Triangle Ladies Power Lunch

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Yummy Eats of ALL Kinds!

Life Experiences Brownies!

Life Experiences Brownies!

Now, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that around here at Smith & Smith, CPA, we like to EAT!  After all, good food brings us together and Thanksgiving IS NEXT WEEK (slight panic….).  So let’s get right to the food talk…yesterday was the November Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon.  This is a women’s networking group that Smith & Smith, CPA has been proud to sponsor for several years.   As a GOLD SPONSOR, we get a large display table near the entrance and each month I take along guests with me for our RSVP table.  I usually try to include referral partners and clients in the mix and use our display table as a way to highlight clients & groups that we support.  So for the month of November, I decided to take along a delicious plate of brownies made in the bakery of Life Experiences.  I’m happy to be a Board Member for Life Experiences and I honestly believe that they have the BEST brownies on the PLANET!

TLPL girls at Smith & Smith, CPA table

TLPL girls at Smith & Smith, CPA table

So I took a huge platter, plus a ton of catering & bakery menus with me to hand out.  They were a HIT with the ladies and many thanks to Carrie Peele, Founder of The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, for letting me make an announcement about Life Experiences from the podium.  I encouraged everyone to consider Life Experiences for any of their catering and baking needs during the holidays.  Many thanks to the sweet friends at my table, Alicia, Heather, Shelli, Marla and Amy for helping with the brownies too!

Blake, Tony & Cam

Blake, Tony & Cam

Last week one of our Financial Advisor referral partners, Tony Delauney, of Ameriprise Financial Services, stopped by the office to bring by lunch…yummy sub sandwiches!  Tony has been a solid referral partner to Smith & Smith, CPA for many years and is preparing to get more involved in the Cary-area market.  We enjoyed having Tony over for lunch as he shared his plans and goals for the 2015 year and wants to include Smith & Smith, CPA in some financial talks.  Sounds like a good game plan to us!  As you can see, Tony left our office all decked out in Smith & Smith, CPA gear too.  Nice lookin’ cooler and tailgate chair you got there!

Papa Spuds with Lewis Farm Winter Berries

Papa Spuds with Lewis Farm Winter Berries

And finally a DELICIOUS strawberry SHOUT-OUT to our client, Papa Spuds!  The farm to fork delivery service, owned by Rob Meyer, works hard to bring fresh food grown right here in North Carolina to your doorstep.   Since 2008 they have been expanding their network of local growers and food artisans and are proud to offer over 200 food products a week!  Thanks to Rob for stopping by our office and bringing these delicious WINTER BERRIES, from Lewis Nursery and Farms in Rocky Point, NC.  The winter berries are grown in a solar tunnel and are available November thru April.  Thanks Rob!  Consider Papa Spuds for fresh produce right here in North Carolina!

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A Voice from Pat Nathan with The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch

Becca, Pat and Carrie

Becca, Pat and Carrie

When I hear the name, Pat Nathan, I automatically think about the great organization called Dress for Success of the Triangle.  I had the pleasure of meeting Pat Nathan several years ago and have heard her speak numerous times at different events around the Triangle.  Pat is the Founder and Past President for Dress for Success of the Triangle, a nonprofit that helps low-income women gain and maintain meaningful employment by providing them with professional working attire and accessories.

Becca and BJ Vendor Booth

Becca and BJ Vendor Booth

She spoke on Tuesday at the Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon, to a crowd of over 100 women.  Pat shared her personal story with the women in the room and really opened our eyes to her life, the struggles and success, and how she has overcome so much.  She is an inspiration to many simply by showing how she has used her life experiences to positively impact so many women around the world!  She said that “It is not about a life built on success but a life built on significance.”  She also challenged us to think about what we were ‘building’ in a life….a life of careers or a life of contributions.  Powerful food for thought!  The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, hosted by Carrie Peele, is a quarterly event for ladies in and around the Triangle area.  This month featured about 20 vendors and was buzzing with lots of networking and activity.

