Wine with Wings 2020

Our fourth annual Wine with Wings fundraiser went virtual this year—a first for us! While we were disappointed to not be able to celebrate together in person, we were thrilled by the outpouring of support and generosity from the community. Guests joined us from near and far, all from the comforts of home, as Gunnar Mossblad, a local Grammy-nominated jazz musician, kicked off our live stream event with some beautiful tunes. The evening’s program highlighted some of the inspiring women we have served, including a moving testimonial from Cheryl, a Wings client who found herself unexpectedly needing our services during a time of transition in her life.

Our most successful Wine with Wings to date, this event raised over $40,000 to empower women in our community by equipping them with clothing essentials and job readiness advice.

We want to extend a special thank you to the following groups and individuals who made the evening possible:

Harvest Ridge Winery: Kristi and Erin from Harvest Ridge Winery joined us remotely from their tasting room in Toughkenamon, PA, to share some wine and food pairings. Harvest Ridge Winery is continuing to offer a special promotion. Now through July 7th, they will donate 10% of all wine purchases back to Wings for Success! Be sure to mention Wings for Success when ordering by phone: 484-915-2190 or through their website, https://shop.harvestridgewinery.com/

Our volunteers. Kelly Quant, Wings Kennett Square Program Manager, took a moment to recognize our amazing volunteers. From packing bags of emergency clothing for our clients working on the front lines to facilitating virtual workshops to providing one-on-one advice, our volunteers have allowed us to continue providing our services during these uncertain times. 

Sponsors, donors and guests. Thank you to all of our sponsors, the local businesses that donated auction items and all who participated in our online auction and live stream event. Your generosity has made it possible for us to continue our mission…to empower women in need to pursue employment and economic security through apparel, advice and advocacy.

If you were unable to join our live stream event, click here to view a recording.

Thank you to our Wine with Wings Committee!

Despite the challenges of having to transition our annual Wine with Wings fundraiser from an in-person wine tasting experience to an at-home virtual event, the incredible team of staff and volunteers on our Wine with Wings Committee made this year’s event the most successful one to date. From securing sponsorships to delivering wine packages and silent auction items to gathering family and friends to support our event, our committee members worked together to create an inspirational evening, showing our community the impact we have on the lives of the women we serve. Thank you to our Wine with Wings Committee for your dedication to our mission and commitment to the women we serve.

In the weeks leading up to Wine with Wings, we created the following series of videos highlighting our clients, volunteers, sponsors and supporters.
Watch to see a few women who found help & guidance at Wings.
Watch how our Wings volunteers had an impact on one client’s life.
Watch to hear our Wine with Wings sponsors share why they support us and the women we serve.
Watch to see some of our Wings volunteers and supporters who give so generously to our organization.

Wings & Wheels 2019

On the beautiful fall evening of Friday, October 11, we celebrated our first annual Wings & Wheels at Vanguard ID Systems and the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA. 190 generous Wings supporters joined us for an exciting evening of luxury cars, a silent auction, and live music!

The evening began with our VIP Event at Vanguard ID Systems, where guests had an opportunity to test drive high performance cars including Porsches 911 & 718, Maseratis Quattroporte & Levanti and go for a ride-along in a McLaren or Lamborghini. Guests also enjoyed appetizers, tastings of spirits by Manatawny Distilling Company and entertainment by DJ Moore Music.

Wings for Success Staff (from L to R): Jill Laufenberg (Executive Director), Laura Szilier (Communications Specialist), Diane Mills (Frazer Program Manager), & Kelly Lynch (Kennett Square Program Manager).

Our main event, held at The American Helicopter Museum, featured the classic rock stylings of “The Blue Sky Band”, beer courtesy of Victory Brewing Company and delicious food from The Meat House Chadds Ford. Guests continued to enjoy test drives and a car corral, all while bidding on an enticing array of silent auction items. Wings Executive Director, Jill Laufenberg, shared the importance of how community support benefits the women we serve and allows Wings to expand our services throughout Chester County and the surrounding areas. Special guest, Damaris Pagan, from the Maternal and Child Health Consortium, also shared her experience as both a client of Wings and as a local partner who refers woman in need of our services. It was a successful, fun evening and we are grateful to all who supported Wings by volunteering, making donations, sponsorships, and as guests!

