United Way Women United celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Red, White & Chocolate presented by Sun Life 

Feb.09, 2023

West Harford, Conn. (Feb. 9, 2023) – United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and its membership group, Women United, will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Red, White & Chocolate presented by Sun Life on February 16 at The Delamar in West Hartford. The event provides attendees an evening of tasting wine, spirits and local specialty goods while raising funds to support Women United’s mission working towards the financial stability of women and families in our region. 

“This is a really special year as we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Red, White & Chocolate, and the best way to celebrate it is with the announcement that we are sold out! People can still participate through our robust gift basket drawing that has started to become quite popular and will be launching February 10. We have so many types of baskets; some for relaxing and unplugged experiences, for chocolate lovers, coffee or wine lovers, family fun nights and much more. People interested in supporting this event through the drawing can buy their tickets on our website unitedwayinc.org/events,” said Jocelyn DeMaio, Red, White & Chocolate Co-chair, Head of Workspace & Collaboration Services at The Hartford and Owner of Empowered Indoor Cycling & Strength Studio. 

The event is organized by Women United, a membership group at United Way comprised of a diverse, vibrant community, bound together by a powerful sense of belonging – to each other, to United Way’s mission and to the communities they call home. Members of Women United focus on helping women and families achieve financial security by taking action for ALICE*. Despite working hard, ALICE households often live paycheck to paycheck- unable to afford the basics or save for the future. 

Mackenzie Manning, event Co-chair and Senior Program Manager at Leonardo DRS shared, “The event also provides local small businesses a space where they can meet and engage new customers. Some of the vendors for this year include Bridgewater Chocolate as our exclusive chocolatier, Brown Butter Creations from Glastonbury, LMG Photography taking headshots, Putnam Plaza Liquors providing wine tastings and many more!” 

A portion of the small business sales during the event goes back to Women United to support their mission helping local women and families as they work towards achieving financial security.  

The full list of local vendors joining the event include: 

Brown Butter Creations

Bridgewater Chocolate

Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski

Fifth State Distillery

LMG Photography

Putman Plaza Super Liquors

Bloom Bake Shop

Diageo and Baileys

Color Street Nails

Persimmon Petals


Hartford Flavor Company

Omar Coffee

Nothing Bunt Cakes

New England Cider Company

Campari Italian Liqueur

SONO 1420 American Craft Distillers

Harpoon Brewery

Worldwide Wine & Spirits

Opici Family Wines and Vines

Ninety+ Cellars

Partáy Margarita

For more information, please visit unitedwayinc.org/events. 

*ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed 

About United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut  
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s vision is a community where opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security. United Way brings people and resources together to address immediate needs and finds long-term solutions to challenging problems. United Way does this by investing in programs and services, leading community change initiatives, and mobilizing resources and volunteers to ensure that: children succeed in school; people get jobs and are financially secure; people are healthy; and, basic needs are met during tough times. For more information, visit unitedwayinc.org. 

Media Contact: Anyeline Céspedes López | United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut | acespedes@unitedwayinc.org | 787.502.0436