Our Founders and Advocates

Founders and Advocates of the Women's and Girls' Fund have a special impact on the lives of women and girls in Kern County. Their gifts of cash and securities have rapidly built our endowment to provide $134,000 in grants to the community as of 2013. Now our Founders and Advocates are Building To A Million by 2015, when our endowment will support up to $50,000 in grants each year.

Founders and Advocates are invited to assist with each year's grantmaking process. Contact us to learn more about becoming an Advocate, or to request a copy of our brochure.

The following list was updated October 1, 2013.

Diamonds

Donors with cumulative giving of $10,000 or more.

Women's and Girls' Fund Circle

*Signifies Donors and Advocates who make additional $1,000 gifts during one year.

Founders

Founders made cumulative gifts of $1,000-$9,999 during 2005-2010.
Their new gifts of $1,000 or more to the
Building to a Million campaign will be designated by bold print.

Advocates

Since 2010, Advocates are donors of $1,000 or more. Their new gifts
of $1,000 or more to the Building to a Million campaign will be designated by bold print.
 

Women's and Girls' Fund Diamonds

  • American General Media/KGFM-FM and Rachel's Girls 
  • The Bakersfield Californian
  • Don Barnes, in memory of Audrey Barnes*
  • Mary Bynum*
  • Mary Christenson*
  • Joan Dezember*
  • Jennifer Boylan Drake*
  • Barbara Grimm-Marshall*
  • Grimmway Enterprises
  • Virginia Hamisch
  • Cindy Jones*
  • Wayne and Ginny Kirschenman*
  • Dayna Leggio, in honor of Gianna Grace Leggio*
  • Lightspeed Systems
  • Judi Tuttle McCarthy*
  • Louise McCarthy, in memory of Jan Tuttle*
  • Nadene Steinert*
  • World of Women Giving Circle*
  • Cassie Wright*

Women's and Girls' Fund Founders

  • Carol S. Adamson
  • John C. Alexander D.D.S., in honor of my daughters
  • Corina Godfrey Anderson
  • Kari Anderson
  • Leigh Ann Anderson
  • Lisa Andrew
  • Maureen Andrew, in memory of Ann Abrams
  • Anonymous Donors (3)
  • In memory of Pam Armstrong
  • Jeanne C. Austin
  • Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • The BFF’s Giving Circle
  • Simin Banister*
  • Louis and Sheryl Barbich Foundation*
  • Mary Barlow
  • Kristen Barnes
  • Taylor Barnes
  • Bella at the Marketplace
  • Bettina M. Belter
  • Ann Beman
  • Sue Benham
  • Catherine E. Bennett*
  • Deborah H. Besenfelder
  • Lynda Boleschka in honor of Heather Boleschka
  • Donice Boylan*
  • Charlotte Brandt, in memory of Lucia Marvin
  • Linda Brenner
  • Beverly Burke, in honor of Mikie Hay
  • Dr. Javier Bustamante, in honor of Gaby Ibarra Bustamante
  • Laurie Bustamante, in memory of Laura Sullivan Anello*
  • Natalie Bustamante
  • Beverly Byl
  • Jackie Bynum
  • Margaret Bynum
  • Marley Bynum-Sherry
  • Megan Bynum
  • Dwight and Nada Byrum, in memory of Maire Victor and Maire Byrum
  • CSUB Women Leaders
  • Jana Campbell
  • Pat Durando Campbell
  • Phyllis Fielding Campbell
  • Judith C. Caratan*
  • Shelli Carlovsky
  • Nancy Carr
  • Suzanne Carver
  • Castle & Cooke
  • Sylvia Thomson Cattani*
  • Jennice Boylan Cerrina*
  • Donna Chaffee
  • Chapter JT, PEO Sisterhood
  • Judith Chase, in memory of Margaret Chase Goode *
  • Dona Penoli Chertok
  • Meg Clay
  • Kathleen Pascoe Clerou
  • Ira and Carole Cohen
  • Terri Collins*
  • Joan W. Cox
  • Holly Culhane, in honor of Betty Webb
  • Noel Daniells, in memory of Rose Daniells
  • Peggy Cole Darling*
  • Margaret DeArmond
  • Davida Muscio Delis
  • Mary Button Demos
  • Peggy Dewane-Pope
  • Anna Dezember
  • Gordon and Joyce Downs
  • Jan Drew
  • Lynelle Echeverria
  • Katharine Edmonson
  • Maureen Farrell, Doncaster Clothing  
  • Vicki Farrell*
  • Ann Fisher
  • Bonnie J. Fitzgerald*
  • Teresa Ford, in honor of Brittney and Tristin McGlassen
  • Melissa Fortune in memory of Doris Paggi Fortune*
  • Jenna Foster
  • Tom and Judy Franconi
  • Dr. Tom and Donna Frank
  • Edith Frick
  • Judy and Charles Fritch*
  • Sheila Fry
  • GFWC California Federation of Women’s Clubs
  • Corrinne Garrison
  • Catherine Gay
  • Pamela Presley Giumarra
  • Keri and John Gless
  • Pam Godfrey
  • Christine Goedhart-Humphrey
  • Gold Crest Construction
  • Tom and Diana Gordon
  • Angene Grigg
  • Fran Gunner
  • Becky, Jessica and Alexandra Hall
  • Harvey and Lavonne Hall*
  • Susan B. Hamilton*
  • Ann Hansen
  • Marianne Harmer, in honor of Bianca Ann Harmer
  • Bill and Carol Hatcher
  • Jane Haupt
  • Mikie Hay in honor of Bebe Burke
  • Arlene and Joel Heinrichs
  • Domonique Hensler
  • Susan Hersberger, in honor of Kate Hersberger Greenberg
  • Deborah Hess
  • Jane Hildebrand
  • Napier Hill, in honor of Marjorie Lindsey
  • Dolores and Bob Hoffman
  • Cheryl Holsonbake in honor of Bill & Donna Eslick
  • Judy Hyatt
  • Cynthia Icardo
  • Cliff and Gail Johnson, in memory of Johnnie Sisson
  • Diane Johnson
  • George and Karen Johnson, in memory of Lorraine Olson Johnson
  • Ken and Teri Jones*
  • Trisha S. Jones
  • Joyce Junger
  • Kern County Fire Fighters, Local 1301
  • Kern Medical Society Alliance
  • Susan Killingsworth
  • Dave and Danielle Kilpatrick, in memory of Betty Lou Kilpatrick*
  • Lisa King
  • Dianne Klein
  • Hilda Klein, in memory of Evelyn Reyneveld*
  • Ruth Klein
  • Lyndia Krausgrill
  • Jeanine Lambert, Doncaster Clothing
  • Dawn Land-Walker, in memory of Evelyn Land
  • Sherry Lanza
  • Susan K. Laverty
  • Tish Layous
  • Holly Lazzerini*
  • Ione Lollar*
  • Lesa Mackessy
  • Mary Madland/Madland Toyota
  • Rhonda Magness
  • Judith Malerich
  • Lori Mariani
  • Tanya Mariani
  • Lynzi Massey
  • Paije Massey
  • Sandi Maul
  • Livio and Ronda Mazzei
  • Mary Mazzei*
  • Katie McCarthy
  • Kay Meek*
  • Diana Mestmaker
  • In memory of Barbara Meyer
  • JoAnn Meyer
  • Suzanne Meyer, in honor of Amanda and Sarah Meyer
  • Tom and Mary Middleton
  • Martha Miller
  • Bitsy Ming, in honor of Priscella Moore
  • Kim Mishkind
  • Ginger Moorhouse, in honor of Tracey and Ginny Cowenhoven
  • In memory of Leola Morgan
  • Mountain Mommas
  • Mountain Mommas 2
  • Mountain Mommas & Poppas
  • Beth and Joe Nahama*
  • Dayna F. Nichols
  • In honor of Carroll Favero and in memory of Robert Favero
  • In honor of Stephanie, Heidi, Nikki and Stacie Nichols
  • Karen Northcutt
  • Nancy Oehler*
  • Allison Brandt Oliver
  • Diana Pascoe Othart
  • Pamela Ott
  • Haley Jones Ottaway
  • Stella Ottaway
  • Cheryl Palla*
  • Sally Panero*
  • Mona Pankey
  • Paramount Farming Co.
  • Jeanette Richardson Parks, in honor of Betty Padgett
  • Laura Pascoe
  • Barbara Patrick*
  • Lois Pence
  • Cathy Perfect and Amber Siratt
  • Cindy Pinson
  • Kay Pitts*
  • Linda Pounds
  • Heli Powell, in memory of Meta Lipp
  • Darlene Rhoades
  • Jessica, Katie and Mary Richardson
  • Randy and Mary Richardson*
  • Beth Rienzi and Judith Pratt
  • Danette Rinehart
  • Jeanette Rogers-Erickson
  • Monique Rogers-Poulton
  • Joy Rose, in honor of daughters Lisa Hafey and Leah Rose
  • Rotary Club of Bakersfield
  • “T” Royer-Cartwright, in honor of Mildred Stauffer-Thomas
  • In memory ofMarjorie Rump
  • In memory of Doris Salter
  • Teri Shambaugh*
  • Mary K. Shell
  • Evalee Simmons*
  • Bob and Barbara Smith
  • Pat Smith
  • South Fork Women’s Club I
  • South Fork Women’s Club II
  • South Fork Women’s Club III*
  • Southern California Edison, Kern County, Tehachapi, and Antelope Valley
  • Dr. Holly Spohn-Gross
  • Jennifer and Steve Starbuck, in honor of Betty Jones
  • Mike and Cathi Stier
  • Betty and Bob Stine*
  • Nancy J. Stoller
  • Linda Sullenger
  • Gene Tackett, in honor of Katie and Amy Tackett
  • Joan Thomas
  • Mindy Thomas
  • Elaine Thomson
  • Mary Lou Thomson
  • Pamela Tivnon
  • Today Cleaners
  • Alissa Turnipseed, in memory of Anna Turnipseed*
  • Amy Turnipseed, in memory of Rose Antongiovanni
  • Nancy Turnipseed*
  • In memory of Arlene Tweedy
  • Phillis Van Boening
  • W.I.N.G.S.
  • Engrid Wang
  • Supervisor Ray Watson
  • Lonie Wattenbarger
  • In memory of Wendy Wayne
  • Dolores Whitley, in memory of Dale Moulin
  • Dr. John and Debbie Wilson
  • Laura Lollar Wolfe*
  • Cheryl Woody
  • Linda Wright
  • Jeanne Young
  • Betty Lee Younger
  • Kathleen Zaninovich

Women's and Girls' Fund Advocates

  • CSUB Women Leaders 2012
  • Daughters of Persia
  • Angelo Haddad
  • Susan Hopkins
  • Ice House Framing & Gallery
  • Tara Jamieson
  • Erica Leggio 
  • Patricia Loyd, in memory of Byron and Eleanor Loyd 
  • Cathy Lucas 
  • Don Martin/Metro Galleries 
  • Cynthia Meek* 
  • Marjorie Nixon 
  • Donald & Cathy Palla 
  • Lara Riccomini 
  • Tuesdy Small 
  • Sasha Windes

We Honor 

  • Alice Rankin Beard
  • Bob Stine
  • Tejon Ranch Company

    for generously supporting the mission of the Women's and Girls' Fund