My Girlfriend’s Closet

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Local to the Table!  Farm to Table with Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary

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Dinner at Lucky 32

Last night was such a fun time!  Our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had a very nice dinner event with a Farm to Table Dinner and Presentation at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary.   The General Manger, Shane Garrity, is a member of our club and worked with me on plans to put the evening event together.  We had a limited number of seats, 24, and it filled up right away!   Guest arrived around 5:30pm and we started our program promptly at 5:45pm.

Perfect time!

Perfect time!

Shane was our host and told us the story of Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, about they started, their mission about supporting local farmers and giving back to the community.  They also reach out to those in the community who are often overlooked and underprivileged.  We heard about the other restaurants & hotels who are part of the Lucky 32 family, which are all located in Greensboro, NC.  Shane also introduce their Head Chef, who just so happens to be self-taught in culinary!  He also took time to share different points about the food, farms, and other interesting facts about Lucky 32.

Foggy Ridge Cider

Foggy Ridge Cider

Our first course was an appetizer of Voodoo Pig Bread, paired with Foggy Ridge Cider.  Sooooooo good!   The cider is from a farm in Virgina and the Voodoo Pig Bread is a favorite at Lucky 32!  The Voodoo Sauce is made & bottled local and sells at the restaurant and also at local grocery stores.   Other vendors for this course include Goat Lady Diary and Heritage Farm.   Our next course was the main entree and was Cornmeal Catfish, Collard Greens, Old Mill of Guilford Creamy Grits paired with Red Oak Beer.  Those who picked the vegetarian option had the famous Lucky 32 Black Bean cakes with sour cream sauce and kale greens.   Talking points for this course included Carolina Classics Catfish Farm, Collard Greens from Southern Living, Old Mill of Guilford and Red Oak Brewery.  Our final course was homemade season ice cream (cherry chocolate-chip flavor) and fresh coffee!

Catfish!

Catfish!

 

Voodoo Pig Bread

Voodoo Pig Bread

 

Coffee and Ice Cream

Coffee and Ice Cream

Shane talked about the coffee from Counter Culture Coffee in Durham and how they roast the beans AFTER they have received the order and that Lucky 32 uses their Blend #46 but that their sister restaurants use a different blend.  The coffee was really good and the cream too!  Shane and Chef opened the conversation up to questions and talked more about their vendors, the level of quality and trust that they expect and the little things that make them different from other restaurants in town. Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Heading home from Lucky 23

Heading home from Lucky 23

It was such a fun night and a BIG thank you to Shane and Chef and the wonderful waitstaff for taking such great care of our event!  I know everyone had a fabulous time!  Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for selecting the coral maxi dress for me to wear!  Her stores, located in downtown Cary and downtown Apex are BUSTING at the doors with all kinds of beautiful summer dresses, tops, skirts and accessories!  Shop there and tell them Becca sent you to get 10% off your total purchase!

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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Scholarship Program for WBON of Cary 2014-2015

Becca Smith & Steve Hand

Becca Smith & Steve Hand

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the WBON of Cary monthly May luncheon.  I was thrilled to hear my good friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Steve Hand, speak on none other then NETWORKING!!!!!!  Steve is the MASTER of Networking in this area and is the proud owner of Business Network International (BNI) for a good majority of the state of North Carolina.  I have learned so much from Steve over the years about networking etiquette, the Do’s and Don’ts and so much more.   Steve gave an excellent presentation and covered such topics like “You need to build deeper relationships and put systems in place in order to generate and predict your referrals, Join a networking group and work it hard, get your target market identified and work from there.”  He also said that having people who like, care and respect you is NOT ENOUGH for them when it comes to sending referrals.  You have to make sure they KNOW what you do and HOW to refer to you.

WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

He covered a 5-Step Referral Process and took a few questions at the end.   Steve is a dynamic speaker and kept the group of women engaged through his entire talk by asking different people to help read questions and using real-life example.  Great job Steve!   Yesterday was also the day that the WBON of Cary awarded their 2014-2015 Scholarship Fund Recipients.  Each year WBON of Cary gives 2-3 scholarships to women business owners and professional working women in the Cary Community.   I had applied this year and was THRILLED to have been awarded one of the scholarships!!!!   Such an exciting surprise!  WBON of Cary had been a large part of my networking and marketing focus over the past 10 years and to receive this scholarship is such an honor!

Congrats to Lois!!

Congrats to Lois!!

The scholarship is to be used for any type of educational training, classes, certifications, and to improve skills and knowledge in your focused area of business.  You have two years to use the scholarship. I plan to attend another marketing & blog conference and use that knowledge to further develop my blog into some new and exciting areas…so stay tuned!!!!!  The other scholarship was awarded to my dear friend, Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet!!!!!!!   Lois and I were thrilled for each other!  I’ve been working with Lois for about 3-years now in a clothing-marketing relationship.

Winners for WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

Winners for WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

I am proud to wear clothing from My Girlfriend’s Closet and Lois and her team do a FANTASTIC job pulling together outfits and accessories for all of my networking and marketing events.   In return I promote and market her stores everywhere I go!    I know Lois has bee working hard for this scholarship too and to receive it with her is simply perfect.  Congrats LOIS!!!  And yes, my yellow top is from the racks of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary!   Thank you to WBON of Cary for the Scholarship Opportunity, to Lisa Cotter of Doctor’s Express of Cary for her leadership with the Scholarship Committee.

Becca with Liz Cantino, WBON President 2015-2016

Becca with Liz Cantino, WBON President 2015-2016

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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Finally a GRADUATE of Leadership Cary!

Leadership Cary Graduate

Leadership Cary Graduate

This morning was an exciting time for me!  I graduated from Leadership Cary!   The program is hosted by The Cary Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Cary and involves a 6-month leadership course with monthly meetings, events, classes, seminars, group building challenges, community service, field trips, socials and a group project.   I’ve enjoyed Leadership Cary so much and it has been a goal of mine for many years to participate on behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA.  In the past 6-months I have had the opportunity to meet community leaders from WakeMed Cary, Rex Healthcare, SAS, The Umstead Hotel, Durham Underground, Cary Visual Art, The PNC Arena, PLUS political representatives from Wake County Commissioners, Wake County School Board, NC House of Representatives, NC Senate, Town of Cary and Town Council.  I’ve made long lasting friendships, developed some business connections and even found a NEW member for my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club!  Many thanks to the Leadership Cary Sponsors, the Cary Chamber and Christie Moser for making all of the arrangements and events possible.  I truly walk away from this experience having gained so much more then I thought I would!  Here is a photo from graduation this morning with my graduation award and a group picture of The Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015.  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex and downtown Cary for styling me in the stripped Saturday/Sunday dress.  Shop at either store and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015

Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015

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 Chamber Reverse Car Raffle & Auction

Last night was one of our favorite events of the year!

Girl Scout Cookie Basket for Twila

Girl Scout Cookie Basket for Twila

The Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Reverse Car Raffle and Live/Silent Auction.  It’s a great time and brings in 300-500 people!  The event is held at Prestonwood Country Club and includes tons of delicious food & drinks.   The first few hours of the event include a silent auction with over 200 items!   That’s always our favorite part!   This year, Smith & Smith, CPA donated a Girl Scout Cookie basket…filled with every kind of cookie you can get!  Congrats to Twila Wilt of Jim Wyatt, CPA for winning our basket!  Twila serves the Cary Chamber with me as an Ambassador and told me she plans to eat the cookies while she does laundry!  Sounds like a great plan to me!

Hand painted by Alicia's mom!

Hand painted by Alicia’s mom!

Alicia’s mom also painted and donated a beautiful canvas print of the white house in downtown Cary.  Thanks for your donation!!!   The evening event also features a Live Auction segment.  My friend, and fellow ShopLocalRaleigh member, Kim Davis, offered a YEAR OF PAYROLL during the Live Auction for her business, The Paystub People.  Blake and I had several friends bidding and they won some great stuff!   After the Live Auction ended, the final part of the night was the REVERSE CAR RAFFLE!  That’s right, the LAST ticket drawn was the winner of a 2015 Chevy Cruz Car!   However, the final 5 ticket holders agreed to sell their tickets back for $1,400/each so they all walked away a winner!

Kim of the Payroll People

Kim of the Payroll People

Blake and I had a wonderful time and love going each year to support the Cary Chamber.  The event last night is the signature fundraiser for the Cary Chamber and goes towards supporting all of their annual programs for small business owners.  Thanks to all of the Cary Chamber Ambassadors who worked hard to collect auction gifts and also volunteered last night to keep the event running well.  Kudos to the Cary Chamber Staff for their hard-work and dedication to our community!

Blake, Becca and Lois

Blake, Becca and Lois

Thanks to my beautiful friend, Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary & downtown Apex, plus Oh La La in Cary, for dressing me for every single networking event.  Last night she suggested I wear the black & cheetah animal print top by Trina Turk!  Thanks Lois for all you do!  Shop at MCG and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your total purchase!  SHOP LOCAL!

 

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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Snow Snow Go Away!  Join the Cary Chamber Today!

New Cary Chamber Members!

New Cary Chamber Members!

It’s been a crazy and wild week around here!  Snow and Ice on Monday night created a week of NO SCHOOL, uprooted schedules and lots of craziness!   But here we are at the weekend and it’s looking good!   I’m participating for my 9th year in a Row in the Cary Chamber Membership Drive.  I’ve had 3 new members join so far and was happy to have two of them, Val June of Val’s Family Care Home and Shannon Reaves of Angel Oak Home Loans join me this week at the Cary Chamber Business of Women Monthly Luncheon.   Both of these ladies are excited about their Cary Chamber Membership and are looking forward to getting more involved!

Patrick and Dr. Kim contribute to the Food Drive!

Patrick and Dr. Kim contribute to the Food Drive!

 

Our food drive at the office is going really well!   Thanks to all of our friends and clients who are bringing in canned goods.  Check out this cool picture of our client, Dr. Kim Rocha and her husband, Patrick.  They stopped by Smith & Smith, CPA yesterday to bring their tax items and were kind enough to bring in 2 huge things of juice!  Thanks so much Dr. Kim!  Remember, if you contribute to our food drive you get a flyer full of local deals from area businesses.  It’s a win-win for everyone!

This wknd at MGC!

This wknd at MGC!

 

If you are out shopping this weekend, be sure to swing by My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary on Sunday, they are having their BIG END OF SEASON CLEARANCE!  Items are up to 90% off!!!!!  THAT’S HUGE!!!!!!!!  The sale is 1pm-5pm on Sunday!   Hope you can go!

Have a great weekend and STAY WARM!

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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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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Cary, NC 27511

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Friendship & Giving in 2015

Women's Giving Network of Cary

Women’s Giving Network of Cary

Hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season and that everything you celebrated was Merry and Bright!  2015 is here and it’s time to look forward to what all the new year will bring!  Right after the holidays, I had the pleasure of attending the Women’s Giving Network of Cary Annual Post-Holiday Celebration Social.  This event is hosted by the founding ladies of the Women’s Giving Network of Cary and held at the lovely home of Sheila Ogle in downtown Cary.  It’s an opportunity for the members to bring guests to find out more about the WGNC and all the grants & projects we support during the year.  I was pleased to have two guests join me, Beth Dehghan and Christine Johnson.

 

PrintThank you to Sheila for hosting and it was wonderful to see so many ladies who have big hearts of helping others in Cary!  Cheers to 2015!  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet (downtown Cary and downtown Apex) for dressing me in the silver White House Black Market sweater.  It was a cold night and the sweater was perfect!  MGC has TONS of great items for these cool winter days and nights!  Tell them you read Beccasblog and get 10% off your purchase!

 

Time for TaxesIt is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returnsSmith & 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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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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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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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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