Stephanie Poyant Moran chairing WHALE’s 2013 Wine Festival

August 12, 2013

Stephanie Moran_optStephanie Poyant Moran is this year’s chairwoman of WHALE’s Wine Festival & Auction. A New Bedford native, Stephanie is Public Information Officer & New Media Specialist at Southcoast Health System; she worked in the office of former Mayor Scott W. Lang prior to joining Southcoast. Stephanie and her husband Ross are heavily involved in the community: she chairs the New Bedford YMCA Board of Managers and is a member of the Fort Taber Fort Rodman Military Museum Board of Directors. Ross is the Assistant Director of Parks Recreation and Beaches in New Bedford. Both have volunteered at past Wine Festivals.

“Stephanie’s a terrific leader,” said Wendy Nicholas, Interim Executive Director of WHALE. “She’s getting a great new group of people involved with WHALE, including many of her family members. She’s bringing great energy and fresh ideas to this event.”

“I am honored and excited to chair this year’s Wine Festival and Auction,” said Mrs. Moran. “This first-class event is something that so many people in our community look forward to each year. It is our committee’s goal to make this year’s event bigger and better then the last. WHALE is an essential part of our city’s revitalization efforts. This event showcases and supports WHALE’s tireless work to preserve and restore our community’s historic and architectural treasures. It is for these reasons that I strongly support this most worthy cause.”

The committee is looking for an Auction Chair and would gladly welcome additional support in the planning process. To join the committee or to volunteer at the Wine Festival, please email Stephanie directly at