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A BIG Thank You to our sponsors and all who attended our 5th Annual Women Who Move the City! The funds raised at this event will help us to match more Little Sister with Big Sisters thus, creating the next generation of Women Who Move the City!
Congratulations again to our 2018 Honorees: Zandra Cunningham, Emily Felmet, Jody Galvin, Raziya Hill and Alexa Zappia! Lastly, thank you to our host year after year AND this year’s honorary Women Who Move the City awardee, Janet Snyder.
Join on us on Wednesday, May 2nd for our 5th Annual Women Who Move the City event! This year’s honorees are: Zandra Cunningham, Emily Felmet, Jody Galvin, Raziya Hill and Alexa Zappia. To read more about this year’s honorees, click here and scroll down the page for a bio on each honoree!
Tickets for this amazing event are only $45.00 and include hors d’oeuvres, 2-hour open bar, a swag bag and chance at three amazing door prizes:
- 2-Jet Blue Travel Vouchers,
- Necklace from Ben Garelick
- Dinner for 4 with Wine Pairing from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.
From 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, attendees will also enjoy unique vendor shopping and info tables. Janet Sndyer of Kiss 98.5 will present the awards again this year to our five outstanding honorees.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Zandra Cunningham as this week’s Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! Zandra is a 17-year old entrepreneur who started her creative journey at the age of 9 mixing up lip balm in her home kitchen. She joined the Kids Biz Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College and the rest is history. Today her Buffalo based company, Zandra Beauty, works out of a compliant production and distribution facility and sells her impressive line of products online and in retail locations. Her brand is committed to sustainable practices with a priority on products that are gentle and sensitive to teen skin. Zandra, who believes all girls should be confident in their own skin and learn what beauty is from the inside out, has built a brand that gives back by donating 10% of her net profits to support girls education. Zandra founded Day of the Girl Buffalo, an all expense paid day for girls with the goal of connecting girls to their community, providing educational options and ideas while empowering them to discuer their potential and find their best path to personal and professional success. Recently, she launched Young Mogul Prep School which provides coaching to young people launching a business and The Zandra “TLC” Foundation that provides entrepreneurial education, mentoring and networking opportunities to enhance the lives of young people so they can become change makers in their families and communities
Additionally, Zandra shares her time and expertise as a TEDx speaker and facilitating workshops for organizations including Girl Scouts USA, Buffalo Public Schools and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to name a few. She has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Vendor Sponsor since the inception of Women Who Move the City and has also donated time to speak with groups of girls in the program.
Zandra is the youngest graduate of the University at Buffalo Minority and Women Entrepreneurial Program and Lucky Break University. As a trained maker and proud member of the Indie Business Network and Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, she facilitates workshops on natural product creation and formulation. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She was named the 2017 Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur of the Year and and also the youngest to ever win an Etsy Open Call Golden Purchase Order.
To celebrate with Zandra and our four other outstanding Women Who Move the City Honorees on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Hotel Lafayette, click here to learn more & purchase your tickets today!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Jody Galvin as this week’s Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! Jody’s community efforts focus on providing opportunity to underrepresented people in education and law. She is on the board of Buffalo Prep which expands access to college preparatory education. She volunteers with University at Buffalo Law School on its Discover Law program which promotes entry into the legal profession for talented people of color and first generation college students. She is a Discover Law mentor and has coordinated the mentoring matches between students and practicing attorneys. Jody also assists unrepresented people with civil legal matters in United States District Court and recruits volunteer attorneys for its Pro Se Assistance Program. Jody has been honored by United States District Court, the Volunteer Lawyers Project and UB Law’s Students of Color.
In addition to her volunteer work in education and law, Jody volunteers weekly with kindergarteners at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and supports the Boys & Girls Club of East Aurora. Over the past seven years, Jody and her sons have donated over 1000 Halloween costumes to the Response to Love Center. This unique project was featured in the New York Times!
Jody is a business disputes attorney at Hodgson Russ LLP and chairs the firm’s Committee on Attorney Recruiting, Diversity and Development. She lives in East Aurora with her three sons, Seamus, Kieran and Evan, and her husband Bob.
To celebrate with Jody and our four other outstanding Women Who Move the City Honorees on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Hotel Lafayette, click here to purchase your tickets today!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Raziya Hill as this week’s Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! A native of Buffalo, Raziya is passionate about alleviating financial hardships experienced by families when needing to provide diaper and wipes on a consistent basis. To address this need, she is the Founder and Executive Director of Every Bottom Covered (EBC), a diaper bank that operates out of the Delavan Grider Community Center. EBC provides diapers and wipes on a monthly basis at no cost to low-income families in the Western New York area. Since partnering with the Delavan Grider Community Center in May 2017, EBC has enrolled over 800 children, with new clients signing up daily!
Additionally, Raziya has worked closely with the National Diaper Bank Network to lobby for support for the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2017 (H.R. 1143) that will support the work of diaper banks and raise awareness nationally. She recently was lobbying in Albany to create awareness!
Having attended and volunteered with Buffalo Prep as a teen, Raziya has a deep understanding of the importance of nonprofits that address unmet needs in the community. EBC has partnered with HOPE Buffalo working to increase teen volunteerism, and Buffalo Public Schools Office of Parent and Family Engagement to provide supplies to participants of their parent workshops.
To celebrate with Raziya and our four other outstanding Women Who Move the City Honorees on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Hotel Lafayette, click here to learn more & purchase your tickets today!
Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored to celebrate Emily Felmet as this week’s Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! A Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters since July 2010, Emily has created an amazing friendship with her Little Sister Quinnshona. Emily and her Little Sister have enjoyed a wide range of activities and firsts over their years together. Emily has been a consistent influence providing support and general guidance on life for her Little Sister as she has grown from a child to high school student! In addition to her time as a Big Sister, Emily is also passionate about forwarding the agency’s mission. She has been a member of the agency’s Big Mirror and Women Who Move the City committees and currently is the 2018 co-chair of Big Engagement Team (BET). Through BET, Emily has shared what it is like to be a Big Sister at new volunteer orientations, helped organize mixers for Bigs to network and participated in agency call nights. She has raised funds yearly through the Big Give fundraising campaign. In 2016, Emily and her Little Sister Quinnshona won the First Niagara Mentoring Matters contest for a video featuring their friendship and the agency was awarded $10,500!
Passionate about making a difference throughout WNY, Emily also volunteers her time for the International Institute of Buffalo as an English tutor for refugees. Emily has previously volunteered with B-Team Buffalo, as a co-founder and board member, and the Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce. She also participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, 60-mile walk in San Francisco.
Emily currently serves as social media strategist for BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. She participated in the 2018 United Way of Buffalo & Erie County’s Leadership Executive Program and helps run her company’s United Way campaign. Prior to joining BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York in April 2015, she worked at WIVB-TV as digital content producer. Emily earned her M.S. in communication and leadership from Canisius College, and her B.A. in journalism and mass communication from St. Bonaventure University.
Emily resides in the Town of Tonawanda with her husband, Aaron, and their dog Omar. Emily enjoys visiting local museums and theaters, spending time at Canalside and Delaware Park, and cheering for the Bills and Sabres.
To celebrate with Emily and our four other outstanding Women Who Move the City Honorees on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Hotel Lafayette, click here to learn more & purchase your tickets today!