November 20, 2013

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, the Women’s Fund of the Capital Region honored two outstanding women of achievement at its sixth Trailblazers Awards Luncheon at the Glen Sanders Mansion.

Beth Coco
Entrepreneur in Residence, University at Albany

Christine Standish
President, the Standish Family Foundation

Through their generosity of spirit, and leadership, they have blazed trails to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community.

At this signature event, we also recognized outgoing Chair, Susan Haigh Houpt, for her dedication, leadership and support since our inception in 2006. We take great pride that during Susan’s tenure the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $273,000 in scholarships, emergency funds and grants to help women and girls make meaningful choices that will enhance their futures.

2013 Honorary Committee Co-Chair was Jane Golub. Our Mistress of Ceremonies was Dori Marlin, News Anchor, CBS6.


11:00am – 12:00pm: Registration and Women’s Marketplace

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Luncheon and Program

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Women’s Marketplace

Women’s Marketplace – New to Trailblazers This Year

Support our Women’s Marketplace, a collection of 18 vendors offering unique products. Open during the hour before and the hour after the Trailblazer program. A special chance to get your holiday shopping in before Black Friday!

The Fresh Start Project – Helping women and girls

Following the success of previous collections, the Women’s Fund of the Capital Region again collected several shopping bags brimming with new personal care items for local women and children in domestic violence shelters in the counties served by The Women’s Fund of the Capital Region:

Silent Auctions to Support Our Education Initiative

David Yurman
Color Classics Four-Station Bangles from Frank Adams Jewelers

Faceted crystal, 10 x 8mm

Sterling Silver Cable, 3.3mm wide

Cabochon Gray Moonstone, 10 x 8mm

Sterling Silver Cable, 3.3mm wide

Value: $495 each



An Exclusive Five Course Chef’s Tasting Menu With Wine Pairings for Four At Yono’s Restaurant by critically acclaimed Certified Executive Chef Yono Purnomo

Yono will personally design a special menu for you and your guests.

Chef Sommelier Dominick Purnomo will pair wines to complement the menu.

Value: $500




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Special Thanks

Emcee Dori Marlin; The Glen Sanders Mansion; MicroKnowledge, Inc. for hosting our scholarship recipients; Anthology Studio, Paola A. Bowley Photography and Dietz and Associates, Inc. for their in-kind donations.

Many thanks to our silent auction donors.

Heartfelt thanks to the Women's Fund volunteers, whose commitment, time and energy are the foundation for our success.

Women's Marketplace

Click on an image to go to the vendor's web site.

Angela Britt, Personal Wardrobe Stylist with designer clothing from Los Angeles

Arbonne skin care products, represented by Beth Flanger and Sheila Greene

Bread Empire, represented by Paola A. Bowley and Dominic Rotondi

Bumble Beads Boutique, represented by Karen Macielak


Cookie Cutter Cards, represented by Libbi Guigli

Creative Boxes of Love and Hope, represented by Jane Fairchild

Isagenix/Dynamic Health Solutions, represented by Dale L'Ecuyer

M's Handmades, represented by Meredith Butler

MarEle Boutique Accessories, represented by Mary Jane Hopeck

Mary Kay, represented by Brenda Tholin and Melissa Fiaschetti

Meesh's Marinara, represented by Michelle Moricone

Mialisia Versa Style Jewelry, represented by Leisha Tedford Doherty 

Nerium International, age-defying treatment, represented by Juanita Ecker

Otter Creek Candles, represented by Susan E. Creagan at Enjoy the Soy

RM Irish Jewels, represented by Ronnie McCluskey

Shush Shoes, represented by Melissa O'Reilly

Stella and Dot, represented by Maggie Rush Vinciguerra

Thirty-One Gifts, represented by Velvet Kyle