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Experience ‘High Tea’ on April 19 to Support United Way

The proceeds will help cover the cost of childcare for single mothers working toward a post-secondary degree or credential

RICHMOND, Va. (April 10, 2022) – United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is holding a High Tea fundraiser to support its WomenRise program on April 19 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Woman’s Club. Along with the in-person event, there is also a virtual auction opening on April 12. Anyone can participate, and all proceeds will fund WomenRise scholarships.

WomenRise provides childcare scholarships to single mothers while they pursue a college degree or credential.

The scholarships help cover the cost of childcare while mothers work toward a range of degrees and certifications including elementary and kindergarten education and nursing.

Last year, twenty-three local single mothers received a total of $185,000 in childcare scholarships from WomenRise thanks to fundraising efforts.

“I am so grateful for WomenRise giving me the opportunity to finally finish my MSW degree,” said Taryn Burrell, a 2022 WomenRise recipient. “I am honored to be connected with such an amazing organization and look forward to paying it forward in the future.” Taryn is now pursuing a social work master’s degree to help others and working towards her passion of improving the criminal justice system.

United Way is hoping to help even more mothers in 2023.

“Childcare is a substantial expense for any family, especially so for single mothers, who often pay more than $1,000 per month, per child,” said Sammie McCabe, Director of Major Gifts at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. “We went from serving six mothers to twenty-three mothers in 2021 and 2022. We’re looking forward to helping even more mothers in 2023.”    

Individuals can register on the event page at

Tickets are selling out quickly. For those who are unable to attend the in-person event, you can still participate in the silent auction from home, opening on April 12, or make a donation through the event webpage.

To learn more about WomenRise, visit United Way’s website, or or email Samantha McCabe (