Good Friends Charlotte is a women’s organization supporting individuals and families with financial resources to improve lives and inspire hope.
It all began in 1987 when four good friends put their heads together over lunch. Catherine Browning, Alice Folger, Sally Saussy, and Patty Norman assembled a diverse group of women to serve as the convening committee of what would become known as Good Friends. Good Friends was modeled after Good Fellows, an organization of men who have met every December since 1917. Like Good Friends, they raise funds for those who need help and have exhausted all other agencies and resources. To hear Catherine Browning tell the story is quite amazing… she said that Colonel Pease said, “There’s no WAY you women can raise money like what we do.” Well, that is ALL they needed to hear!
The first event was held on December 8, 1987 at Christ Episcopal Church with a goal of $16,000. With 400 women attending, they doubled their goal raising $32,000. It was the beginning of something special. Since 1987, the organization has continued to grow in size as well as donations, now totalling over $5,000,000.