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More than 130 Attend Woman in Business, Inc.’s Annual Fundraiser

STURBRIDGE, MA, JUNE 1, 2018: More than 130 local residents, parents and community members attended Woman in Business’ (WIB) annual fundraiser at the Sturbridge Host Hotel on May 23.

Each spring, WIB holds an event to support its scholarship fund, which offers three to four scholarships each June to area graduating students pursuing their career and education after high school.

Over the last 27 years, WIB has given out over $40,000 in scholarships to more than 100 young women.

This year, WIB partnered with the Tantasqua High School Drama Club, under the direction of Samantha Briggs. The students spent the last few weeks rehearsing a popular interactive murder-mystery dinner theater performance called “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine”.

Guests were treated to a buffet dinner and dessert table while being entertained by about a dozen student performers, who tried to unmask the “whodunnit” following the sudden death of guest of honor Eleanor Van Heusen.

WIB extends its thanks to Tantasqua High School, Samantha Briggs and the student performers for a wonderfully organized and entertaining performance. In addition, a special thank you to the Sturbridge Host Hotel for their accommodations and hospitality in hosting such an event.

The buffet-style dessert table was also donated by local businesses. Thanks are extended to Harrington HealthCare Department of Mental Health, Whoopie-Doo and Cupcakes, Too, Just a Nibble, Sturbridge Coffee House, Francesca’s Italian Bakery, Superior on Main, Christopher Heights of Webster & Hope Sweet Hope for sharing their sweets!

“Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine” was largely made possible by generous community sponsors, who contributed financially and with an array of silent auction items. Thanks to ‘Producer’ Sponsors Harrington HealthCare System and bankHometown; ‘Director’ Sponsors Brenda Bianculi, CPA, Steve’s Collison Center, Savers Bank & Christopher Heights of Webster, and the many other community partners that donated to this event.

Woman in Business, Inc., a 501 (c)(3), offers education, support, mentoring and network opportunities for women in all types of careers and businesses. New members are always welcome. To learn more, visit or email [email protected].