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February 2017 Business Events and Parties

Megan and Blake

I can’t help but get a LITTLE BIT excited when I look at my calendar for the month of February!  Not only is it my birthday month (YEA!!!) but it also has a ton of other fun, fun, and MORE fun things to happen!   One event that we look forward to each year is the Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Auction & Reverse Car Raffle.  This will be held at Prestonwood Country Club on Wednesday, Feb 22nd.  It is always a super fun party, lots of friends and business clients, tons of good things up for auction and a chance to drive away in a BRAND new Car (is this the year for me…mabye!?!?!?)  One of my favorite tax clients and friend who works at the Cary Chamber, Megan Kervin, came by the office today to pick-up her taxes and took our Smith & Smith, CPA donations of 2 gift baskets for the Cary Chamber Auction. I kept it simple and YUMMY again this year with two big baskets of girl scout cookies from my friend’s GS troop.  We can’t wait for the party!

Art Ball 20!

Another event that we are deeply rooted in that is coming up on Saturday, February 11th, is the 20th Annual Art Ball for Cary Visual Art.  I have the honor of serving as Co-Chair again this year with local modern Cary Artist, Dan Campbell.  We are breaking the mold and taking the event out of Cary this year (Gasp! I know!!) and having it at the North Carolina Museum of Art.  The evening begins at 6:30pm and will include the following: Champagne reception, delicious culinary works of art by the chefs of Iris Cafe, dancing to live music by the Johnny White and The Elite Band, artwork by local artist, exclusive after-hours access to the Contemporary American Art Wing of the NCMA, short film to celebrate 20 years of CVA and complimentary valet parking!  I am so excited I can’t hardly wait!  I have my dress ready and picked up my jewelry, shoes and clutch today from My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex and we are getting Blake fitted for his tux this afternoon.   I am very happy to have Smith & Smith, CPA involved again this year as a CVA Bronze Sponsor Sustainer.  My brother-in-law and his wife will attend the Ball with us too.  There are a few tickets left, so be sure to purchase today!  And shop in downtown Apex and downtown Cary at My Girlfriend’s Closet for a huge selection of gorgeous gowns, shoes, and accessories!

Mardi Gras with Cary MacGregor Rotary Club

Coming up at the end of the month on Friday, February 24th is Mardi Gras Kick-Off Fundraiser with the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club.  We have been going to this big party for about 6-7 years now and always have a blast!  They have changed the venue this year so I am excited to see how it all works out!  I am very happy to see that Life Experiences is one of the two beneficiaries for the event that night.  Blake and I are sponsors for the event under our Smith & Smith, CPA name so we have 15 tickets to share around with family and friends.  Stay tuned to see how it goes!

Harvey at the office

 

I will also get to see my parents & grandmother in a few weeks and celebrate a special friend’s 40th birthday! And don’t forget the day of L.O.V.E. with Valentine’s Day!!!!! Let’s go February!  I am READY!  And Happy 1-Week Birthday in the Smith Family to little Harvey!  Hard to believe we have already had her for 1-week!  Things are going well and she is learning about us as we learn about her.  She has been to the office off-and-on over the past week and had a chance to meet LOTS and LOTS of new friends!  She will meet a lot more people this weekend on Super Bowl Sunday!

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Where to View Christmas Lights in Cary and the 19th Annual Art Ball

Smith & Smith, CPA at the 19th Annual Art Ball

Smith & Smith, CPA at the 19th Annual Art Ball

WOW!  I’ve kinda taken a short break from my blog, but honestly I didn’t mean too!  The end of November was really crazy with the 19th Annual Art Ball for Cary Visual Art taking up a LOT of my time.  I was happy to serve Cary Visual Art as the Co-Chair for the event this year.  Smith & Smith, CPA is a proud Sustaining Sponsor for Cary Visual Art.  Blake, Cam, Brooke and I were in attendance and had a great time representing our CPA firm and our commitment to keeping art alive and thriving in the Cary Community.  It was a SUPER fun night, lots of glam, dancing, art and food! image thank you Thanks again to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet and her staff for helping me with the final touches on my Art Ball gown & accessories!  There were SO many gorgeous dresses that night!  I also loved seeing Blake all dressed up in his tux.  We ‘unofficially’ dubbed ourselves as the King and Queen of the Art Ball!  So enough on that…Back to my lack of blogging   We had Thanksgiving and were out of the office for most of that week.  Hopefully you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday too and you have recovered from all of the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, plus any family you had in town!   So that is my lame excuse for not blogging much in November.   But I’m BACK and ready to blog up a storm in December!

