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Chester County Fund for Women and Girls to Honor Susan Elko with Kitchen Table Award

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls will honor Susan Elko, a long-time advocate for social change in Chester County, with its annual Kitchen Table Award at the CCFWG Making a Difference Luncheon on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern, PA.

CCFWG established the Kitchen Table Award in 2011 to honor a Chester County woman who has made substantive contributions through service and/or philanthropy to improve the lives of women and girls through her own time, talent or resources. It is named in celebration of the genesis of CCFWG in 1996: many conversations held around kitchen, board and coffee tables.

Susan Elko Susan Elko has an impressive history of service and philanthropy in Chester County. With over 30 years of experience in special education, educational consulting and policy development, she has devoted her career to serving others. From her work at Bridge of Hope – assisting women faced with homelessness – to her role as Board President of The Barn at Spring Brook Farm, a nonprofit focused on enriching the lives of children with disabilities through animal-assisted activities – Susan has developed strong programming and opportunities for women and girls throughout Chester County. As a former board member and co-founder of CCFWG’s Girls Advisory Board (GAB), she has helped grow the program over the past 13 years into the transformative experience it is for high school girls today. Susan currently serves on the board of the Community Coalition, and was a former committee member of the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester and WCU’s Institute for Educational Excellence and Entrepreneurship. She also formerly served as an executive committee member for the Homeless Single Women’s Shelter Task Force, where she was instrumental in establishing a winter emergency shelter. Furthermore, Susan is an inspiring mentor, friend, colleague and true example of how women help shape the future of their communities.        

Our 2018 Making a Difference Luncheon will also feature keynote speaker Tynesha McHarris, Program Officer of Advancing Adolescent Girls' Rights at the NoVo Foundation. Tynesha has over a decade of experience advocating for racial and gender justice; she has worked with foundations, community organizations and young people to challenge systems and institutions that perpetuate inequity. In her role at NoVo, Tynesha supports projects and individuals dedicated to the advancement and future of girls in the US, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

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For 20 years, CCFWG has raised awareness about critical needs of women and girls in Chester County, and awarded nearly $3 million to 71 non-profit organizations. To learn more about the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, visit

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