Third Annual Forgirlsake Open (FGSO)
Newton North High School, Newton, MA

Third Annual 10K Walk Down Under Melbourne Australia

Second Annual Forgirlsake Open (FGSO)
Newton North High School, Newton, MA

Girls Down Under Aim High
Alphington Grammar School, Melbourne, AU

Second Annual 10K Walk Down Under
Melbourne, Australia

Creating Beauty Inside and Out
Belleza Beauty Salon, West Lebanon, NH

Forgirlsake Open (FGSO)
Newton North High School, Newton, MA

10K Walk Down Under
Melbourne, Australia

A Workout for the Girls
West Newton, MA

The Forgirlsake Club
Hanover High School, NH

Something to Smile About
The New Art Center, Newton, MA

Women of the World Conference
Trafalgar School for Girls, Montreal

Candlelight Yoga
Newton, MA

2015 FGSO, Newton North High School, MA
On September 19, 2015, The Third Annual Forgirlsake Women's Doubles Tennis Open (FGSO) raised over $3,500 in support of the Second Chance Education Project in Uganda. Annette Champney, a Ugandan ex-pat who now spearheads PDI in Boston, gave an emotional speech at the event, stressing how meaningful it was to receive this kind of financial support for girls in her homeland. We thank all the players, Newton North Girls’ Tennis Team volunteers, sponsors, donors and the FGSO Committee, Stephanie Zelman, Sami O’Reilly, Emilie Kendall, Deb Cronin, Noura Guermazi and PR Consulant, Lisa Rinkus. We also want to thank Debbie Helbing for photographing the event! Congratulations to all the winners: Donna Rigg, Lorna Hayward, Shelly Harrison, Jill Hubbard, Nancy Prince, Noura Guermazi, Nancy Hughes, Janet Sweeney, Saru Wade, Jean Manasian, Deborah Mead and Cecile Andrieux.

Forgirlsake Co-Founder Stephanie Zelman and
PDI Founder, Annette Champney

Third Annual 10K Walk Down Under Melbourne Australia
On the morning of February 7, 2015, once again our lovely Down Under Ladies completed a 10K walk along the beach in Melbourne. The group doubled from last year and raised $2,800. This year they were joined by Aussie high school girls who have been supporting Forgirlsake through school fundraisers, as well as Forgirlsake co-Founder, Stephanie Zelman who was visiting Melbourne. Special thanks to her sister, Heather Zelman, who organized the event for the third time, and all the other walkers who kick-started the 2015 Second Chance Scholarship Project in Uganda. 

Our awesome Aussie girls!

Cloudy skies but sunny smiles on the third annual 10K! 

2014 FGSO, Newton North High School, MA
Smiles and Sunshine were held by all at the Second Annual Forgirlsake Tennis Tournament on September 27, 2014, which drew 72 players and raised over $4,600 in support of girls with special needs in Ghana. Forgirlsake Co-Founder and event organizer, Stephanie Zelman, said, "Women who love tennis don't need an excuse to come out and play. Doing so for girls' education makes it even sweeter." Special thanks go to the other tennis lovers who spearheaded the event, Sami O'Reilly, Noura Guermazi, and Deb Cronin, and to all the participants, donors, and local sponsors. Forgirlsake is fortunate to have the support of Newton North Athletics Director, Tom Guisti, who is helping make this tournament a signature Forgirlsake fundraising event.  

Special thanks to our Big and Little volunteers, Noura, Stephanie, Sami, Lizzie, Lisa, Deb,
and (second row) Dorra, Avery, Sophia, Dani and Anna (not shown).

Girls Down Under Aim High
Each term, Alphington Grammar School takes part in a casual clothes day and raises money for a particular charity. Community Service Captain, Elleni Tsaketas, believed that a gold coin donation for wearing casual clothes to school just wouldn't suffice. So she approached her school's Community Service Team and together they brainstormed ideas. They came up with the concept of "Christmas in August" and organized a variety of fun activities and raised over $1,000. And they're still going strong! Read full blog post.

Santa came early for Forgirlsake this year! Special thanks goes to Elleni Tsaketas, Eve Potamianos,
Stephanie Atwa, and Sidney Mandis in the Christmas-themed photo booth.

10K Walk Helps Forgirlsake Cross Finish Line, Melbourne, Australia
Special thanks to this dedicated group of Aussie women. Up bright and early on a perfect Sunday morning, they made their way along the beautiful beaches of Melbourne, Australia to complete their 10 km walk. Well done! Many thanks to Heather Zelman for making this fundraiser happen for the second year running and congratulations to all the Aussie women on this special Team (Kathy B., Kerrin H., Lisa F., Gaby H., Ziva T., Zoe H., Dina K., Sandra D. and Belinda H.) who raised a total of $2,650 dollars and enabled us to reach our 2013 fundraising goal of sending 60 Ghanese girls to their final year of high school.

Thanks for your commitment for the second year, and we love the shirts!!

