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C-14 The Ann Arbor News, Sunday, October 19,1980

Soundings to hold benefit wine and cheese partv

Soundings, a counseling and education center for women in Ann Arbor, will have a wine and cheese party on Sunday, Oct 26, from 4 until 6 p.m.

Guests will meet the board of trustees for the nonprofit organization and hear briefly about Soundings’ services for mid-life women.

Chairing the planning committee for Soundings’ first community-wide fund raising event is Patricia B. Gurin. Other committee members are Eunice L. Burns, Florence Dunning, Caroline G. Hackett and Winona B. Mathews. All five women serve on the board.

Refreshments for the party will be donated by several interested business organizations, area party stores and other friends of the Center.

More than 300 women in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County have been served by Soundings since its programs began in September 1978. The Center provides individual and group services for women who are seeking support and information for changes occurring in their lives, in addition to educational workshops and one-day seminars.

Currently Soundings is presenting a nine-week pilot project designed to offer support and employment related services to divorced and widowed women. Also being offered are evening groups which address a variety of issues of concern to women in today’s changing world. These activities take place in Soundings’ meeting room at Cleary College.

Contributions received from the wine and cheese party will be used to meet the general operating expenses of Soundings and to assure that services will be available to all women in the area, regardless of Income. Funds raised will also count toward meeting a goal for a matching funds commitment from a

[previous donor. The special project for displaced homemakers has been funded by the Power Foundation and the Ann Arbor Area Foundation.

Anyone interested in attending Soundings’ wine and cheese party may call 665-2606 or 761-8888 (even-| ings) for additional information.

Members of Soundings' board Eunice Burns, left, and Caroline Hackett, canter, assist chairman Patricia Girin in plans for benefit party.