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Instead of dining out, local group dines in and raises money for international charities

Dining for Women


A local group that aims to play a role in eradicating poverty among women and girls in the developing world is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

The group – Dining for Women – takes a personal approach.


Instead of getting together and going out for a fancy dinner, members gather at someone’s home for a home cooked meal. Money that would have been spent for a night out instead goes to an organization helping women and children in developing countries.


Sue Dagenais is a co-leader of one Delaware Dining for Women chapter. She says it includes about 10 women who meet on Wednesday evenings monthly.

"Our money every month, it goes to a grassroots program usually a non-governmental organization that has been highly vetted by the Dining for Women organization," Dagenais said.


Dagenais adds the organization is celebrating its five-year anniversary in the First State, raising over $88,900 across several local chapters.


She notes one of many organizations supported by the group is the Fistula Foundation.


"Women can now get their bladders repaired and no longer suffer those pains of childbirth," Dagenais said.


Nationally, Dining for Women was started in 2004 in Greenville, South Carolina by a group of social workers and nurses.


Dining for Women celebrates its 5th anniversary in the First State Tuesday night starting at 5:30 at Red Clay Presbyterian Church.


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