Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Funds Being Raised To Send 'Rosies' To Washington, D.C.

RICHMOND — Fundraising efforts have begun in earnest to send five women — including one from Fairfax — who served as defense workers in World War II to Washington, D.C., in April to meet Vice President Joe Biden.

The invitation was extended by Biden in a personal phone call in October after an extended letter-writing campaign of several years by Phyllis Gould, 92, a Fairfax resident who worked at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during World War II.


Biden invited Gould and her sister, Marian Sousa, 87, of El Sobrante; Marian Wynn, 87, of Fairfield; Kay Morrison, 90, of Fairfield; and Priscilla Elder, 93, of Pinole to meet him as representatives of the thousands of women who broke workplace conventions to do their part during the war. All the women worked in the Richmond shipyards helping to build Liberty and Victory cargo ships.

The Rosie the Riveter Trust is supporting the trip by using its nonprofit status to allow the collection of individual donations by the five Rosies and five assistants, tentatively planned for the first week of April.

The Rosies are a popular attraction each Friday at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park visitors center, where they discuss their wartime experiences with the public.

National Park Service rules forbid the Richmond park's active participation in sending the Rosies to the nation's capital, and tax rules prevent the five from collecting donations themselves. That's where the trust, a private support organization for the national park, enters the picture.

"We are the supporting organization providing a nonprofit status," said Marsha Mather-Thrift, executive director of the Rosie the Riveter Trust. "The park is not sponsoring the trip, but the trust is very supportive because they are very deserving. They are really a wonderful and interesting contingent. It's a great opportunity, and we're very excited about it."

Read more here.

Individual donations can be made online by clicking here and specifying "Rosie's Fund" in the box asking who the gift is dedicated for.

Contributions can also be mailed to Rosie the Riveter Trust, attention Rosie's Fund, P.O. Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126.

Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276

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