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Women Making a Difference is a grassroots group of gals who pool their money every year into a fund managed by the Coastal Community Foundation. Throughout the year, the members gather to socialize and learn more about the benchmark successes of past grant recipients. During the summer months, members conduct site visits to organizations that have applied for grant funds, and the awards are dispersed every November at a party traditionally attended by scores of women and one beloved gentleman: Richard Hendry of the Coastal Community Foundation. This year, however, the annual grants ceremony saw a spike in male attendees when Tommy Baker, Jimmy Bailey, and Tumpy Campbell walked in the door of the Rice Mill Building on Wednesday evening.

Although the rain was steady, so too was the wave of attendees, who piled umbrellas in the vestibule of the marina-side venue. Guests enjoyed light nibbles and glasses of wine for the hour preceding the ceremony. Local television reporter Tracy Amick emceed the awards, which dispersed checks to ten outstanding nonprofits, including the American Red Cross-Carolina Lowcountry Chapter, Boys and Girls Club of the Trident Area, Center for Women, Charleston Breast Center, Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area, Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, HALOs, Louie's Kids, Roscoe Reading Program, and YEScarolina.

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