The Women’s League of Reading (WLR) had another successful year in 2018-2019 and was able to disburse over $27K back into the community to support a diverse range of organizations including public services, educational programs, and local families in need. “We love bringing people together and we love helping our community,” said Julie Silbovitz, Women’s League president. “We’re extremely fortunate to have generous guests, as well as sponsors, that enable us to raise this high level of funds which we can share”.
The League did more targeted donations this year with all net proceeds from our Halloween Party going to "Connor’s Canine" and all net proceeds from our Spring Event, a country-themed night under the stars, going to the Dixon Family. The year’s main fundraiser, an annual formal dinner dance and silent auction enabled WLR to make contributions to 28 recipients across the community. Guests dined, danced, and made off with some amazing auction packages that members spent months securing from local businesses and organizations.
Some of the 28 recipients who received contributions from the Women’s League in 2019, 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.
WLR has recently kicked off the 2019-2020 season, it’s 70th since the Young Women’s League’s founding in 1950. The giving spirit continued when members voted to make a donation to the Camille Anthony “Service is Timeless” street clock fund. Mrs. Anthony was a long-time member of the Young Women’s League of Reading during the 1980s and early 1990s and a prime example of the spirit of community service that WLR strives to embody. Current WLR members are already hard at work planning fundraising events, securing sponsors, and thinking of ways to help our town. If you have any feedback or would like more information about the Women’s League of Reading please visit our website wlreading.org.
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