Jen Villa Named Cape & Islands United Way ‘Woman of Impact’

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Businesswoman, artist, community advocate and entrepreneur Jen Villa has been chosen as the “2023 Woman of Impact” by Women United of the Cape and Islands United Way.

United Way Woman of Impact 2023The West Hyannisport resident, and co-owner of the West End restaurant, will be honored at this year’s Power of the Purse, on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Hyannisport Club. The award is given annually to women leaders who do extraordinary work to positively impact the lives of others in the community, business, cultural or political sectors.

In addition to the West End, which she co-runs with her husband Blane Toedt, Villa co-founded and owns the Local Juice, and is also co-founder of Love Live Local – a Cape Cod organization “dedicated to strengthening Cape Cod’s local economy by promoting the importance of supporting small businesses and fostering a thriving community.” She is also an active board member of Cape Wellness Collaborative and the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District.

According to Mark Skala, President/CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way, “Jen is making an impact with her energy and passion in this community she now calls home, and in particular her support of the Cape and Islands United Way and Women United.”

Of the recent news of being this year’s honoree, Villa said, “I am incredibly humbled to be recognized. Serving as a local champion and entrepreneur in our beloved Cape Cod community is a true honor, and I am grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact and contribute to the betterment of our community.”

Villa is the fourth recipient of the award, previously presented to businesswoman and philanthropist Doreen Bilezikian, who with her husband Chuck created the Christmas Tree Shops; Dorothy Savarese, former CEO and chairman of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank and community advocate; and Trish Kennedy, businesswoman and philanthropist.

Power of the Purse raises funds and awareness for causes supported by Women United. The event features a reception with food station and lively silent auction. For more information, visit