Grant Program

Each spring, Women-n-Charge offers two grant opportunities to local business women for business or career advancement in the form of business related equipment or services or continuing education. The two $1,000 grants are awarded to two area business owners. The 2016 grants were awarded at our May 6, 2016 meeting. Please see below for more details below about the winners and judges.

Each year Women-n-Charge holds a tea event to raise funds enabling them to offer these grants to local deserving business women. 2017 will be the 13th year the grants have been awarded and the tea to raise funds for next year's grants will be held in the fall. To learn more about our tea fundraiser, please visit the Tea page.

2017 Grants were awarded at our May 5, 2017 WNC meeting. Please see below information on our winners and judges!

Please contact Judy Nicolosi, WNC Treasurer & Past President with any questions at or 813-600-9848.

2017 Grant Judges


Lora Shipman

Lora is the Founder and CEO of Keep It Local, LLC, which is a professional development organization offering networking and educational services fostering business growth within local communities. For more information, visit


Paula O'Neil, PHD

Paula has been the Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller since January 2009. Paula summed up all the judges sentiments best when she said every applicant she reviewed was so worthy, she'd like to have enough money to give each one $1,000.


Brenda Cassato

Brenda Cassato is the Founder of Senior Information Resources, which is a group of professionals who help people over the age of 50 remain independent, healthy, and aging in place. Learn more at

2017 Grant Recipients


L to R: Yvette Behmer and Elayne Bassigner of The Law Offices of Lucas Magazine (2016 Event Sponsor for the annual WNC Tea Fundraiser) and Judy Nicolosi, Realtor & WNC Treasurer, with the grant check for winner Anna Maria Orlando of Light Up the Night - Human Trafficking Awareness Event - who is not pictured, as she could not be at the award presentation.

The first grant was awarded to Anna Maria Orlando who is a volunteer chaplain for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and coordinator of the annual Light Up the Night Human Trafficking Awareness Concert Event. Anna Maria plans to use the funds to hire an event coordinator to relieve some of the administrative burdens. She believes that this will help the team focus on the many other facets of the mission to eradicate human trafficking. Learn more at


L to R: Yvette Behmer of The Law Offices of Lucas Magazine (2016 Event Sponsor for the annual WNC Tea Fundraiser), grant winner Barbara Keithly of Magnolia Manor Assisted Living, Elayne Bassigner of The Law Offices of Lucas Magazine, and Judy Nicolosi, Realtor & WNC Treasurer.

The second grant was awarded to Barbara Keithly, owner of Magnolia Manor Assisted Living. Magnolia provides 24/7 care to 53 residents in our community. The funds will be utilized to purchase new equipment for the kitchen, specifically, a new convection oven, soda machine and steam table. When the facility was built, Barbara bought used equipment that has seen better days! Learn more at