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Friendship Club graduate credits group for college success

Special to The Union

For the girls and young women of the Friendship Club, the power of the purse is more than dry economics.

A Power of the Purse luncheon held in Grass Valley earlier this month drew more than 100 people to the club’s fifth annual gathering. The underlying concept of the luncheon is that when women join together to support a common cause, they can have a powerful impact, Executive Director Jennifer Singer said.

Friendship Club graduate Shilo Piper, who also graduated in 2008 from Forest Charter School in Nevada City, spoke at the luncheon about how the club’s support has impacted her life.

Piper is a freshman at University of Nevada, Reno. She credited the Friendship Club with giving her the confidence to apply to college and the academic tools to succeed.

“Last semester at college, I received a letter telling me I had made the dean’s list,” Piper said. “The staff members at the Friendship Club were the first people I called.”

The luncheon is designed to raise awareness about the challenges adolescent girls face and the work the Friendship Club does to help them meet those challenges, Singer said.

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She shared other success stories of girls who have completed the program and gone on to do great things.

“Many of the stories are heart-rending, and they all underscore the need for The Friendship Club,” Singer said.

In keeping with the theme of the day, several businesses from Grass Valley and Nevada City donated purses that were raffled off to 10 women. The proceeds from the raffle support the comprehensive, year-round programs to support girls at risk of dropping out of school.

For more information about the club, call Development Director Shawn Ryley at 265-4311 or visit online at

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