WWC Now Accepting 2021-2022 Grant Proposals!

The Westport Woman's Club is accepting grant proposals for 2021-2022 from Fairfield County non-profit organizations.  Proposals are being accepted until October 30, 2021.

Grant requests for projects that will make a continuing difference in the community may be in the form of funds, or a one-time use of the Westport Woman's Clubhouse for an event. Grants are considered each year to deserving organizations in education, health and safety-related programs and in the arts. This past spring, due to the unexpected arrival of Covid-19, the Westport Woman’s Club awarded community service grants to Fairfield County non-profit organizations that addressed this urgent health challenge within the community.

Community groups should submit their typed proposals by October 30, 2021 to the following address:  Westport Woman's Club, Attention: Community Service Grant, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.  Please note the application form should be typed this year. Grant recipients will be notified Spring 2022 by WWC Community Services. 

For additional information, contact the WWC Office at 203-227-4240.

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club.  To join, please call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.

The Westport Woman's Club invites you on Friday October 9th from 5 to 7pm to our outdoor social distant Jazz concert by the well-known Chris Coogan trio. We will have a delicious Venezuelan food truck available for purchase or you can bring your own food/drink. Use this link to buy your tickets now:

https://www.westportwomansclub.org/event/chriscoogan/

The event will take place outside of our beautiful WWC Clubhouse. Please bring your own chairs and maybe a blanket so that you can enjoy the show comfortably. We will have volunteers available to help you set up. We are keeping the number of tickets limited, so that we can ensure social distance is maintained. Doors open at 4:30pm. Music will start promptly at 5:15pm.

Single adult tickets are available for $40, or you can buy a package of two for $65. Your children/grandchildren are welcome and free of charge if they are under the age of 12.

If you have any questions please email us at wwc@westportwomansclub.org. We look forward to seeing you all there and thank you for supporting our cause.

Buy your tickets now: https://www.westportwomansclub.org/event/chriscoogan/

To learn more about Chris Coogan, please visit: https://www.cooganmusic.com/bio

If you want to extend the night and support another good cause, you can stay for the drive-in movie that will start at 8pm at the upper parking lot, organized the Remarkable Theater. http://www.remarkabletheater.org

The Westport Woman’s Club is awarding college scholarships totaling $40,000 to deserving Staples High School Seniors who are graduating this spring. The WWC Scholarship Committee reports that due to challenges created by the current pandemic, this year’s review of the applications was especially difficult. Please join the WWC in congratulating these dedicated graduates on their scholarships and future plans for higher education: Tamikah Boyer (University of New Haven, “Emily Duvoisin” Scholarship), Nicole Caiati (Georgia State University), Victoria Caiati (Marist College), Alyssa Chariot (Penn State University), Anna Fuori (Penn State University, “Emily Fuller” Scholarship), Audrey Kramer (California Polytechnic State University), Ian Kramer (Penn State University), Katherine Meszaros (College of the Holy Cross, “Lea Ruegg” Scholarship), Niyhive Michel (Morgan State University) and Tomaso Scotti (University of CT), who was awarded the “Most Active Member” Scholarship in honor of this year’s most active WWC member, Mira Auxier.
The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns. You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club. To join, call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.

Each year the Westport Woman’s Club evaluates grant applications from Fairfield County nonprofit organizations.  WWC members spend countless volunteer hours each fall through spring on due diligence to find the right balance between current needs within the community, raised funds, and the WWC mission statement. This past March, COVID-19 arrived as a surprise participant late in the grant evaluation process.
Current WWC President, Christina McVaney shares, “As we go through the current crisis, it has never been more important for philanthropic organizations such as the Westport Woman's Club to use our resources to make the most impact in our community. For that reason, we have identified 5 local organizations that we believe will make an important contribution in Fairfield County in the coming months.”
With the physical and mental well-being of our neighbors taking precedence, the Westport Woman’s Club announces their Spring 2020 Community Service Grants, totaling $50,000, to the following Fairfield County nonprofits: Bridgeport Rescue Mission (www.bridgeportrescuemission.org), Filling in the Blanks (www.fillingintheblanks.org), Domestic Violence Crisis Center (www.dvccct.org), Homes with Hope, Inc. (www.hwhct.org), and Westport Families in Need (coordinated by Westport’s Department of Human Service’s COVID-19 Fund ~ www.westportct.gov). Please visit these five organizations/websites to support the COVID-19 services each are providing within our Fairfield County community.
The Westport Woman’s Club (www.westportwomansclub.org), organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns. You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club. To join, call the WWC office at 203-227-4240. Link to 06880 post:

The WWC would like to thank Jim Himes, Jim Himes for Congress for his extremely generous donations to our Food Closet. These donations help us provide support to individuals and families in Westport that need us now more than ever. You can deliver non perishables to the club M/W/F between 9AM and 12PM, or visit the link below to make a monetary donation. Thank you all and stay safe!

https://www.westportwomansclub.org/special/food-closet/

The Ruegg Grant Committee of the Westport Woman's Club invites local non-profit
organizations to apply by Friday, March 13, 2020, for up to $10,000 in one-time funding for a
2020 project. Submitted proposals should be high-profile initiatives that make a meaningful
difference in the Westport community. (more…)

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop, operated by The Westport Woman’s Club, will be offering a
50% off storewide sale from February 10-15, 2020. Do you need a fresh idea for your favorite
Valentine? Why not buy a pitcher with character and fill it with fresh roses?  Or a unique bowl
to fill with chocolates? Or wine glasses, then add champagne? Heartfelt possibilities for the
thrifty abound at the Curio Cottage Thrift Shop’s half-price, storewide "Sweetheart of a Sale". 
The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop offers an ever-changing array of donated glassware, tableware,
vases, platters, frames, jewelry, kitchen items, collectibles and so much more. Weekly hours of
operation are Monday from 1-4 pm, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 10 am-3 pm, and Saturday
from 11 am-2 pm (closed Tuesday and Sunday). This thrift shop is located adjacent to the
Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT. (more…)

Dr. Judith Hamer, a Westporter for 37 years, was the guest speaker for the club’s February luncheon.  Judith, an educator with degrees from Cornell, Smith and Columbia, has taught at City College of New York, Columbia University, and New York University.  As part of her Club Day presentation, Judith shared a talk on “Two-Ness”, her perspective on society’s judgements based on skin color, gender, etc.  Pictures of Judith’s ancestors, some now featured at the Smithsonian Institution, provided a personal face to their past struggles: as freed slaves in Virginia, her grandparent’s challenge of owning Brooklyn property, her parents’ determined efforts to receive advanced educations, and prejudice encountered finding jobs and housing from her own firsthand experience.  Strong family values, dating from slavery to the present day, have sustained these generations of Judith’s family.

January 2020

Members arriving for December Club Day were treated to a festive clubhouse, decorated for the holiday season, thanks to many dedicated members of the WWC Garden Department (chaired by Garden Chair Vivian Rosenberg).  From the handmade wreath gracing the WWC foyer door, decorated trees from the Dining Room to the Bedford Hall Stage, handmade centerpieces of seasonal greenery from our clubhouse gardens, to a boutique for member holiday shopping, Garden Department members provided all attending with a beautiful holiday setting. (more…)

December 2019

Internationally-acclaimed Westport musicians, Igor and Tatyana Pikayzen and friends to perform

Sounds for a Starry Night, a salon-style chamber concert and reception, blending classical music, poetry and song, returns to The Westport Woman’s Club, Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Featured performers include two Russian-born Westport favorites:  internationally acclaimed concert violinist, Igor Pikayzen, and his mother, classical pianist Tatyana Pikayzen. They plan works by Alexander Glazunov, Cesar Franck and Felix Mendelssohn.

