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Charity First

The Woman’s Club of Rye’s (WCR) primary goal is to foster interest in and promote charitable activities in the community. All of the philanthropic projects undertaken by the WCR fall under the responsibility of the Committee for Philanthropy and the Committee for Children’s Philanthropy (CP). Learn more about CP by clicking here. Through the members strong connection with the community, these two committees research, develop and present new philanthropic projects to benefit children, women, elderly and others in need in the community. 


WCR focuses its energies on education through its High School Scholarship Program. The Crossroads section  focuses on a woman in need each year and supports her through fundraising, and the Children’s Philanthropy section (CP) focuses on children’s programs and needs.  All members are automatically members of the Philanthropic Committee, giving each member the opportunity to present to the board new fundraising ideas and new grant recipients. 


Our current WCR supported Programs are: WCR Scholarship Program, Crossroads Cares, Families in Need Meal Program (CP) and Holiday Angels Gift Program (CP). 


The WCR and the CP section jointly support Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Friends of the Rye Nature Center, Friends of Rye Town Park, City of Rye Fire Department, Helping Hands for the Homeless and Hungry, Kid Space, My Sister’s Place, Rye Arts Center, Rye Free Reading Room, Rye Historical Society, Rye Interfaith Housing Corporation, Rye YMCA, Rye Youth Council, Rye Recreation, Rye Senior Citizens Organization, Port Chester-Rye Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester, and Wounded Warriors Project.


We are able to support all these wonderful organizations through fundraising projects such as Night at the Opera, Family Portraits, Halloween Bake sale, music concerts, rug sales, boutiques and bridge luncheons not to mention donations from our members and the community.



Philanthropic Grants

Woman’s Club of Rye Children’s Philanthropy

  • High School Senior Awards


The Rye Free Reading Room

  • Children’s Room Programs

  • Teacher in the Library


 Rye Recreation

  • Day Camp Scholarships

  • Sponsorship of Halloween Painting 

  • Youth Basketball Program


 Rye Arts Center

  • Scholarship funding


 Kids Space

  • Scholarship funding


Rye Nature Center

  • Camp Scholarships



  •  Teen Center


 Rye Historical Society

  • Educational Programming


 Rye Youth Council

  • Character Education and Youth Programming


 Port Chester – Rye EMS

  • Pediatric Course Training & Equipment 


The Woman’s Club of Rye High School Scholarship Fund



WC Committee for Philanthropy

Chaired by Penny Cozza & Mary Ann Lico

Ex officios: Lora Katsikas , Charlotte Powell,  

Christine Groves

Committee for Children's Philanthropy

Chaired by Christine Grove

Click here to learn more about Children's Philanthropy





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