support for the medical research and patient care programs at City of Hope and to facilitate public awareness of City of Hope within a broad range of individuals and organizations, to ultimately care for and cure people with serious illnesses.
To inquire about becoming a member of the San Diego Women's Council, please contact Robyn Hima.
About City of Hope
Ranked as one of  "America’s Best Hospitals"  in cancer by U.S.News & World Report, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of hematopoietic cell transplantation and genetics. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation.
Upcoming Events
No events scheduled at this time.
Become a Member
The Women's Council holds exciting fundraising and networking events throughout the year, and is always looking to add committed women to its membership. For more information on how you can become a member of this dynamic group, click here.
Contact Us
For general inquiries,or for more information on becoming a vendor or sponsor, please contact:
Amanda Nixon
Assistant Director of Philanthropy