Benefactors For Bates 2018

Thank you to all who participated in our 2018 Benefactors for Bates Champagne Brunch, which was held on Saturday December 15th at the Chauncey Center in Princeton. Over 65 were in attendance at the event, which raised crucial funds for our Bates Scholarship Fund. The Fund helps individuals to access our programs regardless of income or ability to pay. We are grateful many could join us after the event was rescheduled from November due to a snowstorm. Special thanks to our committee and to PNC Wealth Management, our Presenting Sponsor. This event is one of the major sources of fundraising for the scholarship program, celebrating and strengthening the Bates legacy.

Presenting Sponsor



Pearl Nelson Bates was a dedicated community leader, enthusiastic YWCA volunteer and a former Board Member. When she died in 1963 before the age of 40, her colleagues at Education Testing Service (ETS) honored her memory with a gift to the YWCA, which was to be used for youth programs. Sherman Bates, Pearl’s husband, recalled that, although she had no children of her own, “Pearl considered everybody to be her child.”

By 1965, the fund continued to grow, thanks to group and individual contributions and was formally designated the Bates Scholarship Fund. Now in its fifty-third year, this fund has enabled thousands of families with financial need to take advantage of YWCA Princeton classes offered though the ESL program, After School Program, Child Development Center, Breast Cancer Resource Center, and more.


Event Committee

Geniva Martin, Co-Chair
Barbara Purnell, Co-Chair
Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman
Kathleen Nash
Nancy Henkel
Suzanne McCroskey
Marge Smith
Barbara Straut
Margee Harper
Sallye Zink
Doodie Meyer
Amy Rabner
Gail Clough