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President's Letter

Vicki DiPaolo       
President, 2021-2022

July, 2021

Founded in 2001 with over 350+ members year-to-year, we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary.

Our mission is:

    • To provide members with opportunities for friendships and shared interests through group activities and social events.
    • Welcome new residents and provide helpful information about the Club and their community.
    • Promote awareness of the social and cultural offerings of the surrounding community through planned activities and outings.
    • Provide opportunities to improve the welfare of others through community service activities.

Our event filled year includes:

    • Four General Meetings/Luncheons with interesting programs and a “happy hour” to get to know each other before lunch. These occur in October, December, April and June.
    • An ever-popular Fashion Show and luncheon is held in February with a “happy hour” as well.
    • Three or four social events are held each year including, to name just a few, trips to museums, theaters, art tours, trolley tours and polo matches.
    • Our major fund raiser, the Diamond and Crystal Ball is typically held In December at University Park Country Club. This year, due to the renovations planned for UPCC and other scheduling complications, we will hold the event at Palm Aire Country Club in February. This annual event is fun and provides an opportunity to raise money to support our chosen charities.
    • Many special interest groups (SIGs) are listed on the website under the “SIG” tab which you can explore and find what interests you. Participation is open to all members.

Since 2014, the primary charity that UPWC’s Outreach has supported has been Just for Girls Elementary, which is an alternative school under the auspices of Manatee Country.  The school has kindergarten through fifth grade, and most of the girls are from low-income families and need leadership and guidance in life, in addition to focused learning.  During those eight years almost $70,000 and hundreds of volunteer hours supported activities at JFGE. Additionally, $6,500 was donated to Mothers Helping Mothers and Manatee Food Bank.  Each year we review the many organizations in our area and decide how best to focus our Outreach efforts.  The two charities that will be supported this year are HOPE Family Services, Manatee County’s only domestic abuse shelter and Bradenton Police Care Card Program, a new charity never done in Manatee County that provides $25 Publix gift cards for the Bradenton Police Department to give to citizens in need.  There will be volunteer opportunities with HOPE that will be explored and communicated to our membership.

Please take time to explore our website:  www: universityparkwomensclub.com.  You may join online in just minutes!  I welcome an email from you with any questions I might be able to answer.

I hope you will join University Park Women’s Club and take advantage of the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy all that this wonderful area has to offer.


Vicki DiPaolo
UPWC President


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