GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Women's Club hosting fundraiser

Published on Thursday, 19 January 2023 13:33
Written by

Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON – Need an excuse to go out to eat on a Tuesday night?

The GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Women’s Club is hosting a fundraiser for its scholarship fund on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Puerto Vallarta Restaurant, 2385 Berlin Tpke., Newington.

“The Newington Puerto Vallarta does a lot of fundraisers for school functions and teams, which is very nice,” GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Donna Recknagel told the Herald. “Club members are grateful to Puerto Vallarta for giving us the opportunity to hold this fundraiser that will benefit two deserving students to further their education. We’re certainly trying to get a large group of people to attend. My fingers are crossed this being at the end of January our weather doesn’t turn to snow that day.”

People dining in or purchasing takeout that evening are encouraged to mention the GFWC Women’s Club scholarships when paying their bill. The restaurant will donate 20% of that evening’s sales to the fund.

The club awards two annual $1,200 scholarships to deserving female students graduating from Newington and Wethersfield High Schools.

Recknagel and fellow club members are working on planning other events to support the fund.

“Our goal is to come up with something we can do year after year - a larger fundraiser that appeals to the public,” she explained.

Dollars for Scholars reviews applications from WHS students, while applications from NHS students are reviewed by the club scholarship committee.

“Last spring after the passing of a dedicated club sister, the Newington scholarship was named Katherine ‘Ann’ Whitford Memorial Scholarship,” Recknagel told the Herald. “Ann, a founding member since 1998, was a very active member who chaired the scholarship committee for many years.”

This will be the club’s 18th year awarding scholarships to local students.

“Many thanks to all of those in our community who have supported this and other fundraisers in 2022 that benefitted this yearly scholarship,” Recknagel said. “We could not have done it without your generosity.”

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WHAT: GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Women’s Club fundraiser for scholarships

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 3 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Puerto Vallarta Restaurant, 2385 Berlin Tpke., Newington

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Thursday, 19 January 2023 13:33. Updated: Thursday, 19 January 2023 13:35.