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their donation of products, services, and funds to support this fundraiser.
We couldn’t do what we do without your help!

RDS Automotive Group / Porsche of the Main Line
Vanguard ID Systems
The Blue Sky Band
Moore Music
Pickering Valley Feed and Farm Store
Manatawny Still Works
Victory Brewing Company

Monarch Butterfly Sponsor
IMC Construction

Viceroy Butterfly Sponsors
Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Michael & Lorrie Fetrow
Mert & Susan Gilbert
Jane Tumpson & Reed Pyeritz

Social Butterfly Sponsors
Randi & Carl Bushner
C. Rose Coaching
Lisa M. Pedrick, DMD
MacElree Harvey
Rachel & Daniel Quigley
Rainer & Company

Blue Butterfly Sponsors
Citadel
Jacqueline Cody Downing
Jackie & Tom Crego
Michael & Karen D’Allaird
Nancy & Jeffrey Dore
Eyeworks Vision Care
Lionville Family Dentistry
Monarch Staffing

Wine with Wings 2019

Our 3rd annual wine tasting event, Wine with Wings, was held May 2 at Kennett Square Golf and Country Club where guests enjoyed wines from local winery 1723 Vineyards, food pairings, a silent auction, “wine grab” and Live Ask.  A special addition to the entertainment this year was a Jazz Trio of musicians from Rustin High School. The musicians added extra energy and fun to the evening!  

L to R: Randi Bushner (Wine with Wings Committee Co-Chair), Jill Laufenberg (Wings Executive Director) and Bonnie Long (Wine with Wings Committee Co-Chair).

Wine with Wings was a great success and we are grateful to all
those who contributed their time, talent, in-kind and financial donations. The
funds raised at Wine with Wings support our Kennett Square location and help
Wings for Success serve vulnerable women in the Southern Chester County and
Wilmington areas.  That support and
generosity make it possible for us to continue our mission…to empower women in
need to pursue employment and economic security through apparel, advice and
advocacy. 

WITH SINCERE THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO OUR SPONSORS:

Catwalk for Wings 2019

An amazing evening of fashion and charity at Catwalk for Wings!

In a stunning location adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble floors and gorgeous gowns, the elegant setting of Van Cleve Pavilion served as the backdrop to a fun evening. Catwalk for Wings featured professional models wearing bridal wear and spring fashions from local boutiques, while attendees enjoyed complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres, and had a chance to win prizes at our high-end raffle.

A very special thank you to The Van Cleve Pavilion, Van Cleve Bridal and Evening, Ellie Mainline, KW Couture, Sagets Formal Wear and our emcee, Ashley Meyers, owner of Main Line Fashionista, for your generosity in presenting an amazing evening of fashion and fun.

We would also like to thank everyone for attending and for their generous donations. We’re so thankful to have amazing friends that go above and beyond to help the women in our community become financially independent by supporting the mission of Wings for Success.

Read more about this exciting event as published by Susan Scovill: Van Cleve Pavilion stages a dazzling fashion show with proceeds going to Wings for Success

(Photo Credit: Susan Scovill) Alexandra Bottos of Alex and Eve, Diane Oliva of Ellie, Deborah Van Cleve of Van Cleve Bridal and Evening wear, Ashley Meyers (Main Line Fashionista), Bonnie Long and Jill Laufenberg all of Wings for Success and Dina Bottos of Alex and Eve.
Photo Credit: Susan Scovill

Celebrate Success: The Wings 20th Anniversary Gala

We would also like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous donations of goods and services for the Wings 20th Anniversary Gala. Your contributions will help continue the mission of Wings.

When choosing where to do business, please consider the following businesses that support Wings and your community.