Donations for Dress for Success

Donations for Dress for Success

Smith & Smith, CPA has been a sponsor for this event for about 3 years now and we enjoy being involved.  Our Gold Sponsorship included a RSVP table, a vendor booth and several seats at the luncheon.  I was pleased to have guests with me this month of Patty McEwen (Cary Chamber), Stacey Sherman (Smith & Smith, CPA client) and BJ Davis of Coach BJ.  I invited BJ to share my vendor booth table and she was promoting her upcoming Emerging Women Retreats (I’m going to the one in October, please join me!)  Many women also took time to clean out their closets and brought along items to be donated to Dress for Success.  It was really awesome to see all of the suits, jackets, dresses and accessories that are going to help other women in Wake County achieve their dreams!  Thanks so much to Lois Cozart and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex, Lois picked out this metallic ruffle dress for me to wear and I had tons of compliments!  Shop MGC for some fabulous finds!

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Triangle Ladies Networking Luncheon

Ladies Networking Luncheon with Beth Wood

Ladies Networking Luncheon with Beth Wood

Today was the Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon, one of the BEST ladies networking events in the Triangle area!  It was so much fun to see everyone as the luncheon has moved to QUARTERLY for the 2014 year so the last time we had a meeting was in March!   Smith & Smith, CPA is proud to be a GOLD Sponsor for this ladies networking luncheon, and part of being a GOLD sponsor means we get 4 guest seats, a VIP lunch table, a vendor table in a prime location, mention on the website & emails, plus a shout-out from the podium by Carrie Peele (Founder of TLPL and Blue Diamond Limo).   Trevor and Alicia went with me from our office and Susan Pruskin of Susan Pruskin Consulting and Maura Silverman of TAP Unlimited were also our guests today.

Maura and Becca

Maura and Becca

Maura’s signature event with TAP Unlimited is this Friday night and she was very excited to share the news with other ladies at the networking luncheon.  We had our vendor table set-up with the Las Vegas Jackpot Machine (thanks to Beth Donnor of Diversified Planning for letting us borrow it) and as ladies stopped by our table they got to play around or two on the slot machine as we encouraged them to “Not Gamble with Accounting & Taxes”.   The ladies networking luncheon speaker was Billie Redmond, CEO for TradeMark Properties.  Billie shared her story of being a top leader in the predominately male world of commercial real estate.  Her company is 30 years old and has been very successful over the years.  She talked about keeping things in perspective and about a book she read a few years ago and changed her outlook on life and business.  I enjoyed hearing her speak.   I was happy to have Trevor there with me to experience a different type of marketing & networking event.  Trevor is our Summer Intern from Appalachian State and is planning to major in Accounting and Marketing.

WBON of Cary

WBON of Cary

I had the pleasure of introducing him to Beth Wood, CPA and North Carolina State Auditor after the meeting. WBON of Cary was also there as a Silver Sponsor for the 2014 year and were busy promoting their upcoming Summer Social on July 15th at Patrick Jane’s Pizza in Cary (beside of Trader Joes).  They had a very creative table and marketing technique today!   I look forward to the next Triangle Ladies Networking Luncheon that will be held on September 9th with the Founder of Dress for Success, Pat Nathan, as the guest speaker!  Thank you so much to Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex, for dressing me for the ladies networking luncheon in the Hana Cap-Sleeve Colorblock White & Yellow Kate Spade dress.  I had SO many compliments on the bright yellow and encouraged them all to check out the summer dresses, shoes and fabulous accessories at MGC!!

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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Welcome back Triangle Ladies and a Piece of Savannah!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch…the FIRST one for 2014! 

Becca with Sharon Decker

Becca with Sharon Decker

This is an event that Smith & Smith, CPA is proud to sponsor and has recently moved to quarterly meetings for the 2014 year.  I had missed so many of my friends from this group (our last meeting was in November 2013!) Smith & Smith, CPA has been sponsoring this event for many years and I always enjoy having an expo table and being able to bring along 3 guests (perks of being a Gold Sponsor!!)  I always try to take along a client to share my expo booth space this time I took BJ Davis.  BJ is a Leadership Training and Team Development Coach.  She was very engaging with the attendees and I enjoyed her being there so much! I also took along Amy Gretenstein and Tia Coppus.  We had a wonderful lunch table (hosted by Smith & Smith, CPA) and the speaker was Sharon Allred Decker, NC Secretary for the Department of Commerce.  I honesty can say that she ranks up there with being on of my TOP FAVORITE speakers in the history of Triangle Ladies Power Lunch!  I didn’t really know what to expect from her talk but I found myself hanging on to every word!

Winner of the flowers from Coach BJ Davis!

Winner of the flowers from Coach BJ Davis!

