The Corral

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Ronald McDonald House & The Corral with WGN

Becca & Tammy

Becca & Tammy

I would like to thank my friend Tammy Cordes, for inviting me on Tuesday to the Ronald McDonald House “One Small Year” Fund-Raising Breakfast.  The event was held at McKimmon Center in Raleigh and was an effort to support the Ronald McDonald House of Durham.  It was an excellent opportunity to learn how we can support seriously ill children and their families.  Several stories were shared from the podium of how lives have been altered in changed…in just one small year…with an illness that strikes suddenly and totally unexpected.  It was a very emotional morning as lots of tears were shed around the room from the heartfelt stories of tragedy and survival.  Thanks so much for the invite Tammy, Blake and I are proud to be new supporters of the Ronald McDonald House.   

Women's Giving Network at Corral

Women’s Giving Network at Corral

That afternoon I joined the Cary Community Foundation Women’s Giving Network for a brown-bag lunch and tour of The Corral Riding Academy.  The Corral was a recipient of a grant earlier this year from the Women’s Giving Network.  It is always a fun opportunity for me to get to visit The Corral and I love their work and their mission.  For many of the WGN ladies, this was their first time on the farm!  Thanks to Joy, the Executive Director, for hosting us for lunch and for a tour!  Amazing things are happening in the lives of young-at-risk-girls in Wake County, thank you Corral!   Thank you to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex and downtown Cary for dressing me in this lovely Boston Proper top!  It was a beautiful outfit for the cool Fall weather, loved the bedazzled broach in the middle too!  Shop My Girlfriend’s Closet and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

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Awards to the Community

2013 Cary Community Foundation Grant Awards Breakfast

2013 Cary Community Foundation Grant Awards Breakfast

Last Friday I attended the Cary Community Foundation 2013 Grants Awards Breakfast at the lovely Matthews House in downtown Cary.  The Matthews House is a client of Smith & Smith, CPA, and a very beautiful place for events of all kinds!   I joined the Cary Community Foundation Board earlier this year and it has been a fun opportunity and I’ve met some wonderful community leaders.  I helped serve on the Grants Committee this year and we had over 25 grant applications to read through and compare.  It was so hard…I wanted to give them ALL grant money!  I had tears in my eyes as I read through the grant applications.  We had $7,000 to give out to all of these worthy organizations.  

Susan, Elise and Becca

Susan, Elise and Becca

The grant awards were divided into different categories, which made it much easier to judge.  The Cary Community Foundation President, Carla Liberatore, hosted the Grants Awards Breakfast and opened the morning with a welcome.  Sheila Ogle of the Matthews House offered the invocation and then breakfast was served buffet style (and it was sooo yummy and healthy!)  Vice President, Laird Hepburn, gave out all of the grant checks and asked each recipient to speak briefly about their organization and how the money would be used to benefit the good of those in the Cary Community.  Once again, some of the stories that the grant recipients shared really brought tears to your eyes.  It is so rewarding to know that the money is being put to good use for those who really need an extra hand in life.  One of my favorite non-profits, The Corral, was the recipient of grant money that will be used towards after school educational supplies for the girls at The Corral. 

Join the Cary Community Foundation!

Join the Cary Community Foundation!

Another one of my favorite grant awards was given to Hospice of Wake County for a signature piece of art that will be put in the bereavement garden and will be focused on children and their healing needs.  The morning event was very special and I think everyone left the breakfast feeling blessed and uplifted.   Congrats to all of the grant award recipients!   I enjoyed seeing lots of friends and also would like to thank, Liz Cantino from VantageSouth Bank for joining me as my guest. 

