Diane Hillsgrove

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 Women of Western Wake & We Build People

I recently attended the Cary Magazine’s 4th annual Women of Western Wake Luncheon that was held at the lovely Umstead Hotel on the SAS Campus in Cary, NC. 

Women of Western Wake Winners Panel

This was my second year attending and it has quickly become an event that I look forward to each year.  I attended the luncheon as a guest of my good friend and fellow YMCA We Build People Campaign colleague, Linda Shirley of BB&T.  The luncheon was very nice and honored five women who live & work in Western Wake and who have made major impacts in our community through their careers, companies, volunteer hours and personal lives.   The honorees this year included: Dr. Kerry Chandler, Director of Breast Imaging Services at Wake Radiology, Phyllis Eller-Moffett, founder of Quality Staffing Specialist, Debra Goldman, District 9 Representative for Wake County Public School System, Monica Smiley, Editor & Publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, and Bianca Strzalkowski, 2011 Military Spouse of the YearAngela Hampton of ABC 11 led an open & candid discussion panel with the honorees.  I enjoyed hearing each of the ladies talk about their passions in life and sharing their secrets of how they manage the life-work-balance in each of their busy lives.  My favorite honoree was Bianca Stzalkowski as I was able to really connect with her comments and I felt like she was a very genuine and relatable woman.  I enjoyed seeing another good friend at the luncheon, Christina Hayward, a local Arbonne representative

Christina & Becca

Christina is really growing her business/brand by attending lots of networking functions and making new friends/connections.  I’m starting to see Christina everywhere!  I was also happy to see past Women of Western Wake Honoree (2007), Diane Hillsgrove, Branch Executive Director of the Cary YMCA and fellow Cary Chamber Board of Directors Chair, Diane Rupprecht, attorney at Ellis & Winters LLP at the luncheon.  Cheers to Cary Magazine for another successful event honoring the outstanding women of Western Wake.

 Now back to the We Build People Campaign (WBPC).   This is my 2nd year participating in the campaign and I’m really trying hard this year to bring in some good donations.  The WBPC is through the YMCA and ALL of the money raised benefits underprivileged children and families right here in our very own area. 

Becca, Diane Rupprecht & Diane Hillsgrove

Over the past year I’ve been able to witness these families on a very personal level as I helped to deliver meals to them during Thanksgiving and I went to tour the summer camp, Camp High Hopes, during the summer while camp was in session.  I spent my childhood summers at camp myself, so I know first-hand the importance of summer camp friends, lessons, guidance and memories that last a lifetime!  So I’m working with Diane Hillsgrove to help raise funds through the WBPC to send these wonderful but needy kids in our community to camp and to help provide them with services throughout the year.  Financial gifts of all sizes are welcomed!  Blake and I have already contributed to sending a child to camp for one fun-filled week that includes learning life skills and character development.  The gift is only $169.  I’d love to have more gifts just like that!  Are you willing to donate/help?  Please contact me and let me know!  It’s easy and it is making a difference in our community.   

There are many great things going on in Western Wake!  I hope you are taking advantage of some of these great opportunities.  I look forward to hearing from you about donating to the We Build People Campaign and I know I’ll be seeing many of you at upcoming Chamber & networking events.   Keep in mind that our CPA firm is growing and currently taking on new clients.  We’ve changed our firm name to Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C. as Blake recently received his CPA license!  We are expanding into the office next door and we are hiring more staff.  We also have a BRAND NEW website coming soon, so stay tuned!  Even with lots of great growth and changes taking place, we are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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