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."
Another great Festival of Trees event hosted by the Reading Education Foundation. The Women's League donated a Great Gatsby themed tree.