Leading Ladies from the NC Community Foundation

Leading Ladies from the NC Community Foundation

I loved seeing my friend Elise Johnson and here is a cute picture of us with Cary Community Foundation Board member, Susan Balke (of DHW CPA).  Thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex and downtown Cary for selecting this lovely dress by eci New York for me to wear to the grants awards breakfast.  I had several compliments on it!  Shop at My Girlfriend’s Closet and tell them you read about them in Beccablog.com and get 10% off your 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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Hanging with the Horses for CPA Day of Service

CPA Day of Service

CPA Day of Service

Last Friday, September 20th, was CPA Day of Service, sponsored by the NCACPA.  All CPA firms in North Carolina were encouraged to volunteer for a community organization of their choice, (you could work as a group or as individuals) and you could commit the whole day or just a few hours volunteering.  We participated last year in 2012 at Life Experiences in Cary and had a great time.  This year we went to The Corral Riding Academy.  The Corral is a non-profit that works with at-risk teenage girls by pairing them with horses that have been rescued from their unsafe environment. 

The Corral

The Corral

The girls learn how to take care of the horse, engage with the horses through chores and “life on the farm” and also get help with schoolwork, tutoring and successful life skills. I love The Corral and have been personally involved with them over the past few years.  I believe in the work they are doing, I enjoy their staff, their location is great (close to our house) and I always enjoy being on the farm with the horses. 

Mending the fence

Becca mending the fence

Marinna Jasso, the Volunteer Coordinator, at The Corral, worked with me a few weeks in advance on planning our CPA Day of Service.  On Friday morning, Alicia, Cam, Blake and I showed up at The Corral farm for a half-day of volunteering.   Our first project was to work on a fence between Field 1 and Field 2 by securing the wire fence into place on the stakes.  The horses, one in particular, (the little white pony) was having fun running from one field to the next by cutting through the fence.  So we had to fix that. 

Fencing building

Blake & Cam Fencing building

It started to rain while we were working, but Marinna brought us some ponchos and we kept on fixing the fence.  Our next project was to build a temporary pasture around back near Field 3 so the horses could have some new grassy areas to graze.  This took a bit of coordination and some use of farm/fencing equipment that can be a little foreign to a group of ‘office workers’.  But we had fun and learned a lot about taking care of a farm & horses!  The horses were beautiful and were very friendly.  They came right up to us and wanted lots of attention! 

Alicia digging soil samples

Alicia digging soil samples

Our final project was to take soil samples from three of the fields and box them for testing at NC State.  This required us to dig three holes on each field, then mix the soil together and box it up for the sampling.  Not such an easy job when parts of the field had really hard ground.   The NCACPA provided nice green CPA Day of Service t-shirts for everyone to wear.  They also held a photo contest again this year and the winner will be on the front of the NCACPA magazine.  While we didn’t win last year, we did make it into the magazine.  This YEAR though, we are hoping to WIN and be on the front cover!  Below are the two pictures that we’ve submitted for the contest…what do you think??  Winner Winner right!?!?

Contest Photo 1

Contest Photo 1

Contest Photo 2

Contest Photo 2

 

Thanks to The Corral for letting Smith & Smith, CPA come to the farm on Friday for CPA Day of Service.  We enjoyed it so much! 

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 Crazy Blog about Animals and Friendships

White Tiger Summer Camp!

White Tiger Summer Camp!

You know the phrase…“Lions, Tigers and Bears OH MY!”  Well, my blog today is “Tigers and Horses OH MY!”  Last week the White Tiger Taekwondo bus came over to Smith & Smith, CPA to visit.  Blake, Bob and Cam went out to see the bus with Fred (from White Tiger) and of course I was right behind them with my camera to take their picture!  White Tiger has great programs for ALL ages and they are gearing up for their summer camp programs.  What better way to promote your summer camps then with a HUGE bus like this!?!  So we say…TIGERS!  OH MY!

 

Farm Day at The Corral with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Farm Day at The Corral with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

On Saturday, my Rotary Club, Cary-Kildaire, gathered together at The Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC to work on “FARM DAY”. Farm Day is a chance for groups to come out and put some ‘sweat and tears’ into the farm.  That’s right, it’s a day to help the staff & girls of The Corral with projects around the farm.  This was our first time helping with FARM DAY and we had a great time!  We did all kind of jobs from moving the hay bale protectors, painting, moving & loading wood, trimming the bushes, planting flowers, fixing broken flower beds, hauling loads to the different fields and much more!  Our club is really looking forward to working with The Corral on future grants & projects.  So we way…HORSES, OH MY!

