CWE Gala Celebration - Special Thanks And...

Special thanks to our sponsors, donors, volunteers and staff for your generosity in helping CWE help women and veteran entrepreneurs realize their dreams of becoming successful, prosperous business owners  We are so grateful that you could join us to celebrate and support them in business.

With your help we raised over $350,000 to help women and veterans transform their lives and create opportunities for them to become economically self-sufficient and prosperous through business and entrepreneurship.

The evening was dedicated to Susan Loconto Penta, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MIDIOR Consulting and the Chair of the Center for Women & Enterprise from 2010 to 2016.  During her tenure CWE has grown, expanded and reached new heights in order to deliver and improve our services to more people in more places.

Andrea C. Silbert Rising Star Award Winner

The 2017 Andrea C. Silbert Rising Star Award was presented to Sharon Cornelius, owner of Suilenroc Construction, LLC in Providence, RI.  Each year a deserving member of the CWE family who has benefited from her relationship with CWE on the road to starting and/or growing a business is honored at this event.  Click here to read more about Sharon.

Again, Thank You.

With your support, you are ensuring that women and veterans have a place to go to get the critical skills, quality training, technical assistance, and confidence that they need to start and grow a viable business. In 2017 and beyond, we hope you will continue to stand with us in transforming their lives and improving communities through education and entrepreneurship. We know that with you by our side, we are well on our way to a stronger economy and true equality for all.


Solid Gold

View photos and the video from the event.

Auction Item Donors

We appreciate all those who have supported this event.  Their donation will help us raise funds to help women who cannot afford CWE programs and services or access the education and tools they need to help themselves become financially self-sufficient.

Chef Barbara Lynch

1776 Liquors
3Doodler, WobbleWorks, Inc.
Maria Abernethy
Amy Acampora
Joel Adler
Big League Tickets
Boston Harbor Distillery
Boston Harbor Cruises
Blue Man Group Boston
Tom Brady
Bristol Clothing
Castle Hill Inn Relais & Chateau
City Wine Tours
Roslyn Daum
Patricia Dugan
Robin Dziuba
Maureen & Ralph Fevre
Flourish Organic Hair & Skin Care
Four Seasons Boston
Foxwoods Resort Casino
GAP Promo
Megan Gates and Bill Whelan
Larry Geuss
Donna & Stephen Good
Grafton Group
Philip Greenspun, East Coast Aero Club
Grill 23 & Bar
GYROTONIC Boston Central & Wellest Integrative Health
Hawthorne Hotel
Ellen & Steve Hoffman
Homefree LLC
Hotel Commonwealth
Jillian's Billiard Club, Inc.
Joe's American Bar & Grill
Mela Lew
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
Julie & Jim Matheson
Peter Mitchell
Mooo  Restaurant
Morgan Hospitality
Marcia Morris
Museum of Science
Musings on the Vine
Narragansett Brewery
New Harvest Coffee
New Media Film Festival
Newburyport Brewing Company
Newport Art Museum
Newport Restaurant Group
Nina McLemore LLC - Bobbi Smith
Pacific Planning Group, Inc.
Pastiche Fine Dessert
Susan Loconto Penta
Renaissance Boston Waterfront
Susan Rittscher
Cindy Smith
Jackie Taylor
The Inn at Hastings Park and Artistry on the Green
The Institute of Contemporary Art
The Sally Webster Inn
The Trustees
The Weekapaug Inn
​Deb Thomas
Twin Farms
Vineyard Vines
Wachusett Mountain
Connie Wright
XV Beacon Hotel
Zoo New England