November 2014 Archives

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Charity Spotlight for Life Experiences in Cary Magazine

Earlier this morning I was out at a work meeting and just so happened to pick-up a copy of the November/December 2014 Cary Magazine.  I LOVE looking at the local magazines each month, flipping through the pages, reading the articles and most of all…looking for photos of people I know personally (because let’s be honest, it is VERY COOL to see your picture in a magazine!)

Charity Spotlight for Life Experiences in Cary Magazine

Charity Spotlight for Life Experiences in Cary Magazine

So I was DELIGHTED to see my beautiful friend (and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club member), Mary Madenspacher, CEO of Life Experiences there in the pages!  Life Experiences was highlighted in the issues’ story titled “Charity Spotlight: 4 Easy Ways to be a Neighbor”.  The Cary Magazine Charity Spotlight talks about the upcoming auction and golf tournament (Nov 9th & 10th) that is the BIGGEST fundraiser of the year for Life Experiences!  This is the 27th year for the event and it’s always SO MUCH FUN!  More information can be found on the website, I hope you can make plans to join us!   I’m also so proud to be a Board Member for Life Experiences on-behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA.  Congrats to Mary and her amazing staff at Life Experiences for being in the Charity Spotlight for Cary Magazine!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Hand Painted Ornaments from Life Experiences

Drew & Becca

Drew & Becca

So what are your plans for Sunday evening?   I know where I am going to be!  I’ll be at the 27th Annual Life Experiences Auction at Prestonwood Country Club!  If you saw my previous post, then you know what I am talking about!   We have a REALLY neat opportunity for you on Sunday night at the auction.  You can purchase a HAND PAINTED ONE OF A KIND Ornament that was painted this week by the great people at Life Experiences!   Seriously, this has to be one of my MOST FAVORITE and MEMORABLE projects ever with my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club!  One of our newest members, Tia Coppus, came up with the idea this year!

Hand Painted Ornaments

Hand Painted Ornaments

We went to Life Experiences on Thursday and helped everyone there hand paint 2-3 different ornaments.  The whole experience just warmed your heart and their smiles over painted just made you feel so good (AKA, crying tears of joy and happiness!)   These ornaments will be sold for $50/each at the Auction on Sunday night and if you buy an ornament, you are then entered into the drawing for a pair of DIAMOND EARRINGS!!!!!  It’s a win-win for you either way!  Here are some pictures of our painting, you will love them!  See you Sunday!

Tia & Maria

Tia & Maria

 

Mark & Becca

Mark & Becca

 

Painting!

Painting!

 

Happy weekend too!!!!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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Life Experiences Auction in 2014

27th Annual Life Experiences Auction

27th Annual Life Experiences Auction

Last night, Blake and I had the pleasure of attending the 27th Annual Harry H. Montgomery Life Experiences Auction.  The event was held at Prestonwood Country Club and had the BIGGEST crowd to date!   If you have read my blogs before, then you know about Life Experiences and that is has a very strong place in my heart!  The entire ballroom was full last night and they even had to add about 5 more tables for people to sit!  That shows you just how hard the entire Auction Committee and Board of Directors had worked to make the event great.  It takes lots of time, planning and volunteers to pull off an event of this size.  But it is such an important event to Life Experiences as it is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Auction Item by Lucy & Bee

Auction Item by Lucy & Bee

It is actually a two-day event with the auction held on Sunday evening and a golf tournament held today (Monday) also at Prestonwood Country Club (they have a gorgeous day for golf today!).  The Rotary Clubs of Apex and Cary were very strong supporters and also provided many of the volunteers who helped work the auction tables last night.  I was happy to help serve on the Auction Committee on-behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA and part of my responsibilities included helping collect auction items.  Many thanks to my dear friend, Cynthia Dishman, of Lucy & Bee, for making a donation.  Cynthia is a professional seamstress and hand-makes many amazing items.  She generously donated one of her 18″ doll outfits and shoes.  It was simply beautiful and I borrowed the American Girl Doll, Saige, from Alicia’s daughter, Ava, to use as a model for the outfit.  It made for a very unique auction item.  Thank you to both Cynthia and Ava!  I also had a nights stay at Gunther Lodge at Holston Camp in Banner Elk, NC donated by Craig Bell, Camp Director for Holston Camp.  Each year during the first weekend in December, Holston Camp hosts a Christmas Family weekend.  The winner of this item gets to attend that weekend with their family and participate in all the festivities.  Once the silent auction part ended, there was a LIVE AUCTION that featured over 25 fabulous prizes and trips!

Steve & Susan Pruskin, proud Sponsors of the event last night!

Steve & Susan Pruskin, proud Sponsors of the event last night!

According to my calculations, over $15,000 alone was raised during the live auction! How exciting!  Many thanks to all of the wonderful sponsors, committee members, volunteers, attendees, bidders and most of all to Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director at Life Experiences, for making last night a huge success!  Hope the golfers have fun today and make plans to attend next year! Blake and I had a fantastic time seeing friends and clients and enjoy this event every year.   Many thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the Calvin Klein black sequence cocktail dress last night!  MGC in downtown Cary and downtown Apex has a HUGE selection of Fall & Winter fashions, shoes and accessories!  Stop by to shop, mention Becca’s Blog and get 10% off your purchase Shop Local!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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Loving Your Job…and the People You Work With!

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

Do you love our job?  How about the people you work with?  I know many people could answer this YES on some days and then NO on other days.  Hey, that’s part of life and work right?  Here at Smith & Smith, CPA, we are happy to say that 99% of the time, we LOVE where we work and we LOVE the people we work with!  That is because we are family (or at least long-time family friends) and enjoy being together!  I’m happy to share two pictures with you that were made at our outdoor photo shoot yesterday.  It’s hard getting everyone out of this office for a picture, but they all smiled so nicely and the pictures turned out great!  You can plan on seeing this picture lots of places over the next year!

Loving those you work with!

Loving those you work with!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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Yummy Eats of ALL Kinds!

Life Experiences Brownies!

Life Experiences Brownies!

Now, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that around here at Smith & Smith, CPA, we like to EAT!  After all, good food brings us together and Thanksgiving IS NEXT WEEK (slight panic….).  So let’s get right to the food talk…yesterday was the November Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon.  This is a women’s networking group that Smith & Smith, CPA has been proud to sponsor for several years.   As a GOLD SPONSOR, we get a large display table near the entrance and each month I take along guests with me for our RSVP table.  I usually try to include referral partners and clients in the mix and use our display table as a way to highlight clients & groups that we support.  So for the month of November, I decided to take along a delicious plate of brownies made in the bakery of Life Experiences.  I’m happy to be a Board Member for Life Experiences and I honestly believe that they have the BEST brownies on the PLANET!

TLPL girls at Smith & Smith, CPA table

TLPL girls at Smith & Smith, CPA table

So I took a huge platter, plus a ton of catering & bakery menus with me to hand out.  They were a HIT with the ladies and many thanks to Carrie Peele, Founder of The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, for letting me make an announcement about Life Experiences from the podium.  I encouraged everyone to consider Life Experiences for any of their catering and baking needs during the holidays.  Many thanks to the sweet friends at my table, Alicia, Heather, Shelli, Marla and Amy for helping with the brownies too!

Blake, Tony & Cam

Blake, Tony & Cam

Last week one of our Financial Advisor referral partners, Tony Delauney, of Ameriprise Financial Services, stopped by the office to bring by lunch…yummy sub sandwiches!  Tony has been a solid referral partner to Smith & Smith, CPA for many years and is preparing to get more involved in the Cary-area market.  We enjoyed having Tony over for lunch as he shared his plans and goals for the 2015 year and wants to include Smith & Smith, CPA in some financial talks.  Sounds like a good game plan to us!  As you can see, Tony left our office all decked out in Smith & Smith, CPA gear too.  Nice lookin’ cooler and tailgate chair you got there!

Papa Spuds with Lewis Farm Winter Berries

Papa Spuds with Lewis Farm Winter Berries

And finally a DELICIOUS strawberry SHOUT-OUT to our client, Papa Spuds!  The farm to fork delivery service, owned by Rob Meyer, works hard to bring fresh food grown right here in North Carolina to your doorstep.   Since 2008 they have been expanding their network of local growers and food artisans and are proud to offer over 200 food products a week!  Thanks to Rob for stopping by our office and bringing these delicious WINTER BERRIES, from Lewis Nursery and Farms in Rocky Point, NC.  The winter berries are grown in a solar tunnel and are available November thru April.  Thanks Rob!  Consider Papa Spuds for fresh produce right here in North Carolina!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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Cruising for Murder on the High Seas!

murder 3Have you ever been on a cruise ship?  How about a cruise ship with a MURDER!  Well, I HAVE BEEN!  Kind of…so let me explain.  Earlier this week I attended the WBON of Cary Cruising for Murder Fundraising Dinner Event.  The proceeds from this ‘Murder Cruise’ will benefit the WBON Scholarship Fund, which is awarded each year in the Spring to deserving women business owners.  I was invited to attend the Murder Mystery Dinner, Cruising for Murder, by my friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Lisa Cotter, Owner of Doctors Express Urgent Care in Cary.  Lisa is so much fun and she was in-charge of the wine wall fundraising for the evening.

Lisa & Becca

Lisa & Becca

Doctors Express was also the Table Sponsor for murder mystery dinner.   Many of the attendees had parts in the mystery play and a good majority of them were also in costume.  The event was well attended and had delicious food and a nice selection of wines, plus soft-beverages.  Cruising for Murder was held at Bien Venue in Apex.  There was a whole table of auction prizes, sponsored by Carolina Prime Outlets and was appropriately called “Duty Free Shopping”.  I was the lucky winner of several auction items too!  I really enjoyed the live music that was played by Heart Rush, staring Linda Lyons of Lyons Coaching Solutions.  They had the crowd up and dancing several times on the dance floor.

Fabulous ladies of My Girlfriend's Closet

Fabulous ladies of My Girlfriend’s Closet

About 1/2 way through the evening there was a MURDER!  The drama unfolded, the clues were given and guesses were made as to “who done it!”  Many thanks to Lisa Cotter for inviting me to attend as her guest and thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for making sure I had a fantastic dress to wear!  Cheers to WBON of Cary and their Scholarship Program!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

 

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Personal Shopping Through Connections

My Girlfriend's Closet

My Girlfriend’s Closet

Just a personal shout-out to a very good friend of mine, Lois Cozart.  I met Lois several years ago through a women’s networking group in Cary.  We became fast friends and quickly began supporting each other through business and referrals.  About 2-years ago, Lois, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet (downtown Cary and downtown Apex) offered to start dressing me for my networking events & meetings in clothes from her stores.  In return, I would promote her boutiques and encourage ladies to shop there for all of their fashion needs plus jewelry & accessories & gifts!  It has been a wonderful and very unique relationship and I have loved every minute of it!

Personal Shopping Party

Personal Shopping Party

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of teaming up with Lois again and hosted a Personal Shopping Party at her downtown Cary store.  I invited several friends & clients and we had a fabulous time!  Most of the girls had sent a list to Lois and her staff a week before the event, telling them their size range and favorite styles/designers/brands.  When we arrived at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary, each lady had a shopping rack and selection of clothes that had been pulled just for them!  Plus we had the whole store to ourselves!  Talk about personal shopping service!  If you think this sounds like a fun thing for you and your friends (trust me, it is!) just give Lois a call (919-651-1790) and she’ll get you all set-up with your personal shopping party!  Thanks to all the ladies who came out to support and shop!  And thanks to Lois, Lia, Bethany and Brianna for their personal shopping expertise!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone