Established in 2007 to maximize the impact of women’s philanthropy in Smith County, The Women’s Fund brings women together to pool resources and contributions that enable the organization to provide grants to local agencies that benefit women and children in our community. In 2013, The Women’s Fund distributed grants totaling $141,000 to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, Young Audiences of North East Texas, Christian Women’s Job Corp, and the Literacy Council of Tyler.
Martha Dunlap and Lorrie Gazette are members of The Women’s Fund and are the co-chairs of the organization’s annual celebration luncheon, The Power of the Purse, to be held on Wednesday, November 20, at the Ornelas Activity Center in Tyler. The event brings the members of The Women’s Fund and community guests together to celebrate the impact of the programs supported by their yearly grants.
“The Women’s Fund provides opportunities to support organizations and projects that are impacting women and children in Smith County each day,” said Mrs. Dunlap. “Our annual luncheon celebrates the fact that a group of committed ladies and ‘the power of the purse’ can make a major difference in our community.”
Outside of her service to The Women’s Fund, Mrs. Dunlap also serves numerous Tyler organizations, such as Historic Tyler, the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler, the Smith County Historical Society, Tyler Woman’s Forum, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Alzheimer’s Alliance, Friends of Hospice of East Texas, and the Tyler Museum of Art, just to name a few. She is recognized in Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professional, and Entrepreneurs. A native of Tyler, Mrs. Dunlap has resided in the community for 59 years. She is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She and her husband, Gerry, have been married for 14 years and are the parents of four adult children and have seven grandchildren. The Dunlaps are members of Green Acres Baptist Church. Mrs. Dunlap is the owner of Divide & Conquer of East Texas, a professional organizing and estate sales service.
Mrs. Gazette is a member of the board of directors for Stepping Stone Ministries and is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she also serves as secretary of the NAPO Virtual Chapter. She is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers and the International Association of Home Staging Professionals. Mrs. Gazette was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has resided in Tyler for 15 years. She is a graduate of J. Frank Dobie High School in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Gazette and her husband, Mark, have been married for 15 years and are the parents of two sons, Chad Hutchins and the late Chris Hutchins. The Gazettes are members of Green Acres Baptist Church. Mrs. Gazette is a certified professional organizer with Creative Order & Design.
Mrs. Gazette and Mrs. Dunlap agree that volunteering and giving back to a civic-minded community is their way of “paying it forward.”
“God has blessed us and given us talents that we can use to help others.”
For more information about The Women’s Fund luncheon, The Power of the Purse, please visit www.womensfundsc.org