Canadian County Women Show The ‘Power Of 100’

Thursday, November 5th 2020, 6:54 pm
By: Brian Mueller

YUKON, Okla. -

It's a simple concept with a powerful payoff.

"100 women donate $100," Anita Bishop said.

The group is called Power of 100 Canadian County. Each quarter the all-female organization has a luncheon to pick a different charity to help.

Tammy McKee came up with the idea after seeing a similar organization in Oklahoma City.

"So then I called my two friends, and said, ‘Hey!’" McKee said.

The group just made their first donation last week to Compassionate Hands in Yukon, a swiss-army knife of a charity that does everything from providing rent assistance to providing rides for doctor appointments and completing errands.

Power of 100 raised nearly $13,000 during its inaugural luncheon.

"When we showed up at the event, I was, we were all teary-eyed,” McKee said. “It was almost overwhelming.”

This donation is some much-needed financial fuel for Compassionate Hands. They had to cancel five fundraisers due to the pandemic.

"To me, it's just God-sent,” Compassionate Hands executive director Joanne Riley said. “It allows us to do more of helping people with assistance. In fact, our board is going to talk about even, with this check, to increase our budget a little bit.”

As for the number of members, they're not keeping it at 100. Currently at 147, the group’s goal is to reach 200, so they can help two charities each quarter.

"Listen, the women of Canadian County, all you have to do is ask and they step up to the plate," Nancy Campbell said.

The group's will hold its next luncheon on Jan. 11, 2021.