West Shore Aware, a philanthropic organization of gay men, women and their supporters living in the Saugatuck/Douglas communities, held its 13th annual awards presentation luncheon on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Lucy’s Little Kitchen in Saugatuck. Due to the success of this year’s fundraising efforts, including the 13th annual White Party held last month, West Shore Aware was able to donate $49,000 to six local 501c3 organizations. At the awards luncheon, representatives from the six charities were presented with checks. The six organizations are: Aware Scholarship Fund; Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck; the Out Center; Sylvia’s Place; Wishbone Pet Rescue; and Wings Home. The six groups were selected from 15 charitable organizations who applied for funding this year.  After its membership voted, the Aware Board of Directors confirmed and announced the top six winners in June. The Aware Board extend their deep appreciation to all who contributed to their fundraising efforts this year.

aware lucy 1 (Above) West Shore Aware Board of Directors with representatives from the 6 local 501c3 charities who received funding this year. (Below) West Shore Aware Board President, Jim Renberg, presents organizations with their checks.

aware lucy 2 Chris Seidel and Holly Davis from the Aware Scholarship Board


aware lucy 3 Doug Walvoord and Judy Oberholzer from Chamber Music Festival


aware lucy 4 Todd Dockerty and Mary Jo Schnell from the Out Center


aware lucy 7 Betty Jo Ferry and Theresa Lynn from Wings Home.


aware lucy 5 Gerrie Baarson and Susan Smith from Wishbone Pet Rescue


aware lucy 6 Charlie Moureau and Heather Forrest from Sylvia’s Place