Christmas Lights in Cary

View Christmas Lights in Cary

View Christmas Lights in Cary

So this time of year, you always hear people talking about the BEST places to view Christmas lights in Cary.  Which house has the most, who has theirs set to music, which neighborhood is best, etc.  I found a really great website that talks about viewing Christmas lights in Cary and other surrounding areas.   It is called Fun4RaleighKids.com and they have ALL KINDS of great holiday & Christmas events and sights listed.  When you click on the Holiday Lights image at the top, you will then get to select the area in which you want to view Christmas Lights.  Pretty cool!  There are several listed in our area, so Blake and I will have to take the boys out soon to view the Christmas lights in Cary!  A family favorite every year!

 

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C.A.R.T. Fund Week and Shopping for Art Ball Dresses!

C.A.R.T. Fund

CART Week event

CART Week event

Earlier this week my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club was happy to co-host with the Cary Central Rotary Club, a special event in honor of C.A.R.T. Week for the C.A.R.T. Fund.  Just what is the C.A.R.T. Fund you ask?  Well, it stands for Coins for Alzheimer Research Trust.  This was a program started by a Rotarian in SC back in 1995.   He had a family member who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and he wanted to raise funds for innovative research.  cartfund_bucket_logo_lg2So they started putting out BLUE buckets on the tables at their weekly Rotary meeting and asking members to put in their coins and loose change.  The idea of the CART buckets began to spread to other Rotary Clubs and is now being done in over 700 clubs in over 8 different states!  All, meaning 100% of the money donated goes to research and development to find a cure for Alzheimer disease.   So our two clubs teamed up to bring in a guest speaker to talk about the status of the cure for Alzheimer and what you can do to protect yourself.   We also had a speaker who updated us on the CART Fund status and grants that are being given out to research institutions.  Together our two clubs were able to raise $1,400 for the C.A.R.T. Fund!  Thank you to everyone who came and participated!

Art Ball Shopping at My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex, NC

Happy 3 Years with MGC!

Happy 3 Years with MGC!

In the photo above, I’m wearing a very warm and comfortable sweater dress by Ralph Lauren.  I got the dress from My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  It’s hard to believe that is has been 3 years already that I have been dressing and marketing for MGC!  I started working with Lois and her team of fantastic girls in August of 2012.  Here we are now in 2015 and I love promoting their store, all their fantastic dresses, sweaters, shoes, accessories and so much more!

Lia at work

Lia at work

Thank you for reading my blog and shopping at their stores in Cary and Apex!   I’ve always been a big fan of helping others in business and taking time to promote each other.  So the Cary Visual Art 19th Annual Art Ball is right around the corner…just 2 weeks from today!   I purchased a dress over the weekend and took it to Lia to get it hemmed.  Lia is a seamstress and her company is called Fleur de Lia Alterations.  She is located in the My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  She is great to work with and does fantastic work on any kind of alterations, she’s a master seamstress after all!  If you are looking for a gown to wear to the Art Ball, you should check out the MGC stores in Apex and Cary!  They have a great selection, just see the pictures below!!!!!  I will post a blog next week about great accessories you can get there for your Art Ball (or any upcoming Holiday Dress too!)

MGC Dresses for Formal Events

MGC Dresses for Formal Events

 

A Great selection

A Great selection

 

All Sizes and Styles

All Sizes and Styles

 Have a great weekend!

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Winner for Bull Burger Battle in World Food Championships

Congrats to The Corner Tavern!

So HOW exciting is this…one of our clients, The Corner Tavern & Grill of Cary, just won FIRST PLACE in the 2015 Bull Outdoor Regional Best Burger Battle!  This was one of six best burger competitions that is hosted by Bull Outdoor Products around the country and The Corner Tavern won for our region!   They now move to the World Food Championships in November with a chance to win $100,000 grand prize!  The World Food Competition will feature contest in the categories of: Barbecue, Chili, Sandwich, Burger, Dessert, Bacon, Seafood and Recipe.  The theme for this year is FRESH.  Best of luck to The Corner Tavern and stop by to see them and have a burger and tell them CONGRATS and BEST OF LUCK!!