 

Dinner with friends

Dinner with friends

And one final shout-out to some of my ‘mommy-friends’!  Our youngest kids go to the best preschool in town and I have really formed some great friendships with all of the other parents/mommies in the classroom.  So a few weekends ago I had dinner with Megan and Katherine.  We met for dinner & drinks at the Carolina Ale House and had a great time sharing work stories, but also, PARENTING stories!!!  Our three boys (along with the other kiddos in the class) are the best of friends and always seem to be up to something together at pre-school!  Thanks Megan and Katherine for a fun night out!  We missed the rest of you mommies from our preschool, but we know we will see you all at our next gathering!

 

Is it the weekend yet!?!?!?!  Anyone else feel that way!?!?

 

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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Engage in Your Community…CPA Day of Service

CPA Day of Service with Life Experiences

Can you imagine 14,000 members all involved with 1 association in 100 NC counties using 24 hours on one day to engage in their community?!?!?  That is exactly what happened on Friday, September 21 2012 in the CPA Day of Service, sponsored by the NCACPA!  What a cool idea right!?!? (the day was even declared & supported by NC Governor Beverly Perdue) You know that Smith & Smith, CPA loves to be involved with our community, especially when it involves a ‘hands on service to others’, so the CPA Day of Service was right up our alley!

 

 I was quick to sign-up our office to participate and I knew exactly which organization I wanted to work with…Life Experiences in Cary, NC.  I filled out all of the required paperwork and contacted Mary, Executive Director for Life Experiences.  She was thrilled with the idea and welcome the help.  The NC State CPA students were also going to participate in the CPA Day of Service and were looking for a local organization to help.  They contacted me and they ended up sending some of their students to Life Experiences as well (some of their other students went to The Corral to help around the farm, one of my other favorite local organizations). 

Cam helping out

It was a wonderful day of service to our community!  Cam and Blake helped with outdoor yard work and did some indoor chores and cleaning.  They had a great time talking with the Life Experiences clients and made lots of new friends along the way.  The NCACPA is also holding a contest for the “Most Creative CPA Day of Service” photo…winner will be printed on the cover of the November Interim Report!  I hope we win, we submitted the group picture made in the bakery of Life Experiences as our ‘winning photo”.  Thank you to the NCACPA for putting this wonderful idea together and thank you to Mary & the wonderful people of Life Experiences for letting us serve you last Friday!

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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Summer Camp Lunch

Summer camp has always had a special place in my heart.  I grew up going to summer camp, worked at a summer camp in college and I look forward to the days when my kids can go to summer camp.

Chick-fil-a for The Corral

 

 A few months ago I had the joy of getting to know the wonderful girls and leaders of The Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC.  I’ve been able to participate in several events with them and I look forward to working with them and the girls for years to come.  The Corral has their summer camp going on for the last two weeks of July and they are looking for local businesses & organizations to help provide lunch to the girls.  I jumped at this opportunity and teamed up with Rob Dyer and Diane Curfman of Chick-fil-a Waverly Place for a co-sponsored lunch.  I went by Chick-fil-a Waverly Place on Monday and they loaded my car up with boxed lunches for 20 girls/volunteers!  The boxed lunches included a hot Chick-fil-a sandwich, bag of chips, a delicious cookie and a fresh cup of fruit.  I also took two jugs of their famous sweet tea! 

The Corral girls summer camp

The girls were still working on their morning sessions when I arrived (learning the parts of the horse, working on care & maintenance of horses, etc.) so I took some time to walk around the farm and watch the girls in action.  What a wonderful summer camp opportunity for these girls and they were all having so much fun.   We had lunch together inside, WHEW, it was a hot day!  The girls then spent the rest of the afternoon doing chores on the farm and having small group sessions.  They were all very appreciative of lunch and I can’t thank Rob, Diane and the whole team of Chick-fil-a Waverly Place enough for their support of The Corral.  If your business or organization would like to work with The Corral or provide lunch to the girls one day this summer, reach out to them soon as the days are filling up fast!

 

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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