Cancer Initiative

In 1981, The Charmettes, Incorporated adopted a national thrust to eradicate cancer in our lifetime. In addition to our cancer awareness and education programs, we have contributed more than $600,000 to the Howard University Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., to support cancer research and services. In 2006, the chemotherapy infusion center was named, "The Charmettes, Inc. Gwendolyn B. Rodgers Chemotherapy Infusion Suite", in honor of the Charmettes long term generous support.

Today, The Charmettes, Incorporated is a nationally recognized women’s community service organization known for blazing trails and making a difference in the lives of families in our communities. With 20 chapters active throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., we are poised for even greater accomplishments in the future.

The Charmettes, Incorporated is a national civic organization that had its beginnings when friends Gwendolyn Baker Rodgers and Frankie Drayton Thomas recognized the need for an organization that would bring together women with similar ideas, principles and backgrounds to organize themselves to utilize their skills, talents and resources for community impact. They invited ten of their friends to join them, and on June 17, 1951, the West Palm Beach Charmettes were created.

The Charmettes, Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

If you would like to support the work of The Charmettes, Incorporated your tax deductible contribution can be mailed to:


The Charmettes, Incorporated
45 Clipper Way
Columbia, South Carolina 29229