  She gave FOUR Tips that she has learned in her life: 1) You need to be open to Possibilities!  2) Be Still…we are killing ourselves with all of our ‘busyness’ and we need to stop saying YES to everything 3) Be Thankful…keep a “Thankful Journal” and write 4 things in it each night and 4) Quit Trying to Live a Balanced Life…life is a DANCE…so stop trying to balance and learn to dance.  Thanks so much to TLPL host, Carrie Peele and her team at Blue Diamond Limo for bringing Sharon Decker to speak and for a FANTASTIC TLPL 2014 Kick-off!  Next meeting is in June!  Thanks to Lois Cozart, owner at My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in this lovely dress from the Cary store location!  It’s a dress from Talbots and I got tons of great compliments!  MGC is stocking up on great spring & summer dresses!  Shop there and mention Beccasblog to get 10% off your entire purchase!

Out on the town in Savannah

Out on the town in Savannah

I was able to sneak-off last weekend to Savannah with some of my girlfriends to celebrate a very special 40th birthday!  We had a total blast, loved Savannah and their St. Patty’s Celebration has been on my to-do list for years!  Thanks to my girls for a super fun weekend and cheers to all of the great people we met, the awesome laughs we shared and the memories & experiences that will keeping us talking for YEARS to come!  Certainly a trip to always remember for many reasons! I hope to go back again soon!

 

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It’s a Mix & Match Friday

Becca and Ashley

Becca and Ashley

Happy Friday!  This blog post is gonna be crazy and kinda all over the place…a sort of mix & match from events this week.  So let’s get going!  On Monday, I met with a new friend, Ashley Culpepper, over at Orange Leaf frozen yogurt in Cary.  Ashley is an Account Executive with Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM and got my contact info through a co-worker who had attended a WBON meeting earlier this year.  I really enjoyed talking with Ashley and finding out more about her and her position with the radio station.  Turns out that we have a very similar target market and client base.  I’m looking forward to doing some client referrals with Ashley in the coming months.

Skirt party

Skirt party

Monday evening I went to my friend Susan Pruskin’s house for a SKIRT PARTY!  That’s right, a SKIRT PARTY!!  We met a really nice lady named Melani at the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch in September and we just went CRAZY over her skirts!  They come in all different sizes and colors/patterns.  She had full length maxi, A-line and pencil skirts.  Susan offered to have a skirt party at her house, so we invited a few friends to come over and have some delicious food, social time and skirt shopping time!  It was really fun, so thank you Susan for hosting!  I got a lovely long maxi and wore it on Tuesday night to our WBON Board Meeting…and two of my other friends from the skirt party also had their new maxi skirts on!  Here is a picture of me with Lisa Cotter and Elisa Roles wearing our new skirts!

Cam with Pumpkin candy

Cam with Pumpkin candy

With Halloween a few weeks away…our office has been getting into the season with some yummy Halloween treats!  Thanks to our friends and referral partner, Amy Gretenstein over at PrimePay Payroll for stopping by the office this week with a jack-o-lantern full of some really delicious Halloween candy!  Here is a picture of Cam holding the pumpkin, as he gets ready to pick out his favorite chocolate bars!  Thanks for thinking of us Amy and for stopping by to say hello!  We put the candy out in the front lobby to share with everyone who comes through…but you better come by soon as I’m not sure how long it will last!

Becca & Alicia

Becca & Alicia

This week on Wednesday was the October Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon.  The event was held at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh and my guests this month at the Smith & Smtih, CPA table were: Alicia Angell, Tia Coppus (Bank of NC) and Heidi Harris (Allen Tate Realtors).  Alicia went early with me to help work the Smith & Smith, CPA booth and we also had fun networking and meeting new friends.  This was our first event too with our new Smith & Smith, CPA tailgate chairs and coolers with the logo on them!  They were a  big hit!  

Tia with Marla and other friends

Tia with Marla and other friends

The breast cancer survivor this time, the She-Ro, was actually a mom and her two daughters, Marla and Becky.  Their story was probably the most moving and emotional that I have ever heard!  My friend Tia knew the sisters and she was so excited to be there for their special highlight.  Becky writes a blog called Becky vs. Cancer.  It is a scream to read as she takes a very comical and in-your-face approach to hear cancer.   The speaker on Wednesday was Nanette Geiger and she shared with the group her CSI plan to action.

It’s the weekend!!  Whoo-hooo!  I’m off to the lovely mountains of Banner Elk & Boone for a girls-weekend with some friends.  Thanks to my awesome hubby, Blake, