FALMOUTH, Maine.  September 9, 2015 — The Maine Women’s Fund, the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing women’s and girl’s economic security, will be the beneficiary of the Power of She  All Women’s 10K race on October 11, 2015.

Three Maine Women’s Fund Board Members, Robin Lin Hodgskin, Melinda Shain, and Natalie Solotoff will be joining women from across the state to complete in the Power of She. This timed race is open to participants 13-years+ and will feature prizes for the best costumes and Age Group Awards in 10-year increments. The 10K race starts at 9:00AM and will begin and end at the Back Bay Boulevard Preble Street parking lot. The Maine Women’s Fund is proud to be the 2015 Power of She Race beneficiary.

Robin Lin Hodgskin is very excited to run in the first Power of She race and help fundraise for the Maine Women's Fund. Her last races were multiple appearances in the Bonne Bell Women's Mini Marathon (10k) in Boston in the 1980s. After a long diversion to other athletic endeavors, Robin was inspired to return to running; the 2015 Yarmouth Clam Festival 5-miler is her only race in over 30 years prior to the Power of She. Robin has served on the Fund’s Investment Committee for eighteen years. She encourages everyone to “Come and run, walk or crawl with us or cheer us on October 11th."

Melinda Shain’s preferred race distance is the marathon. She has completed seven races since her first marathon in 2011 including the Mount Desert Island marathon in 2014 and the 2015 Sugarloaf Marathon. She also enjoys shorter distance races and is a regular in various 10K and 5K distance races locally. She especially loves racing for a great cause and over her two appearances in the Boston marathon raised $5,500 as a charity runner. She is thrilled to be running and fundraising for the MWF in her very first all-female race. Melinda is the former board president and current serves on the Fund’s Governance committee.

Natalie Solotoff started running races in middle school, as a track and field miler. Although she gave up running competitively to focus on playing soccer in high school and college, she continued to run races for fun. Natalie and her sisters, who live in Florida and North Carolina, trained separately and then got together to run the Virginia Beach Rock and Roll Half Marathon in 2008. Her most recent race was the Big Lake Half Marathon in Lake Winnipesaukee, NH in 2010. After a long-enough break from participating in races since her son was born, Natalie is excited to run in the Power of She 10K in honor of the inspiring work of the Maine Women’s Fund

Proceeds from the race will help the Maine Women’s Fund provide critical assistance to nonprofit organizations within six strategic areas that together advance the economic security of women and girls: Education; Entrepreneurship; Healthcare; Leadership; Personal Safety and Policy. To register or donate visit:  


About the Maine Women’s Fund

Since 1989, the Maine Women's Fund has been creating social change by investing in the power of women and the dreams of girls. The Fund has awarded grants totaling nearly $2M to 184 organizations and provides grantees with capacity-building technical support. The mission of the Maine Women’s Fund is to transform the lives of Maine women and girls through strategic grantmaking, community engagement and support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. The Fund’s vision is a just and caring society in which Maine women and girls thrive so communities prosper. The Fund is the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing economic security for women and girls.

Programs funded by the Maine Women’s Fund increase access to education and healthcare, develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, influence public policy, and advance safety from harm.

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Posted 09.09.2015 under Press Releases