The Sherwin-Williams Women's Club Celebrating 100 Years of Dedicated Service Awards Cleveland's Providence House a $15,000 gift for Children in Crisis

CLEVELAND, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A little known gem within The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is The Sherwin-Williams Women's Club which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.  The Club was formed in 1911 to offer women a chance to share interests and make a positive difference in our communities.  

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An anniversary celebration will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in downtown Cleveland.  

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary, an inaugural $15,000 "Ever Forward gift in honor of Belle Sherwin" was presented this morning to Providence House from the Women's Club and the Sherwin-Williams Foundation.  Belle Sherwin was the daughter of Henry Sherwin, founder of The Sherwin-Williams Company.

Providence House, founded in 1981, is Ohio's first and one of the longest operating crisis nurseries in the U.S. and Canada today offering emergency shelter and care to children who are actively at risk for abuse and neglect due to family crisis.  More than a shelter for at-risk children, the agency offers holistic services for children and their families including education, mentoring, case management and aftercare focused on family reunification and preservation.

The purpose of the Sherwin-Williams Women's Club is to engage in philanthropic endeavors and to provide a climate where members can expand their leadership talents and develop an awareness of community needs.  Over the years, thousands of women have made significant contributions to the club.

Since their first 25-member philanthropic project in 1912 to today, with over 300 members, their motto of "Ever Forward" remains true to their commitment of helping others.  The Women's Club assists non-profit health and human services organizations within the community as well as national organizations during times of crisis.

Christopher M. Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Sherwin-Williams Company, said, "The Sherwin-Williams Women's Club is a terrific service group of dedicated associates that embody the company's values of commitment to our communities and reaffirms our Culture of Excellence and Guiding Values: Integrity, People, Service, Quality, Performance, Innovation and Growth. Their talent, creativity, enthusiasm, and warm hospitality has made a positive difference in the lives of people in need."

Karen Heil, President of The Sherwin-Williams Women's Club, said, "Our membership is very excited to celebrate our rich history and extend a helping hand to Providence House."

Natalie Leek-Nelson, Chief Executive Officer and President of Providence House, said, "We are so very grateful to The Sherwin-Williams Women's Club for the many years of support they have offered in helping us provide a nurturing home to children in crisis and are truly honored to be the inaugural recipient of their Ever Forward gift."

Additional Background

Providence House

Providence House, founded in 1981, is Ohio's first and one of the longest operating crisis nurseries in the U.S. and Canada today offering emergency shelter and care to children who are actively at risk for abuse and neglect due to family crisis.  More than a shelter for at-risk children, the agency offers holistic services for children and their families including education, mentoring, case management and aftercare focused on family reunification and preservation.

http://www.provhouse.org/

30th Anniversary "Shades of Blue" Luncheon Welcomes Jim Brickman

Where: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

When: April 28th12-1:30pm

Celebrate Providence House's 30th Anniversary and enjoy a special guest performance by Jim Brickman and more! Doors open at 11:30am, luncheon begins at noon.

Tickets are $85/person. No tickets are mailed in advance; guest names are held at the Registration Area in the lobby outside the Ballroom on the day of the event. Free Self Parking is available in the Tower City Center Garage. Bring your ticket with you for validation.  Paid Parking is available in the Renaissance Garage.

http://www.provhouse.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=33&Itemid=68

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers.

S-W is the USA's #1 paint and coatings company; #3 in the world.

The company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson's® Water Seal®, and many more.

With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 3,390 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company's other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors.

The Sherwin-Williams Global Group distributes a wide range of products in 109 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.sherwin.com.

Contact:
Mike Conway
Sherwin-Williams
Director Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
Direct: 216-515-4393
Pager: 216-422-3751
mike.conway@sherwin.com

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