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United Way Women United to Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Red, White & Chocolate

2022 Red, White & Chocolate event. Courtesy photo

The Delamar Hotel in West Hartford will be the site of the 10th anniversary celebration of the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s ‘Red, White & Chocolate’ event, presented by Sun Life.

2022 Red, White & Chocolate event. Courtesy photo


United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and its membership group, Women United, will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Red, White & Chocolate presented by Sun Life on Feb. 16 at The Delamar in West Hartford. The event provides attendees an evening of tasting wine, spirits, and local specialty goods while raising funds to support Women United’s mission working towards the financial stability of women and families in our region. 

“This is a really special year as we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Red, White & Chocolate, and the best way to celebrate it is with the announcement that we are sold out! People can still participate through our robust gift basket drawing that has started to become quite popular and will be launching Feb. 10. We have so many types of baskets; some for relaxing and unplugged experiences, for chocolate lovers, coffee or wine lovers, family fun nights and much more. People interested in supporting this event through the drawing can buy their tickets on our website unitedwayinc.org/events,” said Jocelyn DeMaio, Red, White & Chocolate co-chair, head of Workspace & Collaboration Services at The Hartford and owner of Empowered Indoor Cycling & Strength Studio. 

The event is organized by Women United, a membership group at United Way comprised of a diverse, vibrant community, bound together by a powerful sense of belonging – to each other, to United Way’s mission, and to the communities they call home. Members of Women United focus on helping women and families achieve financial security by taking action for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed). Despite working hard, ALICE households often live paycheck to paycheck- unable to afford the basics or save for the future. 

Mackenzie Manning, event co-chair and senior program manager at Leonardo DRS shared, “The event also provides local small businesses a space where they can meet and engage new customers. Some of the vendors for this year include Bridgewater Chocolate as our exclusive chocolatier, Brown Butter Creations from Glastonbury, LMG Photography taking headshots, Putnam Plaza Liquors providing wine tastings, and many more!” 

A portion of the small business sales during the event goes back to Women United to support their mission helping local women and families as they work towards achieving financial security.  

2022 Red, White & Chocolate event. Courtesy photo

The full list of local vendors joining the event include: 

  • Brown Butter Creations
  • Bridgewater Chocolate
  • Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski
  • Fifth State Distillery
  • LMG Photography
  • Putman Plaza Super Liquors
  • Bloom Bake Shop
  • Diageo and Baileys
  • Color Street Nails
  • Persimmon Petals
  • Nineteen70Something
  • Hartford Flavor Company
  • Omar Coffee
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • New England Cider Company
  • Campari Italian Liqueur
  • SONO 1420 American Craft Distillers
  • Harpoon Brewery
  • Worldwide Wine & Spirits
  • Opici Family Wines and Vines
  • Ninety+ Cellars
  • Partáy Margarita

For more information, please visit unitedwayinc.org/events. 

About United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut  
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s vision is a community where opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security. United Way brings people and resources together to address immediate needs and finds long-term solutions to challenging problems. United Way does this by investing in programs and services, leading community change initiatives, and mobilizing resources and volunteers to ensure that: children succeed in school; people get jobs and are financially secure; people are healthy; and, basic needs are met during tough times. For more information, visit unitedwayinc.org

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