Hadassah Danville is one of the earliest chapters, founded in 1918 by a group of women in Danville, Virginia who were inspired by the work and ideals of Henrietta Szold. The chapter was chartered a few years later by the National Hadassah organization, and continued its work in support of Palestine (as it was then known), sending medical instruments, clothing, and even baby food to the area. The chapter continued to grow with an influx of Jewish couples to the Danville area after World War II, and began its famous “Angels of Mercy” campaign in 1950. This fundraiser in support of Hadassah Medical Organization continues to this day, with ads solicited from businesses and individuals whose names appear in a full-page “Angels of Mercy” ad in the Thanksgiving edition of the Danville Register and Bee. Our chapter is smaller now, but no less mighty, as we continue to support the HMO and other aspects of Hadassah, including advocacy for gender equity in medical research and other issues of particular importance to women. Chapter officers participate in Region, Tri-Region, and National meetings and bring information back to local members to cement the connection between our efforts and the goals of Hadassah. For further information about Hadassah Danville, please contact Martha Woody, President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angels of Mercy Campaign
Our major fundraiser is the Angels of Mercy campaign, which has been done annually since 1950. Individuals and businesses are contacted for donations to the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel, and a full page ad is taken out in the Thanksgiving Day edition of the local paper to thank these “Angels of Mercy.” Last year the project raised $12,852 and continues to be our most successful fundraising event.
From our President
The Danville chapter of Hadassah continues to be the “little engine that could!” Our annual Donor event in May has been very successful, so far raising more than $2000, just a bit shy of our goal of $2300. We were so pleased that Aliza Bricklin, the Organizational Vice-President for the Southern Seaboard Region, could attend the Donor brunch and provide a wonderful program on the Hadassah Medical Organization, Research in Service to Humanity, women’s heart health, and much more. As noted elsewhere in the newsletter, if you have not already made your Donor contribution, please do so now - your support is vitally important.
Your efforts in advocacy on behalf of Hadassah are also vital. Currently, there is much debate over health care, including issues specific to women. Hadassah is asking its members to call their Senators and express support for women’s health care. Women should not be charged more or denied coverage because of their gender, and quality, affordable maternity care should be available to women no matter where they live or what type of coverage they have. If you are interested in more advocacy opportunities through “Day in the District” visits with our representatives in Congress, please contact me at email@example.com.
Our board will be meeting in July to continue planning for the rest of 2017. The High Holidays will soon be upon us, as will our Rosh Hashanah card project to benefit Young Judaea. In addition, our fall meeting will kick off the BIG Angels of Mercy campaign, and finally we will schedule a Chanukah celebration to finish our year in style. Our little chapter continues to prove that good things can come in small packages!
Martha Woody, Chapter President
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