Grandson of legendary Soviet violinist Viktor Pikayzen, Igor was born in Moscow, Russia.  Since his concert debut with the Moscow Philharmonic at age eight, Pikayzen—now a graduate of Staples HS, Juilliard, Yale and CUNY--has performed with major orchestras in Europe, Asia, North and South America, garnered numerous competitive awards and has a growing discography.  The Westport Arts Advisory Committee presented its Horizon Award to him, as an outstanding Westport artist under age 30 with a national/international reputation.  Praised by critics and audiences alike for his astounding technical ability and majestically lush tone, Mr. Pikayzen is one of his generation’s most promising young artists. 

Tatyana Pikayzen—the “Paganini of the keyboard”-- has performed to tremendous critical acclaim across three continents.  A top prize winner at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, she has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and has a substantial discography. 

Completing the evening’s distinguished chamber ensemble is the bold, rich sound of award-winning Israeli-born cellist, Michael Katz, a graduate of New England Conservatory, Juilliard and SUNY Stony Brook. Punctuating the instrumental musical segments, Casey Rose Clark will perform a vocal interlude.  Miggs Burroughs and Westport Poet Laureate Diane Meyer Lowman will deliver brief opening recitations of verse.

Major sponsors of this Sounds for a Starry Night fundraiser are the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center and Weichert, Realtors-Madison and Post. Tickets for this live concert and reception in an intimate, festive setting are $50 ($25 for students).  Purchase tickets in advance via link below, as seating is limited.  Proceeds from Sounds for a Starry Night will benefit need-based college scholarships for Staples High School seniors. 

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  Westport residency is not required for WWC membership.  For information, please call the WWC Office at 203-227-4240.


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Arantxa Mateo, a weight management mentor, was the guest speaker at November Club Day.  Ms. Arantxa’s personal struggles with weight in her teen years, propelled her to study biology and nutrition as an educational path.  Arantxa has developed the 32 Mondays Weight Management Program (32mondays.com), which is not a diet but rather an educational program to teach people how to manage their weight for the rest of their lives.  Her club day program featured 25 Tips, Recommendations and Best-Kept-Secrets to avoid gaining weight over the Holiday Season, as well as her three “S” for weight management success.

 

 

The Westport Woman’s Club held its annual Clothing Tag Sale on Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27 at the WWC’s historic clubhouse located at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.  Gently used women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories were on display at this year’s sale.  New for 2019  was an entire stage devoted to children’s clothing of all kinds.  Funds raised will help support the Food Closet for the Town of Westport, many local charities throughout Fairfield County, and need-based student scholarships. 

Thank you to the many dedicated volunteers who planned the Tag Sale, donated clothes, sorted for sizes, helped with set-up and worked this 3-day clothing sale to help make this fall fundraiser a succe$$ for the Fairfield County community.

Woman’s Club Prepares for Clothing Sale” Post on WestportNOW

https://westportnow.com/index.php?/v3/comments/womans_club_prepares_for_clothing_sale/

WWC “GOOD STUFF” ~ Co-Chairs Mary Lee Clayton  and Susan Loselle

 Can you find our amazing volunteers during Set-up?!

See Slide Show – 2019 Clothing Tag Sale

“Westport Woman’s Club members and friends participated in the
MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer Walk on 10/20/19, led by WWC Past President,
Audrey Rabinowitz, who has organized the club’s participation for the past 14 years.”
Photo taken by WWC Member Gloria Smithson

Westport Woman’s Club members and friends joined survivors, caregivers, and walkers of all ages at the MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer Walk this morning at Sherwood Island State Park for the WWC’s 14th consecutive year of supporting this cause.  The American Cancer Society has organized this MAKING STRIDES walk in Fairfield County for the past 26 years to raise funds for research and support for those diagnosed with breast cancer.  To learn more about MAKING STRIDES of Fairfield County, contact your local American Cancer Society office during standard business hours (Katie Divenuto, FairfieldCTstrides@cancer.org,  203-563-1513). (more…)