ACAC, West Chester
Agway, West Chester
David Akers
Charles & Debbie Albano
Amulet, Avalon, NJ
Amy’s Cake Kitchen, West Chester
Atomos Photography, Pottstown
Autumn Snow Flowers
Avante Day Spa, West Chester
Bakers of Buffington, Downingtown
Barley Sheaf Players, Exton
Linda Bluebello, Volunteer
Andrea & Leonard Bonacci
Buca di Beppo, Exton
Broad Run Golfer’s Club, West Chester
Calista Grand Salon & Spa, West Chester
Chester County Night School
Christopher’s, Malvern
Cigar Cigars, Frazer
Citadel Federal Credit Union
Clays Creative Corner Bakery, Berwyn
Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville
Mary Selan & Thomas Cosgrove
Costco
Cycle Bar, Exton
D’Anjolell Memorial Home
Tracy Davidson, NBC10
Desmond Hotel, Malvern
Devon Fine Art LLC
Dia Doce Gourmet Cupcakes, West Chester
Dianne Herrin, Mayor of West Chester
Donna Hare, Volunteer
Bill Henley, NBC10
Edie’s Sweet and Savory Pastries, West Chester
Ellie Main Line, Wayne
Englund’s Men’s Apparel, Malvern
Joe Fabrizio
General Warren Inne, Malvern
Giant Food Stores
Bonnie Gregus
Hershey’s Mill Golf Club, West Chester
Al Iacocca, Board Member
Patti Insetta-Rath, Board Member
I Love Kickboxing, Exton
Il Granaio, Phoenixville
Integrative Health, West Chester
Jane Chalfant/Kiki Boutique, West Chester
Jane Nautetel, Avalon
Joseph Anthony Salon, Glen Mills
Julian Krinsky School of Tennis
Kimberton Inn, Kimberton
Kramer Portraits
Dan Kropp
LaCabra, Berwyn
Jill Laufenberg, Executive Director
LaVerona, Kennett Square
Lauren’s Hair Salon, Wayne
Longwood Gardens
Louella’s, Malvern
Main Line Dermatology, West Chester
Main Line Fashionista, Ashley Meyers
Main Line Nails, Wayne
Mary Kay Consultant: Colleen Robustelli
Michael & Joyce Murphy, Carisma
Movie Tavern, Exton
Nieman Marcus, King of Prussia
Otto’s BMW, West Chester
Ambarish Patel, Volunteer
Penn Cinema Riverfront, Wilmington
Pennswood Winery
Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia
People’s Light, Malvern
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Philadelphia Zoo
Philly Pops
Phineas Gage, West Chester
Pisano & Son Shoe Repair, Phoenixville
Kathie Pitocchelli
Posh Collections, Malvern
Pure Barre, Wayne
Kathy Quay, Board Member
R. Weinrich German Bakery, Newtown Square
Reading Fightin’ Phils
Ron’s Original Bar & Grille
Sacred Centers East Yoga & Wellness
Salt Performing Arts, Chester Springs
Sanctuary Spa, Paoli
Sugarbridge Kitchen & Bath Design, LLC
Denise Sedor
Senator Andy Dinniman
Seven Stars, Phoenixville
ShopRite, West Chester
Springton Tennis Club
State Representative Duane Milne
Stella & Dot, Missy Bryan
Strawberry Bakery, Frazer
Teca, West Chester
Tennis Addiction, Chester Springs
The Hooters Rock Band
The Little House Shoppe, Wayne
The Men of Millenium Barber Shop, Frazer
Tiger Lily, Avalon
Trader Joe’s, Wayne
Trattoria San Nicola, Paoli
Tuesday Team, Volunteers
Suzanne Umile, Volunteer
Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia
Dr. Greg Vallino, Phoenixville
Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion, Paoli
Rina Vassallo, Volunteer
Veekoo, Berwyn
Village Optical, Phoenixville
Visual Expansion Gallery, West Chester
Walnut Street Theatre
Walt Disney Company
Wheel Fun Rentals
Whitford Country Club
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Wings for Success-Board of Directors, Volunteers
Window Concepts, Paoli
Winterthur
WIP Sports Radio
Yellow Springs Farm, Chester Springs
Yori’s Church Street Bakery, West Chester

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