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Second Trailblazer Luncheon
June 3, 2008

Over 300 people who share the Womenís Fundís belief in giving back and making a difference in the lives of women and girls attended at our second annual Trailblazer Luncheon at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center on June 3, 2008.

Photo collage of luncheon

At this luncheon, we honored the three outstanding Trailblazing Women of 2008 in recognition of their philanthropy: Sister Constance Casey, snjm, President and CEO of the Academy of the Holy Names; Jane Golub, Director of Vendor Marketing Programs, Price Chopper Supermarkets; and Candace King Weir, President, C.L. King & Associates, Inc.

Photo of Candace King Weir, Sister Constance Casey, snjm, and Jane Golub
Candace King Weir, Sister Constance Casey, snjm, and Jane Golub

The Trailblazers shared stories about their personal challenges and strong belief in the importance of supporting community efforts on behalf of women and girls in our community. For more information about the Trailblazing Women of 2008, please click here.

The Womenís Fund 2008 grant awardees also were announced at the luncheon. These included:

Photo collage of 2008 grant recipients

A total of $ 46,000 was awarded to these five impressive collaborative programs focused on helping women and girls achieve success. For more information about the our second grant recipients, please click here.

The event raised more than $30,000 to support The Womenís Fund. One hundred fourteen people comprised the luncheonís Honorary Committee; and Academy of the Holy Names, Price Chopperís Golub Foundation, and C. L. King Inc., each sponsored a table at the event.

As part of this event, we collected items to benefit women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Our honorary event chairperson was Charlotte Buchanan, a Trailblazing Woman of 2007. The Women's Fund thanks both her and the rest of the honorary committee for their support, as well as all the volunteers who made this luncheon possible.

Our Mistress of Ceremonies was Benita Zahn of NewsChannel 13.

Photo of Benita Zahn (on left) congratulating Candace King Weir, June 2008
photo by Lori Van Buren / Times Union

Our Sponsors

The Women's Fund gratefully acknowledges the generosity and support of our sponsors.

Pinnacle Patrons
Key Bank | Key 4 Women logo C.L. King & Associates, Inc. logo Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. logo

Expedition Team
Academy of the Holy Nameslogo Sage logo

Media Sponsors
News Channel 13 logo Spotlight Newspapers logo WAMC logo