Ann Cipriano Rees
MSA SC 3520-16889
Ann Cipriano Rees is a woman of extraordinary caliber
devoted to improving the lives of those in Charles County, Maryland. As a
Rees, an interior designer by trade, has always held volunteer and philanthropy work very close to her heart. As a board member of Habitat for Humanity in the early 1980s, Rees worked hard to collect funding for building homes for the impoverished in
Rees met with the then Governor William Donald Schaefer and other elected officials in the late 1980s to discuss plans to build a shelter devoted to housing battered and abused women in
In 2013, Rees opened the shelter in
In the years prior to opening Gayle’s House, Rees pursued many other volunteer and philanthropy activities related to furthering women in society. She volunteered at a women’s homeless shelter in
The walk, dedicated to Gayle Cooke, aims to raise money for many programs in Southern Maryland that revolve around advancing women, including a scholarship at College of Southern Maryland for survivors of domestic violence in Gayle’s name. Rees was incredibly instrumental in forming and funding this scholarship. In 2013, Rees said that the scholarship committee has “awarded $17,500 in scholarships to 12 courageous women, all survivors of abuse, all taking the next step in their lives to improve their status and be role models for others in the same situation.”6 The walk will celebrate its tenth year in 2014.
Rees’ work stretches beyond furthering women and protecting domestic violence victims, showing her endless level of compassion. After her son died in 2004, Rees found solace at the monastery of the Carmelite nuns of the Carmel Port Tobacco. As a form of thanks to the nuns, Rees began volunteering at and supporting the monastery. She began a fundraising campaign on behalf of the monastery and raised more than $100,000 in less than six months in order to build Mary’s Prayer Garden, a place where all can go to experience the solace and healing that Rees received from her time there.7 Rees’ selfless benevolence is clear through her many different types of volunteer projects.
Although Rees does not devote herself to volunteer work for the recognition, she has received many awards for her extensive work. She was named “
Ann Rees completely dedicates her life to service towards others. She is always striving to help all, especially those who are victims of domestic abuse. Her volunteer work has positively changed the lives of many women who feel helpless and trapped by supplying them with the neccessary resources. Rees is a true humanitarian for women everywhere, and, without a doubt, earns her induction into the 2014 Women’s Hall of Fame.
5. Gretchen Phillips, “Group to hold anti-violence RAVE walk on Saturday; Zonta event planned in memory of Cooke,” SoMD News, October 12, 2011, accessed on June 26, 2014, http://www.somdnews.com/article/20111012/NEWS/710129618&template=southernMaryland. Return to text
6. “10th Annual Zonta RAVE Walk Raises $30,000,” Southern Maryland News Net, November 12, 2013, accessed on June 26, 2014, http://smnewsnet.com/archives/84460/10th-annual-zonta-rave-walk-raises-30000/. Return to text
Biography written by 2014 summer intern Sharon Miyagawa.
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