Creating Beauty Inside and Out, Belleza Salon, W. Lebanon, NH
On Sept.30, 2013, Belleza Beauty Salon in the Powerhouse Mall in West Lebanon dedicated an entire day to raising money for Forgirslake. Instead of taking their usual Monday off, the staff at Belleza worked all day on clients and donated all proceeds and tips to help Forgirlsake send 60 girls to their senior year of high school in Northern Ghana. Belleza owner, Nicole Boylan, and her incredible staff worked for months getting community members to donate items to a raffle, promote the event, and help Jayne Costello prepare a delicious tapas lunch for the entire salon. The event was a huge success, raising over $4400, and customers walked away looking and feeling great.

The fabulous staff, Miranda Gervais, Kaitlyn Corcoran, Tracey Ciechanowicz and Tara Desmarais.

2013 FGSO, Newton North High School, MA
On Sept. 28, 2013, the Boston contingent mounted one of its most successful fundraisers ever: A Women's Doubles Tournament held at the beautiful new tennis facility at Newton North High School. The event attracted 48 players who competed for the Forgirlsake trophies, and over $2,500 was raised to send girls in Northern Ghana to their senior year of high school. Special thanks goes to co-organizers, Sami O'Reilly, Noura Guermazi, and Deb Cronin as well as to Lisa Rinkus for PR and Cheryl Clegg Photography. We were so lucky to have the support of the Athletics Director, Tom Giusti, as well as Principal Jennifer Price. Congratulations to her and Katya Salkever on their big win, along with Kathy Goldberg and Lynne Friedlander. Great playing! To see more photos, visit our blog, and to view the NEWTV segment, please visit:

Special thanks to Principal Jennifer Price for attending the event.
She and her partner, Katya Salkever, won the trophies in the second round.

10K Walk Down Under, Melbourne, Australia
Congratulations to our Australian fundraising ladies on completing their 10K Walk in February 2013! They raised an amazing $2,692.00 AUD! Enough to send our 4 most promising Ugandan girls to upper high school for their final year. This was our first fund raising event Down Under and the Aussie women have proven themselves a dedicated bunch of caring and generous gals. Special thanks to Heather Zelman for organizing the event!

Our awesome Aussie ladies on the their 10K walk along the beach
in Brighton, Victoria.

A Workout for the Girls, West Newton, MA
In November 2012, Josh Conway of Gymnasium, held a pro-bono workout to benefit a girls' school being built at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Refreshments were also served, sponsored by the Pearl Plates catering and veggie burgers by Thai massage therapist, Slava Kolpakov. It was an inspiring evening for all and $1,000 was raised.

A workout so powerful, they could feel it in Kenya!

The Forgirlsake Club, Hanover High School, NH
The Forgirlsake Club was formed at Hanover High School, where girls held three bake sales in October and November 2012. Over $1,000 was raised to support the building of a girls' school at the Kakuma Regugee Camp in Kenya. This Spring the club plans on researching other projects for the benefit of girls in the developing world. Forgirlsake has provided students here in the United States the opportunity to help other girls their age in other parts of the world.

Girls helping girls by selling baked goods at Hanover High School.

Something to Smile About, The New Art Center, Newton, MA
In 2010 Forgirlsake, raised over $9,000 to provide the Sega School for Girls in Tanzania with a solar-powered computer lab and internet service, critical for a quality education. Warren Zelman, a Canadian photographer, visited the Sega School, and what he found was, well, something to smile about. In December 2011, Warren's inspiring images were shared with the Newton Community at the New Art Center. We thank our fundraising partner, Nurturing Minds, Inc. and everyone who joined us that special evening.

Canadian photographer, Warren Zelman, and Forgirlsake Board Member,
Michèle Mani, at the New Art Center in December, 2011.

Women of the World Conference, Trafalgar School for Girls, Montreal
Trafalgar hosted its annual Women of the World (WOW) conference Friday, April 1, 2011. The theme was "Home Grown Heroes" and the school welcomed back six Traf grads who discussed their philanthropic work around the world. Jamie Orchard, Global Quebec news anchor, lead a panel discussion on the benefits of volunteerism, as well as the specific role women play in changing the world. After the panel discussion, students had the opportunity to learn about different community service opportunities in the Montreal area. Panelists included Kim Fortin (for her work with Free the Children), Jenna Omassi (for establishing a soccer coaches' training camp in South Africa), Giselle Murphy and Rayna Goldman of Bicycles for Humanity, and Sheryl Ludwick-Stotland and Stephanie Zelman of Forgirlsake. Jamie Orchard was quoted as saying, "It was very inspiring to meet these women and see the amazing things they are doing to make the world a better place... I think it really planted the seed of volunteerism in the young audience."

Forgirlsake co-Founders, Sheryl Stotland and Stephanie Zelman at the
WOW conference in Montreal.

Candlelight Yoga, Newton, MA
In October, 2010, over 20 women in a Newton, MA neighborhood came together at Floga Yoga Studio for an enchanting Candlelight Yoga to help raise money to fund a solar-powered computer lab at the Sega Girls School in Tanzania. They then went for drinks at C. Tsar's where a portion of the proceeds were also donated. Special thanks to Tiffany Kehatoglou who offered her time and studio. What a fun night!

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