Hyannis, MA - Longtime Cape Cod businesswoman, community leader and philanthropist Doreen Bilezikian is being honored with the inaugural Woman of Impact award for her contributions to the Cape Cod community.
The award is being presented by the Cape and Islands United Way’s Women United affinity group. She will receive her award on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the second annual Power of the Purse benefit at the Hyannisport Club.
Bilezikian and her late husband, Charles, turned a one-shop Christmas Tree Shop in 1970 in Yarmouthport into a 23-store chain and well-known brand when they sold it to Bed, Bath and Beyond in 2003. The Bilezikians raised their family on the Cape, mentored many people in the retail business, and served on numerous committees and boards. They had long been supporters of many causes and when they sold the business, they founded the Bilezikian Family Foundation to further their philanthropy, not only here on Cape Cod but in many other places as well.
“I first met Doreen when I was a young journalist working for the local paper. I can’t remember the particular cause, but I won’t forget the passion, energy and commitment she gave it,” said Mark Skala, president and CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way. “As a business woman, wife, mother, grandmother and philanthropist, Doreen embodies everything Women United stands for – strong, courageous, generous, formidable, humble.”
The Power of the Purse event raises funds for programs that collaborate with the Cape and Islands United Way and Women United to enhance the lives of women, families and children in our communities.
For tickets to the event, visit https://www.capeandislandsuw.org/pop