Benefactors for Bates

About the event

Benefactor for Bates is an annual cocktail reception that raises crucial financial support for the Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund. Held every year in November, the event is one of the major sources of fundraising for the scholarship program.

Save The Date!

Thursday, November 15, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Stay tuned for more details.

Presenting Sponsor

Pearl was a dedicated community leader and enthusiastic YWCA volunteer. When she died unexpectedly in 1963 following surgery, ETS colleagues sent a donation in her memory to the YWCA to be used for children’s camp. Sherman Bates, Pearl’s husband, recalled that, although she had no children of her own, “Pearl considered everybody to be her child.” By 1965, following group and individual contributions, the YWCA Board of Directors formally designated the Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund. Now in its fifty-second year, the Pearl Bates Scholarship Fund has helped hundreds of families access all the programs and services offered at the YWCA and has awarded over two million dollars in scholarships. Friends of the YWCA are partnering with ETS to honor Pearl Bates’ legacy, highlighting the programs and services her Scholarship Fund gives access to for community families who would otherwise be unable to afford.

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