The New Hampshire Women’s Foundation invites you to a celebration of New Hampshire’s trailblazing women at our seventh annual

with dinner, dancing and honoring this year’s AmplifiHER awardee.

Friday, May 3, 2024

6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Dinner & Program
8:30 PM Dancing & Celebration

Wentworth by the Sea Country Club *
60 Wentworth Road, Rye, NH

In the spirit of celebration, black tie attire is optional.

For information on sponsorship
opportunities, call 603-226-3355

GALA Committee:

Co-Chairs: Mary Jo Brown, Martha Fuller Clark

Elizabeth Gray, Linda Johnson, Allison Potter, Lyndsay Robinson, Maura Sullivan, Kristyn Van Ostern, Dan Weeks


* If you are coming from out of town, hotels in Portsmouth are selling quickly at this time of year. Click here for a discount rate at the AC Marriot (2 night min) or Hampton Inn  or book at the nearby Wentworth hotel.

Celebrating our 2024
AmplifiHER awardee

Susan Werner Thoresen

Susan Werner Thoresen is an author and former financial advisor, and has been an active community leader and advocate for gender equality, the arts, and reproductive health on the Seacoast for more than 50 years. She was a Founder and Treasurer of the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire and has served on numerous boards, including the League of Women Voters and the Portsmouth YWCA, and has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles at her alma mater, Smith College. Sue was a delegate to the 1974 New Hampshire Constitutional Convention, where she was lead sponsor to make the state Constitution gender neutral by changing the wording all MEN to PEOPLE. Sue and her husband, Bob, have been generous philanthropists to many organizations and have served in multiple volunteer capital campaign roles for several Seacoast organizations. The Thoresens have a passion for building the sustainability and longterm assets of nonprofit organizations they support and in 2015 they chaired a campaign to increase the NHWF’s endowment. Sue’s lifetime of leadership, philanthropy and activism have had left an unparalleled imprint on her community and the many organizations she supports.

View Sue’s tribute video:

If video does not display above, click here to watch on YouTube.

2024 Trailblazer special guests:

Tina Nadeau


Chief Justice, NH Superior Court (Ret.); Drug Court Advocate & Judicial Reform Pioneer

Ophelia Burnett


Healing Justice Advocate, Policy Changer/Maker; NHLA Board Member

Iris Turmelle


Student and Trans Rights Activist

Thank You gala sponsors!