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WIN hands out $9,500 in grants

The Women Inspired Network handed out awards to the year's grant recipients during their Celebration of Giving.

The group met earlier in the month to present $9,500 worth of grants to recipients.

The Freedom House of Princeton received the highest award of the evening with $6,500 to further fund their Youth Empowerment Program. This program offers a series of five week-long summer camps for preteen boys and girls aged 9-12 that helps them improve self-esteem, promotes a positive body image and teaches them how to deal with peer pressure and prevent bullying.

ADV SAS received $2,500 to help fund their initiative to increase domestic violence awareness with brochures and other forms of advertising. They will use some of the grant money to furnish and prepare an office in the area while previously residents were meeting in local libraries and schools.

The Starved Rock Regional Center of Ottawa received $500 to advance their Illinois Valley Autism Resource Center, which provides resources such as books and kits for families with autistic children.

All recipients were voted on by members of WIN over the course of a few weeks.

WIN will offer more grant rewards next year to the organizations in Starved Rock Country that members wish to help.

The evening also offered attendees the chance to hear Annette Schnabel, CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital, speak and present awards.

To learn more about WIN and how to become involved, visit

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