Thank You for Supporting our 5th Annual Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle!

Big thanks to our awesome Woburn community for making this year’s Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle another great success!  Your support helps to fund this year’s Educator Grants, which provides resources for creative classroom-based programs and educational initiatives that support student achievement and that cannot be funded by the regular school budget.

A very special thanks to our featured keynote speaker, Candy O’Terry, who was charming and so very fun!  She spent time at almost every table at the event, and shared with us not only her story, but her “16 Life Lessons” as well.  It is no wonder that so many women turn to her for motivation, support and inspiration.  Thank you, Candy, for donating your time to support our schools!

We appreciate the continued support of our sponsors, whose leadership support ensure our success.  These leaders include our Presenting Sponsor J. Mulkerin Realty, Keynote Sponsors Rick Metters & Maura Embler, and Salem Five Charitable Foundation.  Special thanks also goes to Joe Cuozzo of Bay State Tee Shirt Supply, who donates a Woburn sweatshirt each year for our keynote speaker.

This year’s Purse Raffle was our most successful yet, due to the generous support of our Purse Donors and Sponsors, to include:  Peggy Adams, Joe & Audrey Crowley, G.W. Gately, Little Folks Day School, Robert E & Karen Maguire, the Malcolm White Elementary School Educators and Staff, Michael Martini, Donald & Janet Queenin, Judith Scott, Stanton & Company, CPA’s, Nancy Whalen, Woburn Teachers Association, and Woburn Travel.  Thank you all for this outstanding support!

And a special thank you to all in attendance, for your support of WCEF and the Woburn Public Schools!

View the Photo Gallery on our Women’s Forum Event Page.

See you next year!

We’re Closing Out This Year’s Purse Raffle Preview with the Perfect Purse for You!

The Byrdie purse is perfect on its own–a rounded convertible crossbody with a stylish squared-off flap.  But with this purse, that’s just the beginning.  In basic black crosshatched leather with matching trim and finished with shiny golden hardware, it’s stylish as-is.  The beauty of the new Make it Mine collection is the freedom that it gives you to change and customize this purse–and we’ve purchased two of the easy-to-use snap-on flaps so you can do just that.  This one bag is now an entire accessory wardrobe.

The Byrdie purse features bookstripe print on poly twill lining, a clasp closure, interior slide pocket and exterior slide pocket on back.

Additional flaps can be purchased separately, to make this bag truly yours!

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s Women’s Forum event – purchase your tickets today or email us at contactus@woburnedfoundation.org to let us know you are coming and plan to pay at the door.

Special thanks to Little Folks Day Schools for sponsoring this fabulous purse!

This Coach Bag is a Must-Have this Fall!

Presenting the Edie shoulder bag 31 with blocked leopard print!

Edie combines downtown ease with utility. The soft, slouchy silhouette features a three-compartment interior designed for perfect organization. It’s crafted in smooth calf leather with leopard print panels detailed with rivets for rock ‘n roll attitude.   The quality and style are undeniably Coach, updated to fit your day to evening lifestyle!

Made of refined calf leather, this bag features inside zip and multifunction pockets, and a center zip compartment.  Snap closure, fabric lining.

This purse is just one of 15 we will have on the Raffle Table at our 5th Annual Women’s Forum and Purse Raffle!  The event is just one week away, so get your tickets today! Every event ticket includes one free raffle ticket – and your only chance to win!

Special thanks to Michael Martini for sponsoring this purse in our Purse Raffle.

This Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Leather Tote is Sure to be a Purse Raffle Favorite!

Jet setters, take note: this sophisticated tote is the ultimate travel companion. Crafted in signature black Saffiano leather, it sports a look that’s chic yet understated. A multitude of pockets keeps you organized, while the top-zip design ensures your essentials stay put, wherever you may go.

The tote features silver-tone hardware, 2 exterior pockets, a padded tablet sleeve, 2 open pockets and a key fob.  10″ drop handles, fully lined in polyester, with a zip top closure.

This perfect bag for any busy lady on the go was donated to our Purse Raffle by the Woburn Teachers Association.

Get your tickets today to our 5th Annual Women’s Forum event for your chance to win this great tote, or 14 other purses up for grabs in this year’s Purse Raffle.  Join us at the Woburn Country Club on Sunday, October 21 to meet Candy O’Terry, take a chance on our fabulous Purse Raffle, and help raise funds for new projects in the Woburn Public Schools.

Our 2018 Purse Raffle Preview Continues with Kate Spade On Purpose

We just love this embellished  pink leather crossbody – and so will you!  This adorable purse features flowers in shades of pink with rhinestones, to add some sparkle to any ensemble.

This bag, like all purses in the On Purpose line,  was made by hand and the tag signed by the artisan.  We are proud to have this beautiful bag on our raffle table this year – thanks to the sponsorship of Robert E. & Karen Maguire.

If you MUST HAVE this bag, then you MUST COME to our 5th Annual Women’s Forum and Purse Raffle!  Join us on October 21st to welcome Candy O’Terry to Woburn, take a chance on some fabulous designer purses AND support new programs in the Woburn Public Schools!  Get your tickets today!

 

More about the Kate Spade On Purpose line:

On Purpose supports women-led businesses in underserved communities to make this line of unique handbags.  These women, in turn, empower each other and their families and transform their communities.

In 2014, Kate Spade New York began working with a group of 150+ talented artisans in Masoro, Rwanda. Since then, these women have built a thriving self-run business and they produce all of our on purpose label accessories. their success is re-shaping the lives of 20,000 people in their community.

Presenting our 2018 Purse Raffle Preview – We open with a must-have tote by A. Bellucci

You will love this stunning black and white A. Bellucci Pelletterie tote with removable interior!  The exterior is stylish and timeless Ruga leather.  The interior is made of beautiful and durable fabric in a herringbone stripe that will handle day-to-day use as well as special occasions.    Made in Italy.

This lovely bag could be yours, but only if you join us on Sunday, October 21st for our 5th Annual Women’s Forum and Purse Raffle!  Your event ticket gets you one free entry in our purse raffle, and additional tickets will be sold at the event only.  Get your tickets today! 

This fabulous bag is generous sponsored by Woburn Travel.

 

Candy O’Terry to Keynote 5th Annual Women’s Forum Event!

Beloved Broadcaster, Accomplished Recording Artist and Award-winning President and Co-Founder of Women In Boston Media & Entertainment Candy O’Terry is coming to Woburn!  WCEF is proud to announce that Candy will be the special guest and featured keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle, set for Sunday, October 21st at the Woburn Country Club.

This annual event raises funds to support WCEF’s Educator Grants Program, which inspires Woburn teachers to bring creative new programs to our schools.  All proceeds from this year’s event will support grants awarded during this school year and make an immediate difference for today’s students.

Support our schools and join us as we welcome Candy to Woburn! Event tickets are $50 each, which includes one free entry in our fabulous purse raffle.  Additional Raffle tickets will be sold at the event only for $5 each or 6 for $20.  Sponsorships are also available at all levels.  For more information and to purchase tickets online visit our website at www.woburnedfoundation.org/fundraising/womens-forum.  For more information, call WCEF at 781-281-9589.

Presenting the 2018 Woburn’s Awesome Teachers!

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation is pleased to present the impressive list of Woburn Educators honored this year with a Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute.  In total, 188 tributes were received for 151 educators, raising $4325 to support the Educator Grants Program.

We wish to thank the Woburn community for their generous support of this important program, which not only raises important funds for the Woburn Public Schools, but also reminds our awesome teachers that their efforts are noticed and appreciated by their colleagues, community, students and families, both past and present.

The mission of the Woburn Community Educational Foundation is to increase private investment and community involvement in the Woburn Public Schools.  Our goal is to support educational programs and initiatives that empower teacher creativity and drive innovation in the classroom beyond that which is possible with public dollars.  We are a volunteer organization which works to bring new resources to our schools.

To view the full picture gallery, visit www.woburnedfoundation.org/teacher-tribute

WCEF Updates Community on 2018 Accomplishments and Announces Woburn Hall of Fame

Each year the WCEF is invited to attend a meeting of the Woburn School Committee to provide an update on the past year’s activities and news of future projects.  We are proud to this report with the Woburn community.

Educator Grants:  This year, through the generosity of our community, for the first time we were able to fund 100% of the grant requests received through our Educator Grant Program.  In total, more than $23,000 has been gifted to the schools to support 27 new and innovative projects; WCEF funds are now at work supporting Woburn educators at every school in the district.

In just four years, the Woburn Community Educational Foundation has raised funds in excess of $175,000 and invested these resources back into our schools.  Our Educator Grants Program has funded 75 new school based projects that could not be funded by the regular school budget.  Winning Home, a local foundation formed to support programs for Woburn children, has invested a total of $20,000 specifically to support new initiatives for our most at-risk students.  In year 2 of our Cummings Foundation “100k for 100” grant, almost 500 children in grades K-5 at every elementary school in the district continue to improve their reading skills with the Lexia Program.  And again this year, every kindergarten student received a brand new book as a way to welcome them to our schools and encourage reading in the home.

All that we have accomplished has only inspired us to do more. During this past year members of the WCEF Board joined with members of the administration at WMHS to forge a partnership to develop a new program to benefit our schools:  a Woburn Hall of Fame for Achievement, Community Contributions and Athletics.

Woburn Memorial High School has a proud and distinguished tradition of educational excellence and athletic achievement.  This Hall of Fame has been established to recognize those individuals whose integrity, achievements, sportsmanship and character have enhanced the overall educational experience of our youth, and inspired pride in our community.

The Woburn Hall of Fame will honor contributions in sports, and will include categories for individual athletes, teams, coaches, and community members.  It will also honor distinguished alumni who have achieved remarkable success in industry or have made outstanding contributions to society.

In the fall of 2018, the Woburn Hall of Fame will open for nominations from our community. Details on the guidelines and the application process will be made public at that time.  The first slate of candidates to be inducted will be announced in the Spring of 2019, with formal ceremonies in June.

We look forward to bringing our community an event that will duly honor those who have sustained Woburn Memorial High School’s proud and distinguished tradition of educational excellence and athletic achievement as well as invest in the next generation of outstanding scholars and athletes.

WCEF Announces 2018 Educator Grant Awards

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our 2018 grant awards to support exciting new projects in the Woburn Public Schools.  Through the generosity of our community, $19,012 was granted to support 22 diverse classroom-based, whole-school and district-wide initiatives designed to engage students in interactive learning.  These funds will purchase innovative learning tools, provide professional development opportunities for teachers, deliver classroom technology enhancements and new educational enrichment programs, all to support the academic success of today’s students.

“We were truly impressed by the quality of the proposals we received this year,” comments WCEF Executive Director Maureen Willis, “These requests reflect the real needs of our schools and the commitment of our educators to provide high-quality and meaningful learning experiences for all our students.  We are proud to support their great ideas.”

Special thanks to Reading Cooperative Bank for providing sponsorship support for the Educator Grants Program for the second consecutive year.  We are also grateful for the increased investment by Winning Home Foundation in the potential of Woburn students; this partnership support will fund eight of the grants awarded this year.

WCEF is a nonprofit organization formed to increase private investment and community involvement in the Woburn Public Schools.  Grant funds support new projects that cannot be funded by the regular school budget. WCEF raises funds in the community through our spring Awesome Teacher Tribute and fall Women’s Forum event.  To help make a difference in our schools, contact WCEF at 781-281-9589 or email us at contactus@woburnedfoundation.org.

View more pictures from the grant awards at on our Facebook page!