"In the Company of Women"

Fabulous Fund Raisers
Over the past several months, Rossi Studios has experienced a boom in the number of requests for donations and participation in fund raising events. While wishing that she could say "yes" every time, Karen has found herself having to choose which of these great causes we will be able to support. Most recently, she was able to lend her artistic talents to the YWCA's event, "In the Company of Women." This luncheon, which was held at the end of March, is the major fund raising event for the YWCA of the Hartford Region. Over 1400 influential women and men were in attendance, including Governor M. Jodi Rell, Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan, CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and Hartford mayor Eddie Perez.

Art for a Cause
Limited edition prints of one of Karen Rossi's newest illustrations were offered for guests who made donations of $250 or more. As the original painting was unveiled on stage, the reaction to the image was one of great excitement. The art piece was presented to Mary Fox, Vice President, Aetna, Inc. - the title sponsor of the "In the Company of Women" luncheon.

Shooting for the Stars
The keynote speaker at "In the Company of Women" was Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American women in space. She challenged her listeners to not limit themselves when thinking of what they were capable of doing. She often referred back to the feelings and aspirations from her childhood in the Southside of Chicago. She used to look up at the stars and say to herself, "Someday I am going there."

During her talk, she gave a great definition of science, explaining that science is misunderstood both inside the industry and outside. "I think…I wonder…I understand," was her definition. She also noted that technology is the practical application of this concept, and lastly, she suggested that the solution to many of our world problems and opportunities will be found in science and technology. She remarked that it is critical that we decide how we want to apply our scientific discoveries. For example, we can use our nuclear capabilities for nuclear weapons, nuclear power, or nuclear medicine. The choice is ours.

Keeping the Momentum
Karen's hope is that her upcoming Van Gogh Martini Tasting will just continue the momentum that "In the Company of Women" started. The April 29th Martini Tasting will act as a celebration of what's already been done to promote the mission of the YWCA of the Hartford Region to empower women and eliminate racism. The funds that are raised will help support programs and services at the YWCA. The YWCA offers supportive housing, youth development programs, childcare programs, and more. The Martini Tasting will take place from 1-4 PM at Comstock Ferre in Wethersfield, CT. The suggested ticket donation is $10. Tickets will be available at the door.





Whimsical Women
Karen's original painting was unveiled at last month's "In the Company of Women" luncheon.

Karen unveils her painting at the YWCA of the Hartford Region's fund-raising event.

An Event to Remember
Kathy McAfee and Karen enjoy an afternoon with the YWCA of the Hartford Region.


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