Making charity count

Lane 201 opens New Haven boutique

100+ Women Who Care
There is a way to increase your personal donations to area 501(c)(3) organizations. 100+ Women Who Care supports Allen County charities by contributing as a group for swift and maximum impact, believing “together we are stronger.” 100+ Women was started in 2006 with a group of 100 Michigan women who each wrote a $100 check for an organization in their city. With just nine hours of work so far, the Fort Wayne chapter has raised more than $200,000 for organizations like the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Just Neighbors and the Little River Wetlands Project. Here’s how the process works: The group gathers each quarter for a one-hour meeting where, after brief presentations by three randomly selected organizations and a popular vote, each member writes a check for $100, resulting in a lump sum donation that typically lands north of $20,000. The beauty of this process is that there is no overhead, no administration costs – 100 percent of the donations go directly to the organization. Even sweeter is that Old National Bank and Parkview Hospital each contribute quarterly. The next meeting of 100+ Women will take place at Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Road, 6-7 p.m. May 4 with a “meet and mingle” session starting at 5:30 p.m. To learn more and to get involved, “like” the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/100pluswomenwhocarefw and visit www.100pluswomenwhocarefw.org.

Lane 201
I first noticed Lane 201 on Instagram in 2015, a stylishly casual (or casually stylish) women’s clothing company specializing in affordable apparel, footwear and accessories, selling online only but with a local pickup option. But with a new brick and mortar spot, they’re officially open for shoppers in Northeast Indiana. The cute downtown New Haven boutique, co-owned by brother-sister duo Jill and Eric Byanski, opened Feb. 1 with colorful dresses and tops, denim, lively patterned scarves and on-trend shoes and booties. The inventory turns over quickly, with new merchandise landing weekly, so when you see something you love, grab it. Follow @ShopLane201 on Instagram for new arrivals and cute #ootd snaps (that’s “outfit of the day,” in case you don’t already know). Sign up for their newsletter to get first crack at special shopping events and promotions. Lane 201 is open noon-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., noon-6 p.m. Fri. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. at 501 Broadway St. in New Haven. For more information, call (260) 444-9147 or visit www.Lane201.com.

Fusion Yoga
Once a New-Age-y fitness alternative, yoga has become a mainstay for those in pursuit of health, wellness and a bit of zen (whenever and wherever we can get it). Fort Wayne is home to many wonderful yoga studios, each with its own approach and forté. The freshest on the scene is Fusion Yoga, a partnership between two popular local yoginis, Celeste Sexton and Mary Newell, dedicated to offering a premiere hot yoga experience. Fusion’s approach to fitness and wellness includes heated (and non-heated) yoga, Pilates and Zumba, plus classes that feature a combination of principles (that’s where the fusion comes in). Classes vary in intensity, but there’s something for everyone, including seated yoga for those with limited mobility. Fusion Yoga launched with five unique instructors, all with their own specialties, experience and style. Fusion Yoga is open for a rotating schedule of classes and by appointment. While a massive renovation of its Covington Plaza space is under way, visit Fusion Yoga in its temporary space in Suite 6336 within Covington Plaza between GNC and Despos. To learn more, call (260) 442-4434. Read about Fusion Yoga’s philosophy and view a current class schedule by visiting www.fusionyogafw.com.

First appeared in the April 2016 issue of Fort Wayne Magazine.

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