United Way Holds 1st “Red, White And Chocolate” Bash

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united11If the plan was to have a fundraiser no one could resist especially as we wrestle with cabin fever, than the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council hit the sweet “nail” on the grapevine  “head” Thursday at The Pond House Café at Elizabeth Park.

Its premiere “Red, White and Chocolate” bash had something for everyone including Munson’s chocolate delights, 30 types of wine and a fellowship of women heck-bent on empowering women to take control of their financial healunited14th.

“We want to raise money for our two Family Financial Centers,” explained United Way’s events manager Libby Richardson. “We provide free services and classes and thought an annual fundraiser like this would benefit a good program and offer women a chance to socialize.”

It did and then some as about 150 gals, and a handful of men, took advantage of what some considered the best combination in the world, chocolate and wine.

Among them was Roxanna Smith Booth who had her own fundraiser to pitch, the United Way’s annual “Power of the Purse” luncheon on June 3 at the Connecticut Convention Center. And as she explained this year’s bash Booth was such a name dropper.

“Wunited12e have Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors,” she said, rattling off the list of purse designers whose coveted bags will be featured at the huge silent auction that day.

And who is the speaker at the luncheon that annually draws hundreds?

That would be Oprah’s self-proclaimed favorite guest, author/activist Dr. Tererai Trent.

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