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Greetings from Roseann Stichnoth and Elizabeth Wahab, WLC Co-Chairs

Bold as autumn hues is the impact we’re making this fall! From shopping for a cause at Max Mara, to feeding more than 200 hungry New Yorkers, to prepping homeless and low-income women for their job searches, we’re making a real mark on the communities we serve with United Way of New York City (UWNYC)—thank you.

This issue, don’t miss:

  • Your LAST CHANCE to RSVP for our dazzling Soiree Under the Stars event on November 2.
  • Your opportunity to share a love of reading with ReadNYC students this holiday season by joining our ReadNYC virtual book drive.

We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so grateful for your commitment to empowering our neighbors in need.


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Roseann Stichnoth Elizabeth Wahab

LAST CHANCE: Enjoy an Enchanting Evening Under the Stars

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Bask in the iconic lights of the Empire State Building at our 3rd Annual Soiree Under the Stars.  

On November 2 (6:00–8:00 PM), this dazzling celebration will kick off the 2017 Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon. You'll enjoy sweeping views, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and meeting 2017 Power of Women honorees.  

Today is your LAST CHANCE to RSVP—don’t miss the enchantment.  

RSVP Today

High-Fashion Impact: Women's Leadership Council Shops MaxMara

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In photo (L–R): Elizabeth Wahab (WLC Co-Chair), Maria Giulia Maramotti, and Suzanne Cutler (WLC Executive Committee Member)


On October 19, nearly 90 Women's Leadership Council (WLC) members and friends delighted in fashion tips from Maria Giulia Maramotti, Director of Max Mara U.S. Retail & Global Brand Ambassador as well as the granddaughter of the founder, at our second Max Mara exclusive shopping event.  

At the event, shoppers gifted themselves more than $16,500 worth of MaxMara attire—and 10% of that went back to United Way of New York City to empower ReadNYC families. What an en vogue impact!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this stunning evening! Check out our chic photos to relive the night or see what you missed.  

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On the Ground Impact: WLC Feeds the Hungry and Empowers Job-Seekers

On the Ground Impact: WLC Feeds the Hungry and Empowers Job-Seekers

On September 6, WLC volunteers modeled hairnets and aprons to showcase one of fall’s hottest trends—IMPACT. Accessorized to the volunteer-max, the team helped prepare and serve dinner to over 200 visitors at The Bowery Mission.

On September 16, American Express teamed up with us to share their professional expertise with women in the Coalition for the Homeless's First Step Job Training Program. Volunteers spent the afternoon reviewing resumes and conducting mock interviews to not only help sharpen these women's skills but also boost their confidence as they set out on their job searches.

ReadNYC Round-Up

In our July/August WLC-Suite, we took you inside a day at ReadNYC’s Once Upon a Summer (OUS) program that aims to prevent summer-learning loss and improve students’ reading levels. This summer, OUS served more than 140 students and their families. For seven weeks, students embarked on fun, jam-packed days of tutoring, culturally-relevant group reading, outdoor play, and healthy eating—more than 280 hours of academic and enrichment time. Now, we’re excited to share highlights of OUS’s 2016 impact.


  • 99% of students prevented summer learning loss

  • 98% of students made reading level gains

  • 83.7% daily attendance rate

  • 3,379 nutritious lunches and 3,811 healthy snacks served

  • More than 1,200 books read


  • 2 days of professional learning provided to teachers and community educators

  • 7 teachers empowered with in-class coaching


  • 71 parents engaged in OUS Parent Working Group meetings (Topics included: identifying appropriate books for your young reader, reading comprehension, health education, local farmer’s market tours, and purchasing healthy foods on a budget)

  • 90% of parents strongly agreed that OUS’s literacy workshops were helpful

Make an Instant Impact


Draw a ReadNYC Smile...It’s Easy as 1, 2, Click
ReadNYC schools need our help to make sure their students have access to mountains of quality books. To meet this need, we set up a virtual book drive on Amazon. With the holiday season approaching, we invite you to peruse, click, and give. One book could render hours of adventure, creativity, and learning for an eager young reader.

Help Now



The 11th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Cipriani 42nd Street

Mark your calendar now for our dazzling signature event, where the power of women unites to celebrate exceptional leadership and raise monumental support for ReadNYC. See our 10th Anniversary highlights.  

For more information, contact Meghan Droge, Manager, Individual Giving and Donor Engagement. 

For more information about the WLC, please visit us online or contact Meghan Droge, Manager, Individual Giving and Donor Engagement, United Way of New York City.

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