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 $164,000 in grants to the community as of 2014. 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 April 15, 2014.

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  
  • Simin Banister*
  • Don and Earlene Barnes*  
  • Laurie Bustamante, in memory of Laura Sullivan Anello*  
  • Mary Bynum*  
  • Mary Christenson*  
  • Joan Dezember*  
  • Jennifer Boylan Drake, in honor of Emily Serrano  
  • Bonnie J. Fitzgerald*  
  • Barbara Grimm-Marshall*  
  • Grimmway Enterprises  
  • Virginia Hamisch  
  • Cindy Jones*
  • Wayne and Ginny Kirschenman*  
  • Lightspeed Systems  
  • Mary Mazzei*  
  • Judi Tuttle McCarthy*  
  • Louise McCarthy, in memory of Jan Tuttle*
  • Marjorie Nixon*  
  • Cassie Schamblin*  
  • In Memory of Nadene Steinert*
  • World of Women Giving Circle*

Women's and Girls' Fund Founders

  • Doreen Abrams 
  • 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 
  • 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 honor of Tory L. Brandt* 
  • Linda Brenner 
  • Beverly Burke, in honor of Mikie Hay 
  • Dr. Javier Bustamante, in honor of Gaby Ibarra Bustamante 
  • 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 
  • 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*
  • Dayna Leggio, in honor of Gianna Grace Leggio* 
  • 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 
  • 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 & 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, in memory of Lela Brodersen* 
  • 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 of Marjorie Rump 
  • In memory of Doris Salter 
  • Teresa Shambaugh*
  • Mary K. Shell 
  • Evalee Simmons 
  • Bob and Barbara Smith 
  • Pat Smith 
  • South Fork Women’s Club* 
  • 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, in honor of all Girl Scouts 
  • Jeanne Young
  • Betty Lee Younger
  • Kathleen Zaninovich

Women's and Girls' Fund Advocates  

  • Vicki Bielli  
  • CSUB Women Leaders 2012  
  • Daughters of Persia  
  • Angelo Haddad  
  • Della Hodson  
  • Susan Hopkins, in memory of Linda Parsons  
  • Ice House Framing & Gallery*  
  • Tara Jamieson
  • Erica Leggio   
  • Patricia Loyd, in memory of Byron and Eleanor Loyd   
  • Cathy Lucas   
  • Fiona Lytle  
  • Don Martin/Metro Galleries   
  • Cynthia Meek* 
  • Donald & Cathy Palla 
  • Lara Riccomini 
  • Robin Mangarin Scott
  • Tuesdy Small*  
  • Sasha Windes
  • Women’s Council of Realtors*