Mission & History

We're the original organization for women in Southlake.

WHO WE ARE

  • The Southlake Women’s Club is a highly respected nonprofit organization with more than 150 members from Southlake and many of its neighboring cities.
  • To date, we’ve donated over $2.7M to local charities benefiting women, children & families in Northeast Tarrant County.
  • The Southlake Women’s Club, Inc. is a registered 501(c)4 organization, and the Southlake Women’s Club Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organization.

OUR MISSION

We are committed to providing community support and involvement through active participation and service, charitable contributions, grants, and special events, as well as to cultivating friendship and fellowship through social, educational and business gatherings.

OUR SIGNATURE EVENTS

School Supply Sale

This annual sale, which began in 1995, has generated over $300,000 for participating schools in the Carroll Independent School District. These funds have helped schools both enrich the curriculum for students in grades K-8 and provide school supplies for students needing assistance.Read More »

Art in the Square

This annual festival has helped the SWC raise and donate over $2.7M for local charities. This three-day juried art show, complete with family entertainment, food, and drinks, is held every April at the Southlake Town Square.Read More »

Valentine Luncheon

Another highly anticipated SWC event is our annual Valentine Luncheon at our local senior center. We provide a hearty meal and entertainment for a great group of enthusiastic seniors, along with raffle prizes and dancing!Read More »

OUR HISTORY

1985

The SWC journey begins

Six women, led by SWC founding president Gina Bernasek, got together for the first meeting of the Southlake Women’s Club in October.
1987

SWC hosts its first annual Spaghetti Supper fundraiser

Initially held at Johnson Elementary, the community event later moved to Carroll Senior High School. SWC members prepared and served the meal, and tickets were sold for $6/adult and $3/child. As the event grew, additional fundraising efforts were added, including prize drawings and a silent auction. The money collected was used for a variety of community needs, including equipment purchases for the volunteer fire department, a fire safety house/trailer, books for the city library, a sound system for the senior center, and xeriscaping gardens and adding park benches at Bicentennial Park. At the final Spaghetti Supper in 1999, the Southlake Women’s Club served 1800 people.

SWC holds the first annual School Supply Sale

When the sale began, SWC members sold school supplies over several days at the old high school on Dove Rd. Eventually, the sale moved to the current Carroll High School, and in 1999, the event became a one-day sale of individual pre-packaged supply boxes. By 2013, we launched online supply pack sales. Today, the sale continues online, with options for home delivery or in-person pickup. While proceeds from the sale were originally used to provide scholarships for graduating CISD high school seniors, today’s participating schools use funds to purchase enrichment materials for students.
1988

SWC is approved as a 501(c)4 organization

2000

Art in the Square makes its debut

In the spring of 2000, the club hosted a new community event, and Art in the Square was born. The first festival hosted 45 artists, and SWC members and their husbands prepared and sold food and beverages. Now ranked in the top 10 juried art shows in the nation, this annual event—powered solely by volunteers—draws tens of thousands of visitors and has raised over $2.7M for charities in Northeast Tarrant County while also funding dozens of scholarships for CISD graduating seniors.

First annual Senior Center Valentine Luncheon

It’s a huge success! We continue the tradition today, with the new senior center at the Marq.

SWC Foundation launches

The SWC Foundation oversees the distribution of funds raised with our annual School Supply Sale and Art in the Square. A Funding Committee convenes each year to select Art in the Square beneficiaries and scholarship recipients for CISD graduating seniors.
2002

SWC Foundation is officially approved as a 501(c)3 organization.

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