The Women's Philanthropy Society

Do you have a female friend or colleague who spends time and energy on behalf of others, making our community a better place? She may be eligible for an award from the Women’s Philanthropy Society (WPS) of Cabell Huntington Hospital. Each year, two special awards are presented at the WPS luncheon, an event that honors Tri-State women who exemplify the heart, strength and compassion of all women. Nominations are accepted for these awards through February 15 of each year:

  • The Focus Award honors a pioneering spirit and achievements in volunteerism, women's health, community service, professional life and/or home and family.
  • The Kitty Hage Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual whose life’s work has been dedicated to humanitarian efforts-- someone who has not sought recognition for her deeds, but has worked solely to better her community and the quality of life for others

To nominate someone for one of these awards, please complete the award nomination form and return it by February 15 to the CHH Foundation at 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard, Huntington, WV 25701. Recipients will be notified and awards will be presented at the Women’s Philanthropy Society’s luncheon.

Join the WPS & attend the luncheon

The goal of the Women's Philanthropy Society is twofold:

  • to honor outstanding women of the Tri-State and
  • to encourage women’s philanthropy,

and the premise is simple and powerful. Individually, our donations may not create change, but combining our individual donations with the donations of others creates a larger gift, allowing each of us to be a philanthropist and make a positive impact in our community.

Proceeds from the annual WPS luncheon support women’s and children’s causes at Cabell Huntington Hospital, and each year, WPS members vote to determine which cause to support. For example, in 2014, members of the Women’s Philanthropy Society voted to donate nearly $30,000 to help send local children to Camp Dream Street, which offers camping experiences to children affected with chronic or life-threatening illness.

Here's how to join

Members of the Women's Philanthropy Society include women from all walks of life. If you are interested in supporting and celebrating the caring spirit of women, please join us! Your annual gift of $100 covers both your invitation to the luncheon AND your membership in the Women's Philanthropy Society.

Just complete the WPS Pledge card and return it to the CHH Foundation at 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard, Huntington, WV 25701. Please remember that the luncheon is a popular event that often fills up quickly. Be sure to submit your pledge card as soon as possible to ensure your place at the table.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities for the luncheon

Major Sponsor VIP Seating for 10 - Corp. name on table $5,000
VIP Sponsor VIP Seating for 8 - Corp. name on table $2,500
Table Sponsor Seating for 8 - Corp. name on table $1,000
Vendor Sponsor Display table, seating for 2 $250
Individual Ticket General Seating $100


For more information about the awards process, the Women's Philanthropy Society or corporate sponsorhip opportunities, please email Velma Workman or call her at 304.526.6314.

Honor Roll of Women's Philanthropy Society Awards
YearFocus AwardKitty Hage Lifetime Achievement
2001 Christie Kinsey Kitty Hage
2002 Betsy Ratcliff Sister Regina Brunette
2003 Bunny Smith Joan Ross
2004 Terry Pener Hardin Nancy Price
2005 Oveta McMillan Ruth Sullivan
2006 Anne Farley Jody Smirl
2007 Lorretta Hagar Ruth Cline
2008 Mary Glen Rice Sue Brown
2009 Marilyn Murdock Dr. Gretchen Oley
2010 Gerri Walker Laura Darby
2011 Wendy Thomas Dr. Linda Savory
2012 Gretchen Dascoli Wray Teresa Sexton, RN, MSNeD
2013 Jane D'Egidio Dr. Sarah Denman
2014 Deborah Johnson Tourigny Denice "Cricket" Hudson
2015 Missy Browning Margaret Wilson

  • Last updated: 04/01/2015
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