March 3, 2023

On Friday, March 3, 2023 at Wolferts Roost Country Club, the Women’s Fund of the Capital Region will celebrate and recognize our 2023 Trailblazers and  WERC’s Community Leading Star.

 2023 Trailblazers: These outstanding women of achievement have each blazed trails and impacted the lives of women and girls in our community:

Dr. Gladys I. Cruz
District Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer, Questar III BOCES

 Gwen Wright
Interim Executive Director, New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

2023 WERC’s Community Leading Star: Through her commitment to community service, she makes a positive impact and is a role model for women of all ages:

Hope DeRocha, PHR
The Hopeistic Way - Whole Life Leader - Transformational Coach - Wellbeing Consultant 


Our honorees will present a panel discussion: Igniting the Shero WithinThey will share with us stories from their lives on how they have ignited their inner shero, in a conversation moderated by Benita Zahn, MS, DPS, CHWC.

We will also share stories from The Women’s Fund scholarship winners during the event and updates on our program activities.

Our Honorary Committee Chair is Hon. Dr. Dorcey L. Applyrs, who was recognized as a Trailblazer in 2018.


Honorary Committee Registration Online  By U.S. Mail

We invite you to join the Trailblazers Honorary Committee as an opportunity to invest in the efforts and programs of The Women’s Fund.

Responses received by December 20, 2022 will be recognized in the printed invitation and at the luncheon.

The Fresh Start Project - helping women and girls

Following the success of previous collections, The Women's Fund once again is collecting items at this luncheon to benefit local women and children in domestic violence shelters in the counties served by the fund. Attendees brought the following new items: skin and body care products -- including hotel and store sample sizes, make-up, razors, toothpaste, deodorant. Thank you so much!