The Women’s League of Reading hosted another successful fundraising event on Friday October 18th at the Wakefield Lodge of Elks. The 5th annual Halloween Spooktacular raised over $3,500 for the League’s annual fund to be distributed in June at the conclusion of their fund-raising year. Past recipients have included local scholarships, Understanding Disabilities, Reading Education Foundation, Reading’s Police & Fire Departments, school PTOs, and Reading Elder Services. Special thanks to our event sponsors Susan Gormandy at Classified Realty Group, C.E. Floyd Company & Ravens Family Dental.
Attendees really outdid themselves this year with costumes. The competition was fierce but three winners emerged victorious: A Christmas Tree literally lit up the room for best individual costume, A Royal Tenenbaum themed get-up was crowned best couple, and The Elton Johns rocketed to the top of the charts for best group costume.
The Women’s League of Reading has been a fixture in Reading since 1950 with many notable women contributing to its success over the years. As the League approaches its 70th year of giving back to the community they encourage members of the community to do the same. Their biggest fundraising event of the year will be the Annual Gala and Silent Auction being held on March 7th, 2020. Please contact the President of the Women's League, Julie Silbovitz, at email@example.com if your business is interested in sponsoring this event or donating items to the auction.
If you’re interested in donating to or learning more about the Women’s League of Reading please follow them on Facebook @WLReadingMA, Instagram @womensleaguereading, or visit their website WLReading.org.
Andrea Gerber’s Christmas Tree Costume
Couple Costume Award Winners The Royal Tenenbaums
Left to right: Beth & Matt Hudson
Group Costume Award Winners The Elton Johns
Left to right: Chris Feudo, Meghan Champagne, Peter Waterman, Natalie Cusato
The Women's League 5th Annual Halloween Spooktacular is coming soon so grab your favorite costume or Halloween outfit! There will be a cash bar, raffle, food, and prizes for best individual, couple, and group costumes.
Date: Friday, October 18th
Time: 8:00 pm - Midnight
Location: Wakefield Lodge of Elks
Tickets: $25 per person
Buy your tickets now before it sells out!
A huge thank you to our sponsors!
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.
It was a beautiful summer evening by the pool at Bellevue Golf Club when the Women’s League of Reading hosted it’s Night Under the Stars fundraising event on Saturday June 1st. Guests dined al fresco, watched the Bruins clinch game 3 of Stanley cup playoffs, and bid on raffle baskets from Pamplemousse in Reading and a handmade American flag sign donated by Ken Lyons of Reading. The Andrew McManus Band kept spirits high and everyone dancing.
The best part of the evening was coming together to raise money to support a local family who lost their husband and father unexpectedly this year. Chris Dixon was a familiar face to many in Reading as he raised his 4 children with his wife Melissa. “It takes a village, in good times and in bad” remarked incoming Women’s League President, Julie Silbovitz. Women’s League is proud to bring that village together to support a valued community member and their family. We couldn’t do it without our guests and sponsors. Thank you to all who attended and a special thanks to Hudson Contracting Co and Anna’s Homemade Garlic Salts for sponsoring the event. Thanks for helping us kick off summer so successfully!
The Women’s League of Reading is hosting a kick off to summer cookout at the Bellevue Golf Club on Saturday June 1st. We’ve lined up some stellar live music courtesy of Andrew McManus Band, www.andrewmcmanusband.com. There will be bbq food served poolside and a cash bar stocked with your favorite summer libations. Tickets are $40 per person and proceeds from the event will benefit the Dixon Family of Reading along with other organizations and individuals in need in the greater Reading community. Contact a Women’s League of Reading member to purchase tickets.
The Women’s League of Reading took their guests “Back to Prom” on Saturday January 26th when they hosted their annual Winter Gala and Silent Auction at the Crowne Plaza in Woburn. This event has been a tradition in the Reading community for decades and enables the Women’s League to raise money for charities, scholarships, and social needs in the Reading area. With the help of their corporate sponsors and generous donations from businesses in the community the league raised over $17,000 to disburse to local organizations. Past recipients include elder services, school PTOs, the police and fire department, college scholarships, the Reading Food Pantry, and Understanding Disabilities.
Over 200 guests attended the Gala, many of whom embraced the Prom theme and came dressed up in their favorite prom looks from years gone by. The newly renovated Crowne Plaza was the perfect back drop for a fun-filled night that included a buffet dinner, photobooth with prom themed props, DJ and dancing, balloon arch, and an impressive Silent Auction. Some of the more popular auction items included a Stowe Mountain Lodge Getaway, a ride to school in a police car, a State House Tour, an on-set experience at This Old House, and a signed Tuukka Rask Jersey. Having fun and being charitable were the order of the evening.
Grab a corsage and join the Women’s League of Reading at the 2019 Annual Winter Gala. This year's theme is "Return to Prom"!
The Women’s League of Reading held their 4th annual Halloween Spooktacular at the Wakefield Lodge of Elks on Friday October 26th. The event proceeds netted over $4.6K to benefit Connor’s Canine Fund and will be used towards to purchasing a Seizure Response dog for a Reading student with refractory epilepsy. “We’re so pleased that so many Reading residents, over 230, came together to have a good time and support great cause,” said Erin Sinclair, Women’s League president. Additional event sponsorship was provided by Condon Sullivan Wealth Management & Planning and C.E. Floyd Company. Both companies are run by Reading residents and went the extra mile to support Connor’s Canine.
All the costumes were unique and creative but three costume contest winners emerged: Zoltar the Great mesmerized for best individual, G.L.O.W. wrestlers pinned down best couple, and Juke Box Hero topped the charts for best group costume.
MORE ABOUT DONATIONS TO CONNOR'S CANINE
Connor is an 8 year old boy with refractory (uncontrolled, drug resistant) epilepsy. He is also Jack and Sean’s little brother, a Thomas the Tank Engine fan and an aspiring soccer player.
Unfortunately, despite taking a host of medications, Connor’s tonic clonic (grand mal) seizures are still very frequent. His seizures can also occur at any time of day or night. Connor is at an increased risk for SUDEP because of his uncontrolled epilepsy. A Seizure Response dog will assist Connor’s family with managing his care. To make a direct donation, please visit the Connor's Canine GoFundMe Page.
The Women's League 4th Annual Halloween Spooktacular is coming soon so grab your costume, mask or broom! There will be a cash bar, raffle, food and prizes for best costume.
When: Friday October 26th 8pm-midnight
Where: Wakefield Lodge of Elks
Tickets: $25 per person
All of the net proceeds will go to the Connor's Canine campaign to acquire a Seizure Response dog to assist Connor’s family with managing his care.
Buy your tickets now before it sells out! This year we have setup online payment for your convenience. wlr-spooktacular.eventbrite.com
A huge thank you to our Platinum sponsor, Condon and Sullivan Wealth Management & Planning, and our Gold sponsor, C.E. Floyd Company.
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.
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