Monday, December 6, 2021

AAUW Celebrates 10 Years

Submitted Photo:High Tea at Noon was purchased by the Island Girlfriends, a group of spin-out friends from the Newcomers Club.

Submitted Photo:High Tea at Noon was purchased by the Island Girlfriends, a group of spin-out friends from the Newcomers Club.

By Maureen Chodaba 

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization of 170,000 women throughout local communities and college campuses. The AAUW provides $4 million annually in grants, fellowships and awards for women pursuing degrees in higher education. The AAUW works diligently to improve the future for all.

On February 3, the Marco Island branch of AAUW will celebrate their ten year anniversary with the “Time, Talent and Treasures” luncheon at the Hideaway Beach Club. The event will feature both silent and live auctions. Returning live auctioneer Ed Miracco is sure to keep the bidding lively with his clever banter.

Lynn Tuttle, director for development, AAUW-Marco Island says, “Unlike the many groups on the island that support scholarships for high school students, AAUW-Marco Island also supports non-traditional aged women returning to school with our Martha Yates Scholarship. Many successful women have completed their degrees through our program.” This $1,000 scholarship is available to women 21 and older, living or working on Marco Island, Isles of Capri or Goodland, who are starting or continuing their education at an accredited college or university.

Tuttle went on to tell more about the auction items at Time, Talent and Treasures. “Our most coveted items are not things. While we provide a varied and interesting silent auction of treasures, the key items are really our dinners and other live auction items. Ladies invite their friends to form bidding consortiums and agree to bid on a luncheon or dinner party that groups of ladies will bring to their home. The parties all around town that result from this bidding are fun and fabulous! Each party provides the money for a woman to reach her goals of a higher education.” Last year’s auctioned dinner parties and luncheons included an Italian extravaganza, a Greek moussaka dinner, a French meal of boeuf bourguignon, and high tea at noon with hats and gloves optional!

AAUW membership is open to any woman holding an associate or equivalent (RN), baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university. Friends of the Branch membership is open to anyone who supports the AAUW’s mission, but does not have the educational credentials.

To purchase tickets for the luncheon, apply for the Martha Yates Scholarship and learn more about AAUW-Marco Island, please visit  

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