Benefactors for Bates

Benefactor for Bates celebrates the legacy of Pearl Nelson Bates and raises funds for the scholarship program created in her honor. The inaugural annual cocktail party in 2017 featured the creative story telling of Tatianna Sims (video at left) as she paid homage to Ms Bates.

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 millions 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.

Special thanks to ETS and PNC Wealth Management for making our inaugural event possible. Benefactors for Bates will return in 2018. Stay tuned for details.