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Let’s Do 20 for 20 with The Carying Place!

Delancy, April and Becca at The Carying Place 20th Gala Event

Delancy, April and Becca at The Carying Place 20th Gala Event

Last night Blake and I attended the 20th Anniversary Gala Event for The Carying Place. The event was held at the beautiful location, The Oaks of Salem, in Apex, NC.  My good friend, April Manese, is the owner of The Oaks of Salem and was the gracious hostess for the evening.  This was our first time visiting the property and I can easily see why it is a top spot for weddings and corporate events!  The place is simply stunningCatering By Design provided the delicious food and everything was really tasty!

Chef James, Steve Daniels and Blake Smith

Chef James, Steve Daniels and Blake Smith

Steve Daniels from ABC Eyewitness News served as Master of Ceremonies and spoke so highly of The Carying Place and all the work that has been done helping homeless families in the Cary area over the past 20 years. I love this picture of Blake standing with Steve Daniels and Chef James. Milt Douglass, the founder of The Carying Place, was also there last night and shared some very touching words with the crowd.  He started The Carying Place as a way to meet a need (homelessness) in Cary that wasn’t being reached…and now 20 years later nearly 310 families have been helped since 1993!

The Oaks of Salem

The Oaks of Salem

They talked about the program families go through at The Carying Place being a ‘tough love’ program, and truly it is.  They work with families to help them get back on their feet, but also to teach them how to manage their finances, pay their bills, prioritize their needs and be good citizens of society.  Families have to agree to the conditions and are held accountable along the way.  The Carying Place has grown over the years but still serves their main mission of helping bridge the gap between homelessness and permanent housing in Cary and Western Wake County.

April & Becca

April & Becca

I’ve been involved with The Carying Place for many years through many different groups & organizations.  Smith & Smith, CPA has helped provide Christmas gifts to some of the families, WBON of Cary hosted a charity fashion show in March of 2013 with proceeds going to The Carying Place, Blake and I attend their annual fundraising auction (typically held at The Matthew’s House in Cary) and the list goes on.  We saw many friends from The Cary Chamber at the event last night and also several other friends & clients.  The event was held outside on the back patio and even though it was a toasty summer day (it was hot and humid like August!) the big fans kept the air cool and circulating.  Several board members from The Carying Place spoke and shared their stories & experiences.  NC Supreme Court Justice, Mark Martin, was also a guest speaker at the event.  He spoke about Americans reaching out to help others in need and how he hopes we never lose that spirit.

Blake & Becca at The Carying Place 20th Gala Event

Blake & Becca at The Carying Place 20th Gala Event

The Carying Place is honoring their 20th anniversary with a really unique program called “20 for 20”.  They are reaching out to the community asking volunteers to hold their own kind of event and raise support for The Carying Place.  They are hoping to have 20 different & unique events held by the end of the year, thus the 20 events for 20 years title.  So far they have volunteers who have stepped up to host wine tasting dinners, sponsor a 20-mile bike ride, bake sales, and more!  It is going to be really neat to see all of these events come together!  If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact The Carying Place to find out more.  They have very nice packets that will help you plan your event step-by-step so that you can be successful and HAVE FUN along the way!  Event Coach is Wendy Dawson 919-917-5868 or office manager Sameena Rashid 919-462-1800.   Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfreind’s Closet (located in downtown Apex and downtown Cary) for selecting this Ya of Los Angeles long green, one shoulder dress for me to wear.  The green color was fantastic and I had lots of compliments on the gown.

My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary is holding their One Year Anniversary Party this SATURDAY, June 15th with lots of door prizes, give-a-ways, specials and more!  Please go to help them celebrate!  Tell them you read about them in Beccasblog and get 10% off your total purchase!  What a great way to SHOP LOCAL and SUPPORT 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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Giving, Golf and Graduation

GIVING at The Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen

GIVING at The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen

Today is all about the Three G’s…. Giving, Golf and Graduation!  So we will start with the first “G”…GIVING.  Blake is a member of The Next Level BNI group.  They meet on Wednesday mornings at 8:00am at The Matthew’s House in downtown Cary.  His group is committed to doing a service project at least once a quarter.  A few weeks ago they volunteered at The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen in downtown Raleigh serving lunch.  Blake went to help, along with several others from his group including Jaimie Kasopsky and Dennis Sargent.  It’s so rewarding to be part of a CPA firm and a BNI group that believes in GIVING back to the community.  Well-done guys!

Matt & Blake at Cary Chabmer GOLF

Matt & Blake at Cary Chabmer GOLF

The next “G” is GOLF.  Earlier this week the Cary Chamber of Commerce had their Annual Member Guest Golf Tournament.  For the past several years, Smith & Smith, CPA has been a committed “Hole Sponsor” for this event.  It’s a nice day for Blake & Cam to get out of the office and play a round of golf at Prestonwood Country Club with some friends, clients and referral partners.  This year their foursome included Matt Arthur and Shane Smith.  The weather started off pretty yucky, but as the day went on, the rain moved out and they had a great time on the course.  Thanks to TrustAtlantic Bank for being the Tournament Sponsor and to all of the other Hole, Beverage, Hole-in-One Car and Specialty Sponsors.  Your commitment to the Cary Chamber goes a LONG WAY!  Also congrats to Cam as he had a pretty good drive on Highlands hole #16 for the “Most Accurate Drive”.

Cam's close GOLF hit

Cam’s close GOLF hit

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Some of the other golf contests during the tournament included: Longest Drive, Closest-to-Pin and Hole-in-One (a chance to win a CAR sponsored by Hendrick Cary Auto Mall).  The golf game was played in the Superball Format with the team ‘Captain‘ selecting the best tee shot for each hole and all the plays hit from there to the green.  Mulliagns were also sold to teams as a ‘mini-fundraiser’ for those players who needed a second-chance-swing.  Proceeds from the Cary Chamber Member Guest Golf Tournament go towards supporting the funding of the excellent programs that the Cary Chamber offers each month.

GRADUATION with family for Tyler!

GRADUATION with family for Tyler!

 

 

The final “G” stands for GRADUATION.  The whole Smith family got together on Tuesday night to take our niece, Dallas Tyler Stephenson, out to dinner.  She’s graduating from high school in just a few more weeks and will be going to Meredith College as a “Meredith Angel”.  We are so proud of her!  She’s got some wonderful college years ahead of her and we know she is going to have a great time.  The kids enjoyed getting their faces painted at dinner too…hence their ‘crazy looks’.

 

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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Winners Well Deserved!

Pinnacle Awards with Brenda & Shelli

Pinnacle Awards with Brenda & Shelli

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Business Awards.  I was a guest of The Matthew’s House of Cary, thank you Brenda and Sheila for the invitation!  The Matthew’s House is also a client of Smith & Smith, CPAThe Matthew’s House was being honored with an award in the “Individual Entrepreneurial Company Awards” section as the winner in the 10-25 Employee category.  Super congrats to them!!!  Sheila Ogle, owner of The Matthew’s House, went on stage to accept the award and we all cheered so loud for her!

Congrats to the winners!

Congrats to the winners!

It was such a fun luncheon and I enjoyed being part of The Matthew’s House table.  My good friend, Shelli Dallacqua, President of Shelten Media, was also at the table and she was busy keeping social media up-to-date on the progress of the luncheon awards.  The luncheon was held at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh and was hosted by Penn Holderness of NBC-17/WNCN.  There were several other award winners from the Cary area and a big CONGRATS to my dear friend and fellow WBON of Cary Board member, Karen Albright, for her company, BodyLase Skin Spa for winning an award in the “Steady Growth and Profitability Award” category!  Congrats to all the winners.  Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for styling me in the silver ruffled metalic Trina Turk blouse.  Mention Beccasblog.com the next time you shop at My Girlfriend’s Closet (downtown Cary & downtown Apex) and get 10% off your total purchase!

ShopLocalRaleigh Morning Social

ShopLocalRaleigh Morning Social

Last week was also the ShopLocalRaleigh May Morning Social and it was held at the corporate office of Pretty In Pink Foundation.  I was impressed with the good crowd of people, especially considering it was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  I enjoyed meeting Dr. Anna Abernethy, she is part of the dental team at Renaissance Dental Care, located in the North Hills Shopping Center in Raleigh.  I also enjoyed talking with John Stanton, President/CEO of The UPS Store.  He currently owns two UPS Stores in the area and is expanding with a third store to the Cary area very soon.  Congrats to both Dr. Anna and John for the success and growth of their new & expanding companies!

 

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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The Story of Mickey and Matthew…

Chad & Katie First Dance

Chad & Katie First Dance

I guess you are asking yourself…”Who is this Mickey and Matthew” that she is blogging about?  Well, I will tell you!  Mickey and Matthew represent a large part of our Mother’s Day weekend (last weekend).  Blake and I traveled to Orlando, Florida, the home of Mickey Mouse (hence the Mickey part) for a family wedding.  My lovely cousin, Katie, married her handsome fiancée, Chad, at the Disney Wedding Pavilion and had their reception at the Grand Floridian Convention Center.  The wedding was beautiful and we had a wonderful (kid-free) long-weekend visit.  Katie’s older sister, Kyle, also got married at the Disney Wedding Pavilion about 6 years ago and we were able to attend that beautiful wedding as well.  So certainly one of the many benefits of working in a family business is being able to adjust your schedule so you can have a day of work-vacation to travel and celebrate those special occasions in life.

Blake for the Great Gatsby pose

Blake for the Great Gatsby pose

Blake thought he was pretty snazzy posing with lovely car that was parked outside of the Grand Floridian Hotel…I think Blake was trying to channel his inner “Great Gatsby” because he knows the movie recently came out and that I am DYING to see it sooner than later!  I think he looks really sharp and really nice!  We really enjoyed our mini-vacation; we stayed at the All Stars Movies Resort and attended the La Nouba Circque Du Soleil show at Downtown Disney.  That night we had dinner at Wolf Gang Puck and spent four hours at Disney Quest (like a giant Dave & Busters indoor arcade).

Becca for Gatsby too

Becca for Gatsby too

We flew Southwest and had a wonderful experience with them (as always). Thanks so much to my Uncle Kevin and Aunt Debbie for helping us with our travel arrangements for the wedding!  Thank you also to Lois Cozart from My Girlfriend’s Closet who helped me select a lovely floral one-shoulder Ralph Lauren dress for the Circque Du Soleil show and a fantastic bright orange/pink belted sundress for the wedding!  Her store is the best place to shop for summer wedding and other great events!  Her prices are hard to beat and their brands are endless!  Thanks Lois!

Bob & Sharon with the boys at The Matthew's House

Bob & Sharon with the boys at The Matthew’s House

And now let me tell you about Matthew…while we were gone to Orlando, my parents graciously came and kept the boys for us.  Since Sunday was Mother’s Day, my father-in-law, Bob, invited my parents and the boys to join him and Sharon at The Matthew’s House (client for Smith & Smith, CPA) for their Mother’s Day Brunch.  My parents were thrilled with the invite (they love Bob & Sharon just like I do) so they practiced all weekend with the boys about sitting nicely and using their manners, because The Matthew’s House is a very nice place!

Sharon & Marsha with the boys for Mother's Day

Sharon & Marsha with the boys for Mother’s Day

  The scrumptious menu included asparagus, pork lion, scalloped potatoes, Swiss chicken cutlets and several other delicious items.  Our parents really enjoyed the brunch together and Sheila Ogle was even kind enough to give them a tour of the house.  The Matthew’s House is a wonderful place to have wedding as well as corporate events, charity auctions, networking meetings and more!  Their tagline is “When You Have the Need to Feed…remember The Matthew’s House” as they also offer off-site catering (we had a delicious catered meal from them during ‘tax season 2013’ and it was sooooooo good!)

 

So HEY!  It’s the WEEKEND!  Do something FUN!

 

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 Delicious catered lunch for Tax Time!

Catered Lunch from The Matthew's House with Becca & Brenda

Catered Lunch from The Matthew’s House with Becca & Brenda

Everybody that has come in the office this week has been asking us if we are living on caffeine, coffee and sugar…and well, that is about right.  However, we did have a very delicious and HEALTHY catered lunch that was delivered to us yesterday from The Matthew’s House in downtown CaryThe Matthew’s House has been a client of Smith & Smith, CPA now for a few years and we really enjoy our relationship with them.  Not only is it a beautiful facility located right in the HEART of downtown Cary, (great for weddings, corporate events and meetings) but they also offer catered lunch (breakfast & dinner as well) to clients in and around town!  Blake’s BNI networking group (The Next Level) meets there on Wednesday mornings and I also attend several events there each month.  Such a beautiful place!  Brenda Steen, Director of Sales and Marketing, for The Matthew’s House, called me earlier in the week to see if they could bring us a catered lunch on Thursday and OF COURSE we were very excited (and appreciative) to accept the offer!

 

 

Amazing food!!!!

Amazing food!!!!

I requested a ‘HEALTHY LUNCH’ and they really did deliver!  The chef at The Matthew’s House is amazing and our catered lunch included: a fresh fruit bowl of strawberries and mixed melons, seasoned grilled chicken breast, pasta salad (made with olive oil, not mayonnaise) and homemade chocolate & peanut butter brownies (those were for Bob and the boys and their SWEETTOOTH!)  Our whole office really enjoyed the catered lunch and Brenda shared with me that a major part of their marketing plan is offering free catered lunch on Thursdays to local businesses.

 

Sharon enjoying lunch

Sharon enjoying lunch

If you would like to take advantage of this offer for your office, please contact Brenda (919-632-4713) or me (Becca@smithandsmithcpa.com).  Please tell her that you saw this in my blog and she will gladly bring your office a catered lunch on a Thursday!  You can’t beat that deal!  Keep The Matthew’s House in mind too as a great meeting space location, they would love to have your business.  And THANK YOU to My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown Cary & Apex for the beautiful white silk ruffle front summer tank that I wore to work yesterday.  Perfect for summer and all occasions!

 

Happy weekend!  Tax Day is MONDAY!  Hope you have your taxes filed by now or at least get an extension put in soon! Call us if you need help!

 

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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