Wings & Wheels 2021

On the gorgeous fall evening of Friday, October 8, we were lucky enough to have celebrated our third annual Wings & Wheels at Vanguard ID Systems and the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA. Wings supporters joined us for an exciting evening of luxury cars, a silent auction, and live music!

This event was held outdoors and all attendees signed a COVID release prior; according to CDC guidelines masks were optional for fully vaccinated individuals. 

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GREAT NEWS! We are planning our annual fall fundraiser by having both an in-person and virtual event that will double the amount of people who usually participate! Our in-person event will be held on Friday, October 8th from 5-8 PM. The virtual event will be held on Thursday, September 30th at 7 PM. Since our silent auction will be electronic, participants at both events will be able to participate.

The in-person event will have the Chatterband playing live, enjoy a buffet by Classic Diner, drink beer from Locust Lane Brewery, silent auction/raffle and test drives from Porsche of the Main Line / RDS Automotive Group. It will be held outside at Vanguard ID Systems, located across the parking lot from the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester.

First 75 tickets sold to the event will be entered to be driven to and from the event by Porsche of the Main Line!

Early Bird = $75 per person
After 9/30/21 = $85 per person

Additional $75 per person
(purchase of in-person event ticket is required)

Join us for a VIP Experience during our in-person event! This is a rare opportunity to test drive a McLaren or a Lamborghini. Watch for more details to follow, space will be limited.

Every dollar raised helps equip women to find employment and reach financial independence. For 23 years we have been working to provide the opportunity for women in need to achieve and maintain stable employment, and with your support, you are helping this become a reality. Together we can transform lives and impact our communities!  PURCHASE IN-PERSON EVENT TICKETS

The Wings and Wheels virtual event will be held on Thursday, September 30th at 7 PM. Join us as we celebrate another year of empowering women and girls in need to achieve career and economic stability through education, apparel, and advocacy.

To minimize any technical issues, we will be sharing our virtual event through a new online platform. To view the event, simply subscribe to our YouTube channel here and be sure to turn on the notification bell. (You can also find the link for the event on our Facebook page once the video premieres.) This is a great opportunity to watch inspirational videos about the women at Wings while engaging with viewers in the YouTube comments section. We’re excited to share more about Wings for Success with you during our YouTube premiere!


Show your support for local women in need by sponsoring Wings & Wheels! We offer event sponsorships at levels for every budget. In return for your sponsorship, you will receive public recognition in several forms, the opportunity to promote your business, and you will appear on our annual report.LEARNMORE ABOUT OUR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Make a Donation to Support Wings

Make a gift that will assist us in reaching our event fundraising goal!

You can make a difference in the lives of courageous women working to build a better life for their families by making a donation to Wings for Success. We are grateful that you believe in our mission and recognize the importance of equipping women for long-term employment and economic stability. DONATE NOW

We are thrilled to announce that The Chatterband will be playing at Wings and Wheels! Rockin’ PA, NJ, and beyond, this high energy band will have all of us moving and grooving and asking for more! They are a 9 piece powerhouse with an outstanding horn section and dynamite lead singers playing funk and classic rock.

Check out their site here!

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Wine with Wings 2021

This year’s Wine with Wings fundraiser was a combination of an online virtual event, in-person event and an online silent auction and raffle!

We are so grateful to all who supported Wings and this fundraiser. Every dollar raised helps us continue to equip women to find employment and reach financial stability.

We were thrilled to partner with Harvest Ridge Winery and Sherm’s Catering to provide a fun tasting experience for those who supported our fundraiser with $50 and $100 donations leading up to our virtual event on May 26th. Supporters received a wine bag with their choice of red or white wine from Harvest Ridge along with a stemless wineglass and two free wine tastings at the Harvest Ridge Winery tasting room. Our $100 donation supporters were also treated to a box of six delicious appetizers from Sherm’s Catering to enjoy while watching our virtual event!

Watch Our Virtual Event

We opened our Virtual Event on May 26th with recognition of our sponsors & event planning committee, then shared a preview of the jazz quartet who played at our In-Person Event on June 3rd. During our program (which begins at the 11:20 mark), we highlighted stories from women whose lives have been transformed from their time at Wings, a food and wine pairing segment with Sherm’s Catering & Harvest Ridge Winery, and more details about participating in our silent auction and raffle. We strive to help the women of our community gain the confidence to overcome any obstacles they are facing and reach a place of economic stability. It is wonderful to help women, like our client Evelyn who was featured in our video, achieve their goals and spread their wings!

In-Person Event – Thursday, June 3rd

We were thrilled to see so many smiling faces at our In-Person Event on June 3rd at The Gables at Chadds Ford – we’ve missed celebrating with everyone! The evening’s thunderstorm didn’t dampen our spirits as we joined together to sample Harvest Ridge wines paired with light appetizers from The Gables.

Guests enjoyed mingling and visiting with friends while a Jazz Quartet of local high school students entertained the crowd. Wings Executive Director, Jill Laufenberg, along with our Wine with Wings Committee Co-Chairs, Pat Foell & Vicky Will, welcomed everyone and Jill shared how vital community support is in providing our essential services that empower and equip women and girls.

