Circles of Support 2018 Fundraiser – Thank you!

This year’s WGGS member recipient of our Roots & Wings award was Gwynne DeLong, founding member and past President of the Board. Gwynne shared that she was grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the Schenectady community after retiring from teaching for 35 years as well as for the friendships she’s made over the years with fellow volunteers. She gave a particular shout-out to Helga Shroeter, who first encouraged her to volunteer with the Schenectady’s League of Women Voters, where our founders first conceived of the idea for WGGS.

Roots & Wings awards were also presented to some of our most dedicated and skilled facilitators who have showed up for us and for Schenectady Girls every year at Girls’ Day Out. As we approach our 10th GDO, we’re so grateful to them for sharing their time, skills, and hearts with hundred of girls over the years.

Chrys Ballerano • Jean Fei • Shirley Readdean • Bernice Rivera • Diana Suits

Circles of Support Sponsorship

Thanks so much to our generous corporate sponsors for the event:

  • Berkshire Bank
  • Fenimore Asset Management
  • Melissa Riven Mirabile – UBS Financial Services
  • Schenectady Federation of Teachers

We appreciate your support!


Everyone loves trying to win one of our beautiful baskets, and all of our raffle ticket earnings go to support our programs. Thanks to all those who donated items to create these baskets:

Local Businesses:
Blaze Pizza Blue Ribbon Diner Bombers Burrito Bar Bountiful Bread Bumble B Casual Set Civitello’s Complexions Day Spa—Denise DuBois Daley’s on Yates Eastern Mountain Sports • Evoke • Exit 9 Wine & Liquor • Fenimore Asset Management • Flowers by Jo-Ann • G. Willikers • Head to Tail Pet Wellness • Homebrew Emporium • Homestyle Pizza • Hunter’s On Jay • Kimberley’s A Day Spa—Kimberley Comiskey • Mad Jack’s • Majestic Salon • Malcolm’s • Maria’s Cafe • Marriott Harborside • MORE Perreca’s • Mr. Fuji Sushi • Musler’s • Niskayuna Specialty Wines & Liquors • Octavo Singers of Schenectady • Open Door Book Store • Pottery Place • Scotti’s Restaurant • Silver Parrot • Stepping Stone Massage • Starbucks • Tara Kitchen • The Book House • WET Lounge—Tamie Fowler • Yoga Bliss—Mary Clare O’Connor

WGGS Members:

Jane Baldauf Dianne Crozier • Gwynne DeLong • Suzanne DeWald Karen Draper  Louise DiFabbio  Gail Hill Gordon  Kathy Gorman-Coombs
Jeanne Hagerty Laura LaFontaine • Mary Lynn Olbrych Melanie Puorto Conte • Miranda Rand • Kerri Wolf–Piechota