November 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sunday, October 20th members of the Westport Woman’s Club will again be walking as a team in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Sherwood Island State Park. This walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, helps to raise funds for breast cancer research and to raise awareness. (more…)

October Club Day’s program featured Deby Goldenberg, a certified yoga therapist and a Tai Chi/Qi Gong instructor, who has also achieved a 3rd degree black belt.  Deby began her post-luncheon program by demonstrating the saber form, followed by introducing WWC members to Qi Gong in a guided meditation, including both standing and seated positions within Bedford Hall.   Qi ("subtle breath" or "vital energy") and Gong ("skill cultivated through steady practice") is a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. (more…)

October 2019

 

 

The Guest Speaker at the September Club Day was CT State Senator, Will Haskell.  This non-partisan talk featured Senator Haskell's life, growing up in Westport, and how he came to be the youngest Connecticut State Senator in the history of the CT General Assembly.   Senator Haskell represents the 26th District, which includes the towns of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton. (more…)

Women of all ages interested in joining The Westport Woman’s Club are invited to a wine and cheese New Member Mixer on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, in our historic clubhouse, located at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.   Please drop by to learn more about our club and its opportunities for community service, fundraisers, special interest groups and monthly membership meetings with catered lunches and speakers. To see event flyer click here

You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club.  We look forward to meeting and partnering together to make a difference in our community, and to have fun in the process.  Unable to attend the September 25 reception?   Prospective members wishing to learn more about the WWC or have a tour of our clubhouse may contact Membership Director, Robin Clark, at rclark@westportnational.com or the WWC Office at 203-227-4240 to register. (more…)

September 2019

The Westport Woman’s Club’s Ruegg Committee presented their 2019 Ruegg Grant, in the amount of $10,000, to Aspetuck Land Trust to help sponsor their “Green Corridor: Saugatuck to Shore" program, focusing on "Westport: A Model of Change."  This WWC grant will be used to educate and motivate homeowners to take care of their yards in more sustainable ways to increase biodiversity and improve the environment by planting native plants, switching to organic lawn care, and reducing pesticide usage.  The land trust is developing two model native landscape demonstration sites in Westport: one at Earthplace, and another at the land trust’s Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve on Green Acre Lane. This effort to educate Westport residents will involve workshops and partnerships with Westport non-profits, as well as local businesses.  Aspetuck Land Trust shares, "Every homeowner can make a difference by taking care of their yards in more sustainable ways."

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The Westport Woman's Club is currently accepting donations of clothing for its October 2019 Clothing Tag Sale.  Tax deductible donations of new or gently-worn women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, as well as accessories (shoes, handbags, scarves, hats, jewelry, etc), are now welcomed through October 18.  Please drop off donated items any weekday (9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm) at the Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT). (more…)

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The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop, operated by The Westport Woman’s Club, will be offering a 50% off  STOREWIDE SALE from July 22-27, 2019.  Sale Hours are Monday from 1-4pm, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 10am-3pm, and Saturday from 11am-2pm (closed Tuesday and Sunday).   The Curio Cottage is located adjacent to the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop offers an ever-changing array of donated glassware, tableware, vases, platters, frames, jewelry, kitchen items and so much more.  All of the shop merchandise is donated, and tax receipts are available for welcomed donations. 

The Curio Cottage, opened in 1999, operates year-round and has contributed over $500,000 in support of the philanthropic mission of the Westport Woman’s Club, which includes direct grants and services to non-profit organizations and charities throughout Fairfield County.  When you shop at the Curio Cottage or bring your donations to re-stock its shelves, you make an appreciated contribution to the Fairfield County community. 

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport resident to join the Westport Woman’s Club.  To become a member, please call the office at 203-227-4240.

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