Event pictures by Gary Altoonian Photography –

Our Silent Auction featured an amazing array of 44 silent auction packages – from a destination vacation, food & drink packages, local experiences, beauty & personal care packages to fabulous fashion accessories, and more. Guests were able to easily bid on items through our online bidding site and were even notified by text when they were outbid!

Our Raffle included an overnight stay at The Inn at Laurita Winery, a private dinner party at your home, a package for fans of local breweries, and our ever popular Instant Wine Cellar that included 20 bottles of wine, cheers!

Wine with Wings 2021 Event Planning Committee

Thank you to our Wine with Wings Committee for their dedication to our mission and commitment to the women we serve. This hard-working, talented group coordinated all of the event logistics and details which allowed us to have our most successful spring fundraiser in Wings history!

Commmitee Co-Chairs: Pat Foell & Vicky Will
Committee Members: Amy Parnis, Anna Chongpinitchai, Annie Sciolla, Coleen Abbott, Dan Murphy, Diana Long, Elisabeth Gibbings, Janet Gervais, Jesica Villagomez, Jill Laufenberg, Kelly Quant, Laura Szilier, Mickey Aiken, Niki Harvey, Randi Bushner, and Rosalee Wortmann

Wine with Wings 2021 Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors!



Randi & Carl Bushner

Patricia Foell & Marc Altman

Vicky Will & Mike Kowalski

Patti & John Rugh


Judy & Dan Murphy


Dr. Bronwyn L. Martin – Martin’s Financial Consulting Group


Rose Aylsworth

Spiritgems Consulting, LLC

Wings and Wheels 2020

This year’s Wings and Wheels fall fundraiser was a combination of an online virtual event, in-person event and an online raffle!

Online Raffle Winners!

Thank you to everyone who generously gave donations and participated in our raffle! Each one of our raffle packages was drawn using an electronic Raffle Randomizer program.

Here are the winners:

  • Porsche Driving Experience: Elizabeth Hanson
  • Lisa Robertson $1,000 Shopping Spree: Lori Mikan
  • Longwood Gardens Experience : Pat Foell
  • Instant Wine Cellar: Steve Pron
  • Chanel Basket & Lancome Beauty Master Class: Elizabeth Uyeno
  • Closet Edit by Main Line Fashionista, Peggy Conlon: Shira Gasner
  • General Warren Package: Bonnie Joy Gregus-Riddle
  • Beach Cruiser: Amy Murnane
  • Posh Shopping Soiree: Kathy Quay
  • Golf Package: Sondra Zalewski
  • Health & Wellness Package: Dianne Herrin
  • Manatawny Distilling Package: Teresa Insetta

Virtual Event – Thursday, October 8th

Our virtual event opened with pre-party classic rock music by Blue Sky Band, who also played live at our in-person event the next evening!

Guests joined us over Zoom and Facebook Live from the comforts of their homes for our inspirational program, featuring guest host, Lisa Robertson (Owner of Wings Executive Director, Jill Laufenberg, shared how Wings is continuing to serve women in our community and how we are reaching new groups of women because of the pandemic.

Our virtual program also included messages from volunteers, our event sponsor – Porsche of The Main Line, Wings staff, our Board President, and most importantly, a Wings client, Melissa, who shared her story of how Wings supported her in her time of need.

Missed our virtual event? You can watch a recording of our program on Wings’ Facebook page:

In-Person Event – Friday, October 9th

It was a gorgeous fall evening for our in-person event at Vanguard ID Systems, where we could safely gather outside and spend time with our supporters – we have missed seeing everyone in person!

Our major sponsor, RDS / Porsche of The Main Line, brought several high-end luxury cars for our guests to admire, while they enjoyed the classic rock tunes of Blue Sky Band. While mingling, guests also sampled beer from Victory Brewing Company, white & red Harvest Sangrias, a specialty cocktail with Manatawny Still Works Three Bitches Vodka, and delicious catering by Arianna’s Gourmet Cafe.

Wings Board President, Rehana Wolfe, and Executive Director, Jill Laufenberg, shared messages about how vital community support has been in allowing Wings to continue providing our services during this pandemic. This support is helping restore hope, bring transformation and reshape futures for the women of our community, at a time when they need it most.

We are beyond grateful to all who supported our fundraiser through sponsorships, donations of products, services, and funds, guests who joined us virtually, in person and by participating in our raffle, and our dedicated team of volunteers.

Through our combined efforts, we are able to continue empowering women while steering them to success with work apparel, job readiness advice and advocacy.

Special Thanks To:

Lisa Robertson
Vanguard ID Systems
Blue Sky Band
Pickering Valley Feed and Farm Store
Arianna’s Gourmet Cafe
Manatawny Still Works
Victory Brewing Company

Click the image below to watch a short message from Wings Volunteer, Estefani 
Click the image below to watch a short video about the importance of providing hope.
Click the image below to watch a short video on how volunteering at Wings during the pandemic has impacted our volunteers’ lives.

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,

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!

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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
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. 


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
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
WIP Sports Radio
Yellow Springs Farm, Chester Springs
Yori’s Church Street Bakery, West Chester

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