Women of Wisdom Gala 2017

Photos by Scott Lapham


May 4th, 2017

Thank you to all who came together to make the gala such a success! Together, we were able to raise over $275,000 in support of Sophia Academy.

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Summer Getaway in Deer Isle, Maine

Spend one week at 42 Westwinds Lane which is located on Deer Isle, an island in Penobscot Bay. Enjoy a week’s stay (Saturday to Saturday) in a 5 bedroom house (one king, one queen, one full and two twin bedrooms) on 20 acres on the water. Bike, kayak, sail, play golf and tennis at the Island Country Club or hike in Acadia National Park about an hour away. Another option is to just unwind and relax, sitting on the deck reading a book and watching the beautiful sunsets over the Camden Hills.
Deer Isle is a 15-mile long island connected by a causeway to Little Deer Isle and by a suspension bridge to the mainland.  Stonington at the southern tip of Deer Isle is noted for the largest lobster catch on the east coast.  Enjoy a lobster dinner while you’re there.  Get a private tour of the world renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Sunshine on Deer Isle.

No pets and no children under the age of 6. FYI, there is no Wi-Fi or television at the house and cell phone coverage is spotty. There is a land line. There is Wi-Fi at the libraries in Deer Isle and Stonington and at the country club across the street.  Deer Isle is a 5 ½ hour drive from Providence. The house is available during the summer/fall (June-October) at a time mutually agreed upon with owners.  Week of 8/6 is not available. 

     Donated by: Joan & Pablo Sorensen


The World Champion New England Patriots

You and a friend will see the reigning, 5-time Super Bowl Champions play a home game on a date of your choice during the 2017-2018 season along with parking and a full tailgate experience.
  • 2 tickets to a New England Patriots Home Game
  • Parking
  • Tailgate Party

Donated by: Keith D. Lowey, of Verdolino & Lowey, P.C.


The Boston Red Sox

You and three friends will see the Boston Red Sox play the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon, June 25th. You’ll watch the game from excellent seats in Field Box 13, about 6 rows from the field.
  • 4 Red Sox Tickets vs. Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, June 25th at 1:35 pm.

     Donated by: Keith D. Lowey, of Verdolino & Lowey, P.C.

Farm to Table Dinner Party for up to 22 at one of RI’s most beautiful estates

Join us for an enchanting evening overlooking the historic Red Gate Farm in Foster, RI, courtesy of Linda Miller. Chefs Eric Wolf (Loie Fuller’s) and Bruce Tillinghast (formerly New Rivers) will offer a truly authentic New England farm-to-table experience for you and your 20 guests.



The night will begin with a cocktail hour amid our perennial garden overlooking the working farm and hillside pastures with sweeping views of pastoral RI and CT. Sip, sit and relax amid the chirping of birds as the sun settles over the pines. Dinner will commence within a beautifully restored federal style, country farmhouse. The chefs will impress with a 5-course menu of dishes inspired by the incredible farm bounty and landscape found only in Rhode Island. Fresh seafood from our shores, pasture-raised pork from the abutting farm, vegetables both curious and familiar, and wine pairings as authentic as the dishes themselves. You and your guests will leave with memories of a pastoral dream, a perfectly indulgent evening, and a meal unrivaled.

*The event for up to 22 people can be booked for a mutually agreed upon time during the period of July 1, 2017- July 31, 2018, excluding holidays and winter months (November – April, when gardens are asleep).

      Donated by: Linda Miller, Bruce Tillinghast, Loie Fuller’s and Maple Dell Farms





WaterFire Experience

Enjoy stunning city views, a locally catered reception, unforgettable experiences, exclusive opportunities, & unique performances. An evening at WaterFire may include the catered reception, special performances, and the rare and unforgettable chance to enjoy WaterFire from the water, on board one of our custom built guest boats that will pilot you through the fires.
This package includes:
  • access to the Brazier Society reception tent for 4 guests
  • access to the WaterFire guest boats for 4 guests
  • an opportunity for 2 guests to ride alongside WaterFire volunteers and help light the fires (must be 18 or older to take advantage of this opportunity). This opportunity includes 2 hours on the water, including during the ceremonial lighting.
  • Gift certificate for dinner at Cafe Nuovo
  •  poster of WaterFire autographed by artist, Barnaby Evans

Donated by: WaterFire

Catered Dinner Party, with music

Let the pros at Fine Catering by Russell Morin do the work for you at your next dinner party.
Morin’s will come to your home and treat you and your guests to a seated, three-course dinner for eight.
Bottles Fine Wine will work with you to select the wine that will pair perfectly with your customized dinner menu. Bottles’ enthusiasm, experience and fresh approach to wine guarantees a stunning evening that you and your friends will be talking about for a long time.
Brown University’s acclaimed Jabberwocks will also entertain you and your guests with one of their hallmark a capella singing programs. With selections ranging from doo-wop to contemporary, they are sure to impress, no matter your taste in music.

Donated by: Fine Catering by Russell Morin, Bottles Fine Wines and the Jabberwocks


New York City Entertainment Package

 Take a cultural getaway to New York with 2 tickets to the Broadway smash ‘Wicked’.  Visit the Museum of Modern Art with 2 day passes – stroll through galleries of fine contemporary art, discover new artists and visit some of your favorites in the world-renowned MOMA collections, and recharge in the sculpture garden.




Donated by: Brooke and Eugene Lee



Toots Zynsky glass

Toots Zynsky is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and one of the
leading artists, internationally, in her field. In 1984, she was the first contemporary glass artist to have a piece directly commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has been the recipient of many awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Grants, The Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts, and recently, the Smithsonian Visionary Award.

She has exhibited and lectured extensively in Asia, Europe, Mexico and the USA.
Her work is found in over 70 major museums and public collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musee des Arts Decoratifs du Louvre, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The White House Collection – now housed in the Clinton Presidential Library; to name a few.

An active supporter of the arts and education, Toots has generously donated this one-of-a-kind sculptural work in glass in support of Sophia Academy’s mission.

     Donated by: Toots Zynsky/TZstudio