WE CAN, the organization dedicated to empowering Cape Cod women to achieve lasting positive change for themselves and their families, recently held an event to mark the establishment of The Andi Genser Strategic Opportunities Fund which honors Andi Genser as she retires as Executive Director of WE CAN. Gifts to the Fund will give WE CAN the capacity to respond to emerging programmatic or capacity needs on a timely basis and the goal is to raise $250,000 for this initiative ($240,000 Raised to Date).
WE CAN Board Member, David Oppenheim initiated the idea for the fund and co-hosted the event with his wife Gail. A combination of retirement party and fundraiser, the night was filled with memories both amusing and poignant. Other speakers included former State Senator and Cape Air Founder & CEO, Dan Wolfe who arrived by cycle, a nod and wink to Andi’s many years as a cycling enthusiast who aptly uses her hobby as a fundraising technique; WE CAN Board President Pam Kukla and WE CAN special advisor, Anne Le Claire who shared some very entertaining photos of Andi’s early start in fundraising, beginning at age 5!
Andi began serving as the Executive Director of WE CAN in March 2010. During Andi’s tenure WE CAN grew from an organization with 2 part-time staff, serving 500 women in a small rented space to a staff of eight, its own building, more than 300 volunteers, and Cape-wide services that changed the lives yearly of more than 2500 women and their families. Andi retired from WE CAN in June 2018.
“I’m touched and honored by your presence and am grateful to all who have given this fund it’s beginning here tonight” said retiring Director Andi Genser.
For information about contributing to this special fund, contact Siobhan Clune at WE CAN.