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New fund for women will honor former LWR head

Endowment celebrates commitment shownby Kathryn Wolford for women’s development programs

A Who’s Who of Twin Cities Lutherans turned out on November 15 to celebrate the 13 years of what Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has described as Kathryn Wolford’s “distinguished leadership and service to LWR and her passionate commitment to women and girls around the world.”
A reception and program in Wolford’s honor was held at the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foyer and Audi-torium in downtown Minneapolis.
During a sometimes humorous multimedia program, built around a “quilt” theme, Wolford’s work for the relief agency was highlighted. LWR’s signature relief project has been the delivery of quilts, created by Lutheran women, to families and individuals in developing countries, especially war zones and disaster areas.
In recognition for her service to LWR, an agency supported by congregations in both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), a “Kathryn Wolford Global Fund for Women” was announced. The endowment will further the work promoted by Wolford during her tenure at LWR. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has provided a lead gift of $25,000.
A tribute book containing letters from her supporters and friends was presented to Wolford during the program.
Wolford resigned from her post at LWR in 2006 in order to head the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Mc Knight Foundation.
For more information about the Fund for Women, call 612/340-5492, or visit