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2014-05-17 11.24.09Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory with amazing group of women veterans went well said Carolyn Braskie, coordinator of the event.

“Well”… just doesn’t give it justice!! The women had a fantastic time learning about the animals and the butterflies. I’ve heard continuous comments all day long:

Educational and Interesting-Relaxing-Therapeutic-Delicious food-Beautiful Day-Wonderful Zonta women.


Thank you so very much for this amazing event!

We are so fortunate to have you all in our (and their) lives!
Warm regards,

Virginia Lieblein
Director of Women’s Wellness Programs Soldier On              More pictures

Republican Article on Auction
Quaboag Valley Zonta Club plans Silent No More auction in Ludlow

By Kathryn Roy | Special to The Republican
on April 28, 2014
DVposter.jpgThe Quaboag Valley chapter of Zonta International plans a fundraising auction to benefit agencies which fight domestic violence.

LUDLOW – The Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley will raise funds for projects aimed at stopping violence against women and children through its Silent “No more!” auction on May 5 at the Ludlow Country Club.

The Zonta Club works to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. It is one of 1,200 clubs around the globe, which are part of Zonta International.

“The auction began in 2009, and it’s part of our mission to work through international and local events, raising awareness and advocating and providing service and funds,” said Mary Knight, past president and the communications chair for the Quaboag Valley club. “We decided we needed to do something locally.”

Knight said the fundraiser helps to raise awareness about issues affecting women and children that are often not spoken about, such as domestic violence, mental illness, bullying, depression, and suicide.

“We want to raise funds for agencies that work with victims, directing it to where it’s needed most,” she said. “A lot of times, they have to abide by their funders in terms of where the funding is used. We want to raise funds for any unmet needs.”

The event will include about 60 to 100 items up for bid, all donated by Zonta Club members, Zonta supporters and local businesses. They are valued at $25 up to $500. They include themed baskets, services, getaways, and tickets to box seats at the Saratoga horse races.

“The admission cost of $30 pays for the entire meal and all other expenses, so the auction profits go directly to the agencies,” Knight said.

The event includes an extensive buffet, with pastas, vegetables, a carving station and desserts. There will be a cash bar.

“The venue is just amazing,” Knight said. “The Ludlow Country Club is not only a beautiful setting, but it’s easy to get to, right off the Mass Pike.”

About one-third of the funds raised through the Zonta Club’s fundraisers go to Zonta International and projects it picks to raise the status of women and children around the world.

This year, one-third of the funds will also go to “Soldier On Women Veterans,” an organization the local club has worked with for a few years. Club members work with veterans who are homeless or have been through trauma and are in need of additional support.

“We do things with them every month, as well as raise money to fund projects to help them succeed in moving on to a better life,” Knight said. “We have donated to them for the past two or three years.”

The final third of money raised will go to the Carson Center for Human Services’ domestic violence program.

“We know that domestic violence, especially in the Quaboag Valley, is quite high, and the resources for women and children are not easy to get to,” Knight said. “People are scattered around a very large area in the Quaboag Valley. The Carson Center for Human Services is doing a great job working with the Ware Police Department and domestic violence task forces, but the funding (can be) very restrictive. They can only work in certain areas of the Quaboag Valley, and when they get calls from other areas, sometimes they can’t help those people.”

Representatives from each of the organizations will be on hand with information and materials about what they do.

Past recipients of funds include Bridges Inc., Tri-County Domestic Violence Task Force, Womanshelter Companeras and WestMass ElderCare.

Knight said it should be a fun event.

“It’s just before Mother’s Day, and we have some great things people can bid on for mothers, or graduation gifts, or men,” she said. “There’s something for everybody. It will be a really interesting evening.”

The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 5, at the Ludlow Country Club. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by contacting Ann Cormier at 413-283-4646 or To learn more about Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley, visit

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Silent “no more!” Auction – May 5th






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The Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley will hold its Silent “no more!” Auction on Monday May 5, 2014 6pm at the Ludlow Country Club, Ludlow, MA.  The event is held annually to raise awareness and funds for projects aimed at stopping violence against women and children.

Beneficiaries this year include The Carson Center for Human Services’ domestic violence program at Valley Human Services – providing advocacy services to women through collaborations with the Ware Police Department and local Domestic Violence Task Forces in Quaboag Valley, and Soldier On Women Veterans – preserving the dignity, independence and quality of life of women veterans.

Past recipients have included Bridges Inc, Tri-County Domestic Violence Task Force, Womanshelter Companeras, WestMass ElderCare, local chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; Bullying Awareness/Prevention programs at Palmer High School and Pathfinder Regional; and Domestic Violence Taskforces serving Palmer, Ware, Warren and surrounding communities.

Admission of $30 provides guests a chance to bid on a large array of valuable items, services and themed baskets donated by members, friends and local business – including excellent seating for Jerry Seinfeld at Symphony Hall and box seat tickets for Saratoga Racetrack!  Enjoy a generous buffet meal in a relaxing atmosphere, overlooking the Ludlow Country Club.  Raffle prizes will be awarded and a cash bar will feature a wide range of specialty drinks.

Reservations (requested by May 1st) can be made through Zonta Club members, by mail at  ZQV  PO Box 1034  Belchertown, MA 01007-1034, by calling 413 219-8260 or emailing  Cash, checks and credit cards accepted for auction Items and admission.

Representatives from the Carson Center and Women Veterans will also be on hand at the May 5th event to share information about their programs. We invite you to visit for educational materials on the challenges being faced by the beneficiaries of this year’s event.

Among our generous donors: 
99 Restaurant
Bird House Bungalows
Camile’s Bistro
Paulette Charpentier
Cinemark-Eastfield Mall
DaSilva & Associates
Dede Wilson, Cookbook Author
DK Jewelry Design
Fancy Fingers Nail & Skin Care Salon
Terry Graham
Mary Cate Ingram – Decorative & Fine Art
Susan J. Kaplan ~ Link to Libraries
Ron Kidd
Knight at Work
Bonnie Walch Lafayette, LMT
Pamela Lapponese
Lester Halpern & Co. PC
Heidi MacEwen, Pilates Flex and Fusion
Susan McIntyre Major
Sandra Neumann – Springfield Valley Hypnosis Center
New England Dermatology & Laser Center / Renew Esthetics & Skincare
Helen O’Donnell
Paul and Elizabeth’s Restaurant
Cecile Ploran
Quabbin Valley Acupuncture
R & C Floral
Karen Randall ~ Randall’s Farm & Greenhouse
Pat Repsys
Lisa @ Salt & Pepper Associates
Scented Garden
Donna Spence
Spirit Haus
Dede Wilson
Dorothy Witaszek

Please honor these wonderful individuals and businesses for their generosity!

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