Founded over 25 years ago, The Central Florida Women’s League is a group of 125+ women dedicated to Community, Charity and Culture combined.
We are proud of our members and our collective accomplishments to help those less fortunate in our community as well as assist aspiring young women in their pursuit of a higher education.
CFWL is entirely a volunteer organization. It is only through the tremendous effort and generosity of our league members, patron sponsors, benefactors and corporate sponsors that we have been able to raise and contribute over 2 million dollars to students and local charities. Our fundraising efforts encompass many different events, such as The Taste of Windermere, fall and spring signature events and smaller more intimate opportunities such as Dinners and More. Each year we encourage local individuals and corporations to become our partners in these efforts through sponsorships and our “Feed the Need”campaign. Service projects, where hands on assistance is provided to charities by league members, is avital part of our annual giving agenda.
Our members are inspired and humbled by the impact of their volunteer efforts. Please join us in MAKING A DIFFERENCE!Linda Sampieri CFWL President - 2014-2015 Click here to make a general donation
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"More Than Just Lunch"
The Service Committee's second project was held on 12/6 for "A Gift for Music". The director of the organization asked that we provide a luncheon in between two of their practices for their upcoming concert on 12/13. Seems like a pretty simple request, however as is the case many times when we serve others, unexpected blessings abound. As you know, the funds we have provided for this group help with enabling the skills of these young musicians. To steal an excerpt from their web site:
"A Gift For Music (AGFM) brings a different sound to the children and families of Central Florida’s most urban neighborhoods. That sound is of their own musical voice."
Music is a universal language, one that helps us understand and communicate at the soul level. Thus, it was an honor to serve these young people lunch, and understand their passion for their talent. Their manners, and politeness were apparent to all of us who volunteered--- especially their gratitude.
The Service Committee was also touched by the willingness of Chick Fil A, Lake Buena Vista who provided generous amounts of healthy food, as well as throwing in some extras. The many stuffed cows (their mascot) served as rewards in an impromptu game of music trivia. Not only were all of the students fully and joyfully engaged in this, but even the youngest tots who were along for the ride, participated with all their hearts in trying to answer the questions. Thus earning them the "Moo Cow Participation Award". I can honestly say there were many satisfied tummies and hearts at the conclusion.
What was also unexpected, was that the catering manager couldn't deliver the food due to having a commitment to her own son's soccer game. Instead, the wife of the manager delivered the food, only to be eagerly greeted by two of her former grade school students who ran outside screaming and yelling as soon as they saw her. They had not seen each other in three years. I looked at Sherryl, and exclaimed "We just cannot plan this kind of stuff!!" Even the delivery person was blessed simply by being a team player. And I was equally touched when they asked me to snap a few pictures of their reunion together. Tear jerker for sure!
Sherryl and I are also deeply grateful for the amount of participation from our committee. From a team of fourteen, we had nine ladies in attendance, and even more who participated by donating waters, juice boxes, holiday decorations and offering much more. This to me, exemplifies much of what CFWL is all about -getting it done for those who need it more than ourselves. Another blessing. What a great committee!!
As we embark on 2015, I am looking forward to keeping this momentum going with everyone's participation in their respective roles in this League. The past two service projects have been much more than what we could have thought or planned. This proves once again, that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
We are so looking forward to what lies ahead in our next projects for Harbor House, Quest, The Garden Theatre, and Primrose Center. Stay tuned for more details and dates to be provided.
Happy New Year!