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Twentieth Century Club announces over $25,000 in Legacy Awards to support local non-profits

Twentieth Century Club presents 2024 Legacy Award Grants

The fragrance of pink rose blooms filled the room as the women of the Twentieth Century Club (TCC) gathered to celebrate their 130th charter year. In her opening remarks, Kimberly Elliott, TCC President noted the club’s flower – a pink rose bud – symbolizes gratitude and grace, a fitting sentiment as she presented the 2024 TCC Legacy Awards to four local nonprofits totaling $26,598.

The Twentieth Century Club connects generations of Northern Nevada women making a difference locally through philanthropy. Chartered in 1894, the TCC’s name was chosen to reflect a look to the future and the beginning of a new century. A bustling social club formerly located on First Street in downtown Reno, the club has evolved over the years and continues to host women’s networking events exploring societal and philanthropic issues. A registered 501(c)7, TCC's charitable fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada.

“The near-term benefit of the TCC’s Legacy Fund program is that grants are addressing community needs and proven programs now,” said Elliott. “The long-term benefits are seen in nursing students becoming nurses and youth aging out of foster care becoming productive adults in our community. And, all this starts with childhood literacy programming such as ‘Curiosity Classroom’ and ‘Reading with Rescues.’”

Falling within the TCC’s stated areas of philanthropic emphasis, the nonprofits approved for 2024 grants include:

  • Science/Education Emphasis: Truckee Meadows Community College Nursing Scholarships
    The founding members of the TCC identified nursing as a critical need in 1898. The need continues today, with a shortage of 4,000 nurses in our community. The TCC’s 2024 scholarship award will remove the financial barriers for three second-year students.
  • Social Service Emphasis: Eddy House
    Eddy House is a daytime drop-in center and overnight shelter for homeless, runaway, foster and other at-risk youth. Eddy House works with youth to develop life and job skills necessary for sustainable independence with the goal of ending youth homelessness in Northern Nevada.
  • Literacy Emphasis: PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom
    PBS Reno offers free “Curiosity Classroom” workshops specifically developed for PreK through 4th grade students for educators and community educational organizations.
  • Animal Welfare Emphasis: SPCA of Northern Nevada
    SPCA of Northern Nevada was established in 1998 and its mission is to connect people with homeless pets, fostering joy, love and compassion within the community and beyond.

And in the spirit of TCC gratitude, grace, and deep Reno roots, Elliott noted that the Club had also made a gift to support the Rose Garden at Idlewild Park in Reno.