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Wonder Girls, a non-profit 501(c)3 | after-school empowerment program for middle and high school girls hosted its annual two-year birthday bash cocktail fundraiser to celebrate the organization’s success, this year’s honorees and partners, and scholarship winners on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

“It was amazing to bring everyone together to celebrate all that we’ve accomplished in the past two years. We are so grateful for our incredible squad of women who have helped to make what Wonder Girls is today and for all the love and support from so many people who truly believe in our mission. This is only the beginning, and as we tell our girls, always, always dream big!” said Natalie Maniscalco and Irene Zervoudis, co-founders of Wonder Girls.

In appreciation of their continued support of Wonder Girls, this year’s honorees included Julie Sadowski, Executive Director of the Rockland Community Foundation for the Champion of the Year Award; Tim Sanders, Director of The Haverstraw Center for the Humanitarian of the Year Award; Leslie Rodriguez, Jennifer Hammer, and Stefany Ovalles from the Center for Safety and Change for the Organization of the Year Award; Amie Lenkowiec, Wonder Girls Speaker, Mentor, and Board Member for the Inspire Award of the Year; and Tennille Ortiz, Wonder Girls Speaker, Mentor, and Founder of The Cupcake Carriage⁠ for the Inspire Award of the Year.

Wonder Girls ambassadors Caila Barreiros, a Senior at Lyndhurst High School, and Grismely Ferreira, a Freshman at Rockland Community College each received a $1,500 college scholarship in honor of Women’s History Month and their demonstration of the organization’s core pillars. “My favorite thing about Wonder Girls is that it truly is a family! They welcome anyone and everyone and I have connected with so many other girls and women who want to support each other and help girls like me flourish. The Wonder Girls event was one big celebration of all the amazing things we have done together as part of Wonder Girls!” said Caila Barrieros.

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About Wonder Girls: Through educational programming and events, Wonder Girls bring together a powerful network of diverse and multicultural professional women to teach, lead, inspire, and empower our Wonder Girls, supporting both their personal and professional growth. The Wonder Girls program teaches life and business skills while instilling a sense of community spirit and social responsibility. The program focuses on building confidence, leadership, community, and business skills. Each month, Wonder Girls partners with local non-profits to provide hands-on community service work. The Wonder Girls after-school program is accepting applications for new middle and high schools located in New York, New Jersey, and New York City for a September 2023 start date. The organization will also host its 2nd annual Wonder Girls Career Expo on Saturday, May 20, 2023, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rockland Community College in New York.

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