Women of the South Shop for a Cause at Kendra Scott

“Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.”- Epictetus

Jewelry has the ability to change an outfit. It adds class and depth to an otherwise normal ensemble. Similarly, a local organization, Women of the South, adds class and depth to the Oklahoma City and Moore communities. The group, founded in 1995, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women in their careers while providing them an outlet for serving the community.

“Our mission is to provide cultural, civic, educational and social activities for the South Oklahoma City metro area,” said Angela O’Keefe, President of Women of the South.

From participating in S&B’s Pay it Forward night to blood drives to pumpkin decorating fundraisers, the Women of the South are active and engaged in their local community. On Jan. 18, Women of the South gathered at Kendra Scott for a night of shopping and, most importantly, giving back. “Shopping for a Cause,” benefited the Women of the South endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The endowment fund seeks to support both women who are the primary providers for their family and graduating high school seniors.

These two demographics benefit greatly from the endowment fund. At “Shopping for a Cause,” Kendra Scott gave back 20 percent of the sales from the evening, and Women of the South members had a great time mixing and mingling.

“We want to make sure the Women of the South legacy continues for years to come through the endowment,” said O’Keefe. “Our goal for the endowment is $200,000 this year which will fund our scholarship programs.”

The largest fundraiser for the endowment fund is the annual Gala which will occur at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club on April 30. For those either interested in the organization or would like more information regarding Women of the South, visit their website at womenofthesouth.org.

Photography by: Jonathan Burkhart