Mardi Gras Kick-Off

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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!

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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February is for FUN!

Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras!

I think I say this EVERY YEAR, but hands-down, February is STILL my FAVORITE month!  From Mardi Gras, to Super Bowl and celebrating birthdays and Valentine’s DayWOW, just SO MUCH to celebrate!   So I’ll start with Mardi Gras…each year, the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club puts on a HUGE Mardi Gras Kick Off BASH!  This year, the 9th Annual event was held at The Atrium in Regency Park in Cary.  Live music was provided by The Back of the Boat Band, and there was Live Auction, Silent Auction, Raffle Auction, plus over 25 different food, beverage and dessert vendors!  All of the proceeds from the event went to Life Experiences, plus other local charities and humanitarian projects in the community.

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

I’m a proud Board Member for Life Experiences, so we are always excited to attend this event!  Blake and I did a sponsorship on behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA and invited our whole office to attend.  Cam and Brooke were not able to go due to a family event, but Alicia and her mom came along and we had the BEST time!  From the fun and colorful Mardi Gras face masks, to the delicious foods, dancing and auction bidding, we really enjoyed the WHOLE time!  My Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had many members there too and was proud to support our very own club member, Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director for Life Experiences.  There was over 400 people there and from what I have heard so far, the preliminary numbers show that it was a SUCCESSFUL event for ALL!

Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50

We were SO proud to have the Carolina Panthers in the 50th Super Bowl!  We had a lot of friends and family over to our house and celebrated the game together.  We sure were hoping for a Carolina Panthers Super Bowl WIN, but alas, as you know, they just couldn’t get it together to beat the Denver Broncos!  We did have some Denver Broncos fans in the house though, as our good friends, Tia & Ethan Coppus are DIE-HARD Broncos fans!

Birthday Celebration

happy 60th bobWe have TWO office birthdays at Smith & Smith, CPA in the month of February…still not as many as we have in July (3) and November (3) but it’s a month of birthdays for Bob and me!   Bob turned the BIG 60 on February 4th and we celebrated with Krispy Kreme donuts (HOT NOW sign was ON), plus a brownie cake made by Brooke and a fresh fruit display from Edible Arrangements.  My birthday rolled around yesterday and I had SO MUCH fun having friends stop by with flowers, treats, goodies, hugs and cards!

Goodies from friends & Southern Oak Gift Co.

Goodies from friends & Southern Oak Gift Co.

They sure do know how to make a girl feel LOVED!   Once special gift was from a new friend & neighbor, Shea Armstrong.  Her business is called Southern Oak Gift Company and she provides gift boxes, bags and baskets for ALL occasions.  She brought me a beautiful red box of goodies yesterday and I am just smitten with her company!  Blake took me out last night to Full Moon Oyster Bar for a birthday dinner with friends.  What a YUMMY place!   Thanks for all of the birthday love!  February, you have been good to me!  Tax season is cranking up BIG time, so all of the fun in February makes it a little less…taxing.  🙂

 

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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Cary, NC 27511

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A Blog All About the M’s!

My Girlfriend's Closet UpCycle Your Wardrobe

My Girlfriend’s Closet UpCycle Your Wardrobe

This week has been CRAZY and I haven’t had a chance to really blog and get some things posted.  So I’m going to try to cover it ALL in one big Friday the 13th Post!  Last week on Feb 5th there was a great event called UpCycle Your Wardrobe, hosted by none-other then My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  MGC continues to be one of my MOST FAVORITE places to shop and while I wasn’t able to attend this event due to a conflict with another event, (will tell you about shortly), I did have several friends that went and they had a great time!  My good friend, Jessica Register, of Union Bank, went to the event and had a lot of success cleaning out her closet and jump starting her spring wardrobe!  Here is a cute picture of her with store owner, Lois Cozart.  They plan to do more events like this and I’ll do my absolute best to make the next one!

The Golden Gates Dancers

The Golden Gates Dancers

While my friends were at MGC to UpCycle their Wardrobes, I was at my Thursday night Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting.  We had a fabulous program last week that featured student exchange students from Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine.  They are part of a traveling entertainment/dancing group called The Golden Gates.  They entertained our Rotary Club with lots of cultural dance and costumes.  It was a very unique program and was enjoyed by all of our members and guests.

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members at Mardi Gras Kick-Off

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members at Mardi Gras Kick-Off

 

Last Friday night was an event that Blake & I look forward to each year….Mardi Gras!   This year the event was hosted on Friday night (used to be on Fat Tuesday), and it drew a great crowd as usual.  Lots of food from local restaurants, a local brewery and tons of great gifts to bid on in the silent and live auction.  The live band was The Back of the Boat and they had people dancing all night long!   The Mardi Gras Kick-Off Event serves as a fundraiser for both Life Experience and Cary-MacGregor Rotary Club & their programs and projects during the year.

Becca with Tayloire at MOPS

Becca with Tayloire at MOPS

And last but not least, Smith & Smith, CPA is a proud sponsor of a local MOPS group.  One of our clients (and a personal friend of mine) Tayloire Queen, asked me to consider sponsorship and it sounded like a great opportunity for us.  The MOPS group meets at First United Methodist Church in downtown Cary.   MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and they have groups all around the country.  This morning I was invited to join the group and do a brief presentation to them on the services offered by Smith & Smith, CPA.  I’m a big sucker for Valentine’s Day, so I made 30 gift bags for each of the ladies with all kinds of goodies, chocolates and candies.

Sugar Scrub from MOPS

Sugar Scrub from MOPS

Plus each bag included on our Smith & Smith, CPA HOT & COLD STRESS RELIEVER!  Very cool!   I spent a few minutes talking to the ladies about Smith & Smith, CPA and gave them a few tips & pointers to remember during tax season.  They gave me a very nice jar of Scrub-A-Dub Brown Sugar Scrub as a sweet thank you gift!!  I love sugar scrub so that was a perfect gift!   Thank you to Tayloire for the nice introduction to the MOPS group!  Tayloire is a Senior Creative Leader for Initials, Inc and recently earned a trip to Cancun through her company!  Way to go Tayloire!  Have a great time!

Michael Kors dress for Mardi Gras!

Michael Kors dress for Mardi Gras!

Many thanks to my dear friend, Lois Cozart.  I mentioned her earlier in the email, but wanted to give her another shout-out.  Lois has been dressing me for my networking events & socials for over 2-years now with items from her My Girlfriend’s Closet stores in downtown Cary and downtown Apex.  She dressed me in the Kate Spade sweater dress (seen in the photo with the Russian dance girls, as well as the Michael Kors Sequence Gold Wrap Dress for the Mardi Gras event.)  She knows style and know how to dress every woman with any type of body and style!  THANK YOU SO MUCH LOIS for this amazing marketing/promotion business relationship!

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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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone