Friends for Bates
History of Annual Friends Luncheon
Friends for Bates Event Chairs and Committee
History of Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund
In 2019, with support from our Board of Directors, the Friends Steering Committee, and the Benefactors for Bates Committee, YWCA Princeton hosted a new event: Friends for Bates, which combined the Annual Friends Luncheon and the Benefactors for Bates event, to raise funds for the Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund.
History of the Annual Friends Luncheon
The Annual Friends Luncheon was held annually for a core group of supporters, the Friends, of YWCA Princeton. The Friends provide unrestricted support to YWCA Princeton’s Annual Fund beginning at the $200 level.
The Friends Steering Committee helped to plan the Annual Friends Luncheon, which was traditionally held at Springdale Golf Club.
Jane Dennison serves as the Honorary Chair of the Friends Steering Committee.
If you would like to become a Friend, please consider a gift to our Annual Fund.
Event Committee Chairs
History of Pearl Bates Scholarship FUnd
Pearl Nelson Bates was a dedicated community leader, enthusiastic volunteer and a former Board Member of YWCA Princeton. When she died in 1963, her colleagues at Education Testing Service (ETS) honored her memory with a gift to the YWCA, which was to be used for help families access the youth programs. Sherman Bates, Pearl’s husband, recalled that, although she had no children of her own, “Pearl considered everybody to be her child.” That gift was the impetus for the Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund, formally launched in 1965, and today provides financial assistance to families in need.
Each year, YWCA Princeton has held an event to raise funds for Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund. In the past, Crafter’s Marketplace and Benefactors for Bates were held. Today, Friends for Bates continues the legacy of raising funds for Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund in honor of Pearl Bates.