Cary Visual Art Ball 2015

Layout 1The 19th Annual Cary Visual Art Ball is just a month away!  I am proud to volunteer with Cary Visual Art and serve this year as the Co-Chair for the Art Ball.  It’s going to be fantastic and always is a night of glamour, dinner, dancing and of course…ART!  There will be an art sale featuring over 50 artist with prints, paintings, sculpture, jewellery, pottery and more!  If you have never been, then this is YOUR year to attend!   Please let me know if you would like me to mail you the Art Ball invite.  They are gorgeous and it will get you excited to attend!

Lunch Meeting with Glass & Clubreth, PLLC Attorneys at Law

Blake and Sam

Blake and Sam

Blake and I had the pleasure of meeting with the attorneys & staff from Glass & Culbreth, PLLC this afternoon.  I know Steve Glass, Managing Partner, of Glass & Culbreth, through the Rotary Clubs in Cary.  We met them for a delicious lunch over at Sushi Thai in Cary, a client of Smith & Smith, CPADevan Culbreth, Partner in their firm, specializes in Elder Law and Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships.  Ashley Palmer works as a Paralegal in the Estate Tax Planning & Estate Tax Returns.  We also enjoyed meeting Mary Tennant, who is the most recent hire with their firm.   We currently share several clients with Glass & Culbreth and we are developing a professional referral relationship with their firm.  It was great to see Sam, owner of Sushi Thai this afternoon too.

It’s almost the weekend!  Hang in there!

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Cultural Arts Day with Leadership Cary

Leadership Cary with the Hurricanes Hockey Eye

Leadership Cary with the Hurricanes Hockey Eye

Last week was the January Session meeting for Leadership Cary.  It was our Cultural Arts Day, so fun!  The day started off with a meet and greet and breakfast at the Cary Arts Center.  This facility opened a few years ago and has served as a focal point for downtown Cary.   Our first speaker was Ted Boyd, Downtown Development Manager for the Town of Cary.  Ted spoke about the changes coming to downtown Cary and how the economic activity and interest has been picking up over the past few months.  Construction has already begun on the boutique hotel that will be completed by the end of 2015 and opened in early 2016.  leadership cary 3Next we heard from Mary Davis  Wallace, Executive Director of Cary Visual Art and had a walking tour of the art all along Academy Street in downtown Cary.  The weather was cool and brisk, but we were all bundled up warm!  I enjoyed seeing all of the art and learning about the artist and how the art was selected.  I’m happy to be part of the Cary Visual Art group and helped plan the Art Ball 2014.  After the art walk tour, we boarded the bus and headed to the PNC Arena and had a tour with Mike Miller of the Carolina Hurricanes.

PNC Arena Tour

PNC Arena Tour

Mike took us all around the PNC Center, to the press box, marketing office, locker room and many other cool behind-the-scenes places!  We had lunch at the PNC Arena and heard from Jeff Merritt, Executive Director at Centennial Authority (owner of the PNC Arena building) and also from Crystal Warf, Director of Arena Marketing.   Crystal talked to us about how events are scheduled and planned and which events are coming soon to the PNC Arena.  After lunch we went to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.   The museum is very large and newly redone with many interesting and engaging exhibits for all ages to enjoy.  After the museum we headed back to Cary.  It was a long and busy day, but I enjoyed learning so much that I didn’t know about the Cary and Raleigh area Cultural Arts.  My favorite part was getting to see the Hurricanes Hockey Team locker room and the large Hurricanes logo on the floor, that was really cool!  The Canes players NEVER step on the eye, they always walk around it…for good luck of course!

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  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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Peachy Keen Frozen on the Fall Fashion Runway!

Peachy Keen Fall FROZEN Fashion Show

Peachy Keen Fall FROZEN Fashion Show

Last night was the Peachy Keen Fall Fashion Show with the theme of FROZEN!  The event was held in the Peachy Keen store in Cary and had a large crowd of over 130 people!  We were tightly packed in but the room was buzzing with all kinds of excitement over the runway show, specialty drinks, hors d’oeurves, shopping and prizes!   Smith & Smith, CPA was proud to be a sponsor for the event this Fall, our relationship with Peachy Keen runs deep with connections through ShopLocalRaleigh and other networking groups.

Ready on the runway!

Ready on the runway!

The event featured over 20 different sponsors and had a nice swag bag full of all kinds of goodies!  As a sponsor, I ordered Hot & Cold Therapy Bags as our Smith & Smith, CPA give-away (toss it in the freezer to get it nice and cool or in the microwave to get warm, GREAT for those neck & back aches and pains!).  The fashion show itself included close to 40 different looks, ranging from the casual weekend chick all the way to the holiday party girl-on-the-go!

Tia wearing Headbands for Hope, sold at PK!

Tia wearing Headbands for Hope, sold at PK!

The models had beautiful braids in their hair (hence the FROZEN Disney movie connection) and was styled by The Hair and Face Lounge in downtown Cary.  All of the styles seen on the runway were then available for purchase after the show.  I got lucky and found a very unique and totally perfect dress that I will wear this weekend to the Art Ball, hosted by Cary Visual Art!  My silk top last night was also purchased from Peachy Keen, made by designer Tracy Reese. The jewelry worn by the models was from Kenda Kist, a local designer.  The food was provided by Thai Spices & Sushi, BlackFin AmeriPub and delicious cupcakes by Confectionate CakesNirvelli Day Spa was offering nail painting and there was a whole counter full of door prizes that were donated by the sponsors.

Door Prize by Smith & Smith, CPA

Door Prize by Smith & Smith, CPA

The door prizes included hotel night stays, beauty supplies, jewelry and more!  Smith & Smith, CPA was proud to provide one of our tailgate chairs and matching coolers for the door prize raffle.  Many thanks to all of the sponsors and friends that came last night!  The idea of ‘shopping local’ is huge and something that our firm takes pride in being involved with in many ways.  Last night was also a special time for our group of girlfriends to honor our dear friend, Katherine Greene, who passed away at the end of September, just a month ago.

Katherine Greene

Katherine Greene

Katherine was a fan of Peachy Keen and always attended the Spring & Fall fashion shows with us.  Katherine had a flare for fashion and brought so much joy and laughs to our group of friends.  Donna, Karly and Jen Hankin, owners of Peachy Keen, were very kind to let us buy Katherine a seat for the show last night, we had her chair decorated with photos and flowers.  At the end of the night, we gathered in the parking lot to release balloons and share our memories of Katherine together.

Pre Balloon Release for Katherine

Pre Balloon Release for Katherine

We appreciate the kind words that Donna said during the opening of the show, it was a memorable night for us to honor a dear friend who will always be missed so much.  Donna reminded us all that life is short and each day should be lived to the fullest!  We need to take time to celebrate with friends and create those memories, you never know if today is your last.   Peachy Keen hosts the fashion show event twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.  The next Spring Fashion show will be held on April 16th, mark your calendars to be there!

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Art Ball for Cary Visual Art

Art Ball 2013 with Grace & Jim Wang

Art Ball 2013 with Grace & Jim Wang

Over the weekend Blake and I had the pleasure of attending the Art Ball 2013.  This prestigious event is held at Prestonwood Country Club and supports Cary Visual Art.   Cary Visual Art seeks to ensure that the Arts are ALIVE and well in our community.  My good friend, Grace Li Wang and Gifts with a Heart Gallery, hosted the formal evening event.  Grace is a famous artist and several of her own pieces of work were on display for silent auction.  Another good friend of mine, Claire Smith, had invited us to attend the Art Ball 2013 nearly a year ago; so to say we had been looking forward to this event for a while would be an understatement!  We were greeted with a glass of champagne when w arrived and viewed the art that was on silent auction in Salon C. 

Live Art Auction

Live Art Auction

 We really liked several of the pieces and enjoyed reading about the artists.  Dinner was served around 7:30pm and Prestonwood had put together a fantastic variety of food stations and an assortment of delicious foods.  There was a live band with music by The John Barker Project and Lisa York hosted the live art auction part.  The event also featured a live painting by artist Dan Nelson. The Art Ball offers a diverse collection of work from artists known across the state and nationally.  The auction featured sculptures, jewelry, pottery, wearable art and a large collection of painting, photography and mixed media.  Blake and I had a fantastic time at the event and thank you so much to Claire for inviting us to attend!  Thank you also to Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex for selecting the fantastic dress that I wore!  It was a sea foam slip with a delicate lace wrap, very artsy and very beautiful! I had lots of complements on the dress, thanks so much Lois!   

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