Cary Chamber Reverse Car Raffle

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Best Night of the Year for the Cary Chamber

Cary Chamber Auction 2013

Cary Chamber Auction 2013

Last night was the Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Silent & Live Auction with the Reverse Car Raffle.  Hands-down…one of our most favorite events of the year!  It’s a chance to see tons of Cary Chamber friends, have fun networking & eating at Prestonwood Country Club, spend some money bidding on awesome auction items and try to win a chance of getting a new car!  This year Hendrick Dodge of Cary donated the car and it was a 2013 Dodge Dart (really cool sports car).

Cary Chamber Friends

Cary Chamber Friends

There were about 350 people at the event last night (maybe more, the room was packed) and the Cary Chamber Ambassadors had worked hard to gather over 200 silent auction items.  There was sooooooooo much cool stuff to bid on and I only wish I had arrived earlier to bid more (Blake would disagree with that though).  We had a great time enjoying the food, drinks and seeing lots of friends.  We always invite all of Blake’s brothers and their wives to come along with us. This was also Alicia’s first time going with us too (she works with us at Smith & Smith, CPA) and she brought her mom along, and both of them had a fabulous time too!

Smith & Smith, CPA team

Smith & Smith, CPA team

This auction serves as the Cary Chamber’s main fundraiser during the year.  The Chamber uses the funds towards different programs, seminars and events that they offer all throughout the year.  The Ambassadors play a major role by helping to solicit, collect and pick-up all of the many auction items. I was an Ambassador for several years, so I know firsthand all of the hard work that they put into this.  The Cary Chamber Board of Directors also work hard to help sell many of the $100 tickets for the Reverse Car Raffle.

More Cary Chamber friends

More Cary Chamber friends

The car drawing this year got down to the final five ticket holders and then Hendrick ended up making each of them a cash-deal for $2,250 to buy back their tickets.  So everyone walked away a winner in the end.  Our families did a TON of bidding, though I only took home two things (a jewelry certificate and a lovely scarf).  Next year I will have to work harder at a ‘divide and conquer’ bidding strategy!  It was great to see our friends, Ben Bell and Allee Johnson.  They came with us last year to the event and had a blast, so we invited them back again.  They are engaged and getting married later this year.  Ben and I met years ago when I was working at Holston Presbytery Camp & Retreat Center in Banner Elk, NC.

Cam & Brooke bid and won a nice new floor rug!

Cam & Brooke bid and won a nice new floor rug!

So many thanks to ALL who came last night to the event.  Thanks to all of the businesses that donated auction items, thanks to the Ambassadors for their hard work, thanks to the Cary Chamber Staff and Board of Directors for all pulling together to make this event a huge success!  We live in such a great area and the Cary Chamber really steps up to support to community and our businesses.  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriends’ Closet for the amazingly beautiful white drapery one-shoulder dress from MM Couture.  It fit like a glove and I had lots of nice compliments on it.  It was great to see Lois and her daughter, Ashley, at the auction.  Ashley runs the downtown Cary My Girlfriend’s Closet store.

Busy Tax Season!

Busy Tax Season!

Tax season sure is busy!  We’ve been very successful this year with picking up new individual tax return clients.  I spent a lot of time last year working on our online SEO and website keywords and it sure has paid off!  I try my best to track where all of our new clients are coming from (who referred them, etc.) and about 50% or more of our new clients this year have come from Internet searchesYEA!  Here I am leaving Blake’s office with a whole stack of completed tax returns.  We are trying to get them completed, filed and back out to everyone as quickly as possible!  Thanks (again) to My Girlfriend’s Closet for the bright yellow 100% cashmere cardigan sweater by Pure Collection and the Final Touch silk halter dress.  Excellent combo to get you ready for SPRING!!!!

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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