In 2018, The Women's League of Reading (WLR) hit a record fundraising goal of over $28K to support a diverse range of organizations including educational programs, public services, and local families in need.
“This is by far our favorite time of the year,” said Erin Sinclair, Women’s League president. “After our fundraisers are over and we get to deliver checks to truly deserving organizations across Reading that impact each and every resident. We are lucky to be part of such a supportive community and look forward to continuing our work in years to come.”
Over 30 recipients received contributions from the Women’s League in 2018, including RMHS scholarships, holiday meals at Sandborn Place, the Robotics team, Reading Coalition against Substance Abuse, and YMCA camp scholarships. Annual commitments were also made to the Reading Police Department to fund the R.A.D. self-defense training, the Reading Fire Department, Elder Services, library museum passes, and many more. A highlight this year was partnering with Understanding Disabilities to present an inspirational community event with Mandy Harvey, a deaf singer/songwriter.
Members of the Women's League of Reading, MA were busy at work on Saturday night, serving dinner to guests at the Dwelling Place Soup Kitchen in Woburn, MA. They had a few little helpers too!
On May 19th, the Women's League of Reading, MA is excited to sponsor an inspirational event with Mandy Harvey, presented by Understanding Disabilities, Inc.
Mandy Harvey is an American singer and songwriter; she is also deaf. She was awarded the "Golden Buzzer" on America's Got Talent in 2017 and received the Invisible Disabilities Association Inspiration Award.
Mandy will present her incredible story of overcoming obstacles and achieving her dreams, which has inspired people around the world. Save the Date: May 19th at 4pm at Parker Middle School.
Admission is Free.
Buy tickets here: wlrtrivianight.eventbrite.com
On Saturday February 3rd, the Women’s League of Reading, MA hosted their annual Winter Dance Fundraiser - a tradition dating back over 50 years. 230 local residents attended the event at the Crest View Plaza in Woburn to raise money for charities, scholarships, and social needs in the Reading area. This is the Women’s League’s largest fundraising event of the year, netting over $20K in one night from corporate sponsors, tickets, raffles, and silent auction items. The Women's League has been able to grow their annual fundraising significantly over the past few years which results in disbursements to over 30 local organizations including elder services, school PTOs, college scholarships, Reading Food Pantry, and Understanding Disabilities.
Women's League President, Erin Sinclair, shared the history and evolution of the organization that began in 1950. "Fundraising methods have changed with the times - Cookbooks in the 50s, Fashion Shows in the 80s- but the mission to support the Reading community has remained the same."
Special thanks were given to the evening’s Platinum sponsor, Done Right Services (Billerica, MA), as well as the generous local area businesses that continue to support this event every year.
Among the hottest items in the silent auction: a necklace donated by Simm's Jewelers, custom Tom Brady artwork by local resident Michael Kelly, a photo session with Katherine Henry photography and Tada Makeup, a private ride to school in a police cruiser donated by the Reading Police Department, a day on the set of This Old House, and many more valuable items and gift cards from our charitable community.
Members of the Women's League and their families enjoyed serving Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner to senior residents at the Sandborn Place.
The Women's League of Reading sponsored this fun "Toast of the Town" themed tree at the annual Reading Education Foundation Festival of Trees event.
Over $4,500 was raised this year at the Women's League of Reading's 3rd annual Halloween fundraiser held at the Wakefield Lodge of Elks on Friday, October 27th. Approximately 270 Reading residents and guests competed in the costume contest with winners in 3 categories:
Individual: Mexican Wrestler
Couple: Hall and Oats
Group: Golden Girls
The Women's League donated $2,000 to the Reading Police and continuing efforts to enhance women's safety.
Chief Mark D. Segalla said Thursday that the Young Women's League of Reading has donated $2,000 to benefit the Reading Police Department's ongoing efforts to enhance women's safety.
The donation will support the Reading Police's Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program, which is part of an internationally respected network of instructors committed to providing women with life-saving self defense skills.
“The Young Women's League of Reading is proud to support important programs in town, including the R.A.D. program for women and high school girls that is run by the Reading Police Department," said Erin Gaffen, Young Women's League of Reading President.
"We are extremely grateful to the Young Women's League for their commitment to the R.A.D. program in Reading." Chief Segalla said. "We rely on donations like theirs because they play such a large role in making this program possible."