Thank You for Supporting Our 4th Annual Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle!

WCEF wishes to thank everyone who made 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, Kelley Tuthill, who was charming and funny and spoke so openly of her personal struggles and professional choices.  Her motto to “Get better, not bitter” in her fight with cancer inspired everyone in attendance.   Her daughter Maddie accompanied her mom to the event and helped draw our 16 purse raffle winners.  We thank both Kelley and Maddie for taking time away from family to support the Woburn Public Schools.

And to all those in attendance – thank you for coming to this year’s event, for your generous interest in our raffle, and for you interest in WCEF.  We hope to see you again next year!

Visit Our Event Page for event pictures and the full list of sponsors

 

Always a Purse Raffle Favorite – Kate Spade!

Presenting this cute and oh so functional Jackson Street Harlan Crossbody.  Bold geometric embroidery on hard-wearing denim pairs with rich leather trim on this strikingly elegant purse.  The zip-close fold-over flap isn’t just stylish; it also offers a secure alternative to the more spacious main compartment, making staying organized a snap.

The result? A clever little crossbody with loads of charm that’s ideal for days (and nights) on the go.
Features include:
22″L adjustable strap
Magnetic closure
14k light gold-plated exterior hardware, logo & 1 zip flap compartment
1 interior slip pocket

This purse is part of this year’s Purse Raffle through the generous support of E.G. Barker Lumber

Don’t miss your chance to win this or one of our other fabulous purses up for grabs at our Women’s Forum event!  Get your tickets today!

Visit our Women’s Forum Event Page for more information!

A Coach Satchel Brings A Bit of Sparkle to This Year’s Purse Raffle!

Workwear rivets add a playful edge to this COACH multi-compartment satchel brightened by glitter rose grain leather and fastened with a polished turn-lock tab. Carry it in hand or by the removable shoulder strap.
Handles with 3 1/4″” drop; detachable strap with 23″” drop for shoulder or crossbody wear
Outside slip pocket with turnlock closure
Inside zip and multifunction pockets; center zip compartment

This adorable purse is on on our Raffle Table through the generous sponsorship of Woburn Travel

Remember – you can only win this or one of our other fabulous purses by attending our Women’s Forum Event on October 15th!  

Join Woburn Travel and all our event and purse sponsors in support of innovative new projects in the Woburn Public Schools.

Get your tickets today!

 

This Week’s Featured Purse is Sure to Top Every Teacher’s Wish List!

Teachers, moms, career professionals … What does every stylish paper-laden woman really need?   This Walsh Leather Tote from Micheal Kors in gorgeous peacock blue!

Chic and functional, this Saffiano leather tote features adjustable top handles and a spacious interior to comfortably fit your day-to-day essentials. Gold-Tone hardware, interior and exterior slip pockets.  Carry it from the classroom to boardroom, to coffee or to cocktails with polished ease.

This awesome tote was donated to our Purse Raffle by the Woburn Teachers Association. 

Don’t miss your chance to win this must-have Michael Kors Tote!  Get your tickets today for our October 15th Women’s Forum event!

 

Presenting Our 2017 Purse Raffle Preview

This truly wonderful purse is a Cavalcanti original in calf hair and black Italian leather.  The satchel bag features one large interior pocket with organizer inserts for your phone and essentials.  Leather straps with gold chain details are complemented by an additional cross-body strap.  Details make this bag perfectly stylish for your everyday, and dressy enough for your special nights.

This special purse is sponsored by Winchester Savings Bank.

Remember – You can only win one of these fabulous purses if you attend our Women’s Forum event.  Get your tickets here!

Interior of Bag

Cavalcanti Side 2

 

Support Woburn Public Schools! Get Your Tickets TODAY for the 4th Annual Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle!

We are excited to confirm that award winning journalist, author and inspirational speaker Kelley Tuthill has renewed her commitment to keynote our 4th Annual Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle!  Get your tickets today and join us on Sunday, October 15th at 11 am at the Crest View Plaza in Woburn for a wonderful brunch buffet and raffle of high-end and designer purses, all to support innovative new classroom-based programs in the Woburn Public Schools.

For 18 years, Kelley Tuthill was a well-known and highly-regarded reporter and anchor at WCVB-TV and led the news teams which won several Emmy and National Headliner Awards.   A breast cancer survivor, she poignantly shared her journey with Channel 5 viewers and on-line users. Her series resulted in multiple national Gracie Awards and a regional Emmy. She is the co-author of You Can Do This! Surviving Breast Cancer Without Losing Your Sanity or Your Style. 

Kelley has been recognized as a “Hero Among Us” by the Boston Celtics, a “40 Under 40” by the Boston Business Journal and featured in the book Boston: Inspirational Women for her work on behalf of local and national breast cancer organizations.  She currently serves as Regis University’s first vice president of Public Relations and Communications.  We are so excited to have her as our keynote speaker for our Women’s Forum event!

Since its inception, the Women’s Forum event has directly funded more than $25,000 in Educator Grants, for projects that cannot be funded by the regular school budget.  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 help welcome Kelley 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.  Sponsorship Opportunities are also available.  For more information and to purchase tickets online visit our events page at www.woburnedfoundation.org/fundraising/womens-forum.  For more information call us at 781-281-9589.

Our Purse Raffle Raffle Preview Begins the Week of September 11th!  

Honor Your Special Educator with a 2017 Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute!

Before you know it, school will be out for the summer!  Now is the perfect time to honor and thank your special teacher with a Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute.  This campaign supports Woburn Community Educational Foundation’s Educator Grant Program, which has awarded more than $45,000 directly to Woburn Educators in just three years. A tribute to your awesome Woburn teacher not says “You make a difference”, but also makes a big impact on learning for today’s students!

Any member of the community is encouraged to honor of any current or former educator in the Woburn Public Schools.  Personalized tribute awards will be delivered personally by members of the WCEF board along with your tribute message.  The amount of your contribution is completely confidential.

To participate, simply complete a 2017 WATT Donation Form and mail to WCEF as per the instructions.  Forms can be downloaded and tribute donations made directly via the WCEF website at http://woburnedfoundation.org/fundraising/teacher-tribute/.

The deadline to participate in this year’s Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute is Friday, June 2, 2017.  Questions?  Call us at 781-281-9589.

Winning Home, Inc. Funds Educator Grants

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation (WCEF) is proud to announce the receipt of a $5,000 charitable grant from Winning Home, Inc., to support new programs that address the needs of high-risk students in the Woburn Public Schools.  These funds will be distributed as part of this year’s Educator Grant Program, now open for proposals from Woburn Educators.    

This is the second year that Winning Home, Inc. has partnered with WCEF to provide new educational opportunities for Woburn children.  “This generous gift is an important investment in the potential of our most challenged students”, comments WCEF’s Maureen Willis.  “We are so grateful for the continued support of Winning Home, as part of its mission to serve the needs of Woburn’s disadvantaged children and their families.” 

Woburn Educators are invited to submit proposals for grants now through January 23, 2017.  To learn more about WCEF and our Educator Grants Program at www.woburnedfoundation.org.        

 

Pictured at the check presentation:

WCEF Board Members Brian Teague, Sue Ellen Holland, Executive Director Maureen Willis; Winning Home Treasurer/Director Albert “Chip” Curran, WCEF Board Member Robert E. Maguire, Winning Home Board Chair Thomas Martin, WCEF Board Members Nancy Whalen and Maria Zeqo.

Cummings Foundation Grant Makes a Difference for Woburn Students

In the spring of 2016, WCEF was awarded a “100k for 100” grant from the Cummings Foundation to support the Lexia Program as a pilot initiative in the Woburn Public Schools.  Today, more than 500 children in kindergarten through grade 5, at every elementary school in the district  are using the program to improve their reading skills.  

Over the next five years, the generous support of the Cummings Foundation will help ensure that every child reads at grade level and can achieve their full academic potential as students in the Woburn Public Schools. 

Thank you, Cummings Foundation, for this important investment in our children!

Visit the Cummings Foundation website for more information on their great work to support local nonprofits!

Visit our Educator Grants page to learn more about how WCEF, with the support of our community, is making a difference for students and teachers in the Woburn Public Schools. 

This Street Style Bag from the Frye Company Closes Out Our 2016 Purse Preview!

This Heidi Fringe Bucket Handbag is made of the softest Italian leather, molded and fringed into true street style fodder. With a stylish attitude, this bucket bag upholds the Frye tradition with its impeccable craftsmanship and quality. This is the bag you sling over your shoulder as you run for the bus, grab your morning cup of coffee, or hop on your bike for a great fall ride!

This vintage leather purse was donated to our Purse Raffle by Stanton & Company CPA’s of Woburn.

In total, we have 15 high end and designer purses on our Raffle Table!  Raffle tickets are sold at the event only for $5 each or 6 for $20.

Doors Open for our 3rd Annual Women’s Forum event tomorrow at 11 am!  Get your tickets online NOW or call Maureen at 781-281-9589 to make sure your name gets on the list!   

Tickets to Women’s Forum event are $50 per person and include one entry in our fabulous Purse Raffle.  Additional tickets to the purse raffle are sold at the event only, so secure your seat at the Women’s Forum today! For more information, including online event ticket purchases, visit our Women’s Forum event page!