2022 Girl Within

After two years of celebrating virtually, The Village’s annual Girl Within event returned in person and with full force on Friday to raise one of the event’s largest-ever totals to support life-changing services for women and girls affected by trauma and other life challenges.

Nearly 400 guests attended to hear inspiring stories from Village clients who have overcome adversities, as well as this year’s honorees.

Maria inspired us with her resilience and determination.

Samar inspired us with her perseverance and strength.

2022 Woman of the Year

Jennifer Steadman, Ph.D., is a fierce advocate for women and girls. As Executive Director for Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, she has produced cutting-edge research, fused vital partnerships and championed economic mobility efforts to advance opportunities for women and girls in our region.

2022 Young Woman of the Year

Shaniece Nugent is a leader within her community who annually raises funds for more than 30,000 meals to aid vulnerable populations facing food insecurity. She also co-founded an organization that educates her community on injustices impacting communities of color.


Irene O’Connor, WFSB-TV Channel 3

Presenting Sponsor

We are grateful to The Hartford for being our presenting sponsor for the past ten years.

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

David & Jane Golino

Bronze Sponsors

Aspen Insurance Group



Ernst & Young LLP

Beth and Kevin Grenham

Gowrie Group

Hartford Federal Credit Union

Jan & David Klein


Carle Mowell

Raytheon Technologies

Robinson & Cole LLP

Rossmore Capital

Smith Brothers Insurance

Webster Bank

A History of Serving Young Women & Girls

Founded in 1809, The Village has a long history of helping young women and girls who need guidance and support to become resilient, confident and independent, and those who have experienced abuse and neglect to heal. Proceeds from the event support early intervention, educational and empowerment programs for young women, girls and their families, as well as therapeutic, residential and educational support in safe, caring environments. The mission of The Village is to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children. We are now pleased to extend our exceptional care to adults by offering mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment.

Woman of the Year

Each year, a woman is honored at the event for her extraordinary service to girls and young women. The Woman of the Year is a volunteer who advocates for at-risk girls and young women, motivates and inspires young women to realize their potential, creates meaningful opportunities for the community to support programs that serve young women and has had a transformative effect on a young woman’s life.

Past Women of the Year


Paula S. Gilberto



Racquel Santana



Dr. Estela López



Carrie Firestone



Francine Christiansen



Alison Coolbrith



Carle Mowell



JoAnn Price



Linda Carlson



Sallie Norris



Janet Bailey


2021 Girl Within Virtual Event

This afternoon was filled with hope and inspiration.

Paula Gilberto, 2021 Woman of the Year, inspired us with her leadership, support and her commitment to helping girls and young women.

Liza inspired us with her resilience.

Davine inspired us with her perseverance.

2020 Girl Within Virtual Event

The 2020 Girl Within Virtual Event was filled with hope and inspiration at The Girl Within Virtual Event! Racquel Santana, 2020 Woman of the Year, inspired us to turn empathy into action by supporting girls and young women at every stage of their lives. Clients Leah, Pauline and Alyissa and Village staff member Tiffany inspired us with their stories of hope and selflessness.

Girl Within: Previous Years

Girl Within Committee

Chairs: Jeanmarie Cooper, Dr. Elsa Núñez

Members: Carlene Bush, Carrie Casciani, Judyth Coughlin, Jane Golino, Cathy Iacovazzi, Diane Lipes, Patricia Marealle, Bonnie Parry, Damaris Rivera

Upcoming Events

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FREE Budgeting Course at The Village (begins 6/5/23!)

Mon, June 5, 5:30pm - Mon, June 5, 6:30pm

105 Spring St, Hartford, CT 06105-2112, United States Map

Set your financial goals and gain tools to support your future with The Village's Budget Bootcamp!

REGISTER HERE: ow.ly/2zUw50MOepk

Led by The Village's Financial Opportunity Center, this free course will cover the nuts and bolts of effective budgeting in a supportive and judgment-free zone. Class meets once a week for three weeks.

Monday evenings at 5:30pm at The Village’s location at 105 Spring Street, Hartford. **The next session begins Monday, June 5.**

See all upcoming sessions below:
• June – 5, 12, 26
• July – 10, 17, 24
• September – 11, 18, 25
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Lunch Break: LGBTQIA2S+ Affirming Mental Health Care

Thu, June 15, 12:00pm - Thu, June 15, 12:30pm

🏳️‍🌈💞🏳️‍⚧️ Join us on Thursday, June 15 at noon for this month’s episode of Lunch Break With The Village focused on the importance of affirmative counseling and treatment for LGBTQIA2S+ individuals and its impact in the community.

💬 Hear from Village Board Certified Art Therapist & Licensed Clinician Edgar Scott, LPC, ATR-BC, NCC and learn about challenges commonly impacting LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, help that is available and tips to support loved ones.

✅ How to join: Visit our page (The Village for Families & Children) at noon on June 15 when we go live. (You may need to refresh the page on your device).

Please share this Facebook Live event with anyone who may be interested in joining the conversation. These online events are free.

#pridemonth #pride #lgbtq #lgbtia2s #community #mentalhealth #healing #mentalhealthmatters #HartfordCT #TheVillage
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12th Annual KIDSAFE CT Car Show

Sat, August 19, 9:00am - Sat, August 19, 2:00pm

Tolland County Agricultural Center24 Hyde Avenue (Route 30)Vernon, CT06066 Map

🚘 Join us for the 12th Annual KIDSAFE CT Car Show on Saturday, August 19 and enjoy an exciting day filled with amazing cars, tunes, family fun and great food!

WHEN: 8/19/23, 9am-2pm (rain or shine!)

WHERE: Tolland County Agricultural Center, on the grass
(24 Hyde Ave, Vernon, CT 06066)

➡️ Registration coming soon!
(The event is free for spectators)

💜 All proceeds benefit KIDSAFE CT'S work to educate and empower families and promote the well-being of young people.

One of the region’s premier annual car shows, the KIDSAFE CT Car Show showcases hundreds of vehicles from all eras, from new and classic cars, trucks, tractors and more. The event also features activities for kids, raffles, great food and refreshments from local vendors and a special awards ceremony for each car class and category.
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