March 3, 2023       Noon-1: 30 p.m.

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.

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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, NBC-HWC, 

Our Honorary Committee Chair is Dr. Dorcey L. Applyrs, a Women's Fund 2018 Trailblazer.

We are also extremely grateful to be announcing the new Kathy Russom Memorial Scholarship.

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. for you to socialize and bid on our Silent Auction. Luncheon and program go from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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We invite you to attend this luncheon as an opportunity to invest in the efforts and programs of The Women’s Fund.

Registration Online  By U.S. Mail

Please respond by February 22, 2023.

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Buy your prize drawing tickets online or at the luncheon. The drawing will be at the end of the event. You need not be present to win.

The Fresh Start Project - helping women and girls

Please bring new items to the luncheon for women and children in local domestic violence shelters: skin & body care, make-up, razors, toothpaste, deodorant products -- including hotel & store sample sizes.

Thank you so much!



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 David and Candace Weir Foundation     14 MOH NEW LOGO V K285     NBT Bank    Unity House LOGO       UAF Logo words purple HIGH RES Partner


Broadview Federal Credit Union    

MVP Health Care    

Saratoga National Bank & Trust Company



Berkshire Bank       Broadview Federal Credit Union      

Crisafulli Bros. Plumbing & Heating Contractors, Inc.        Gretchen Meyer Financial

Hope DeRocha       KeyBank       Meier Law Firm, PLLC       M&T Bank      

Stewart's Shops Corp.      Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation      

TD Bank       The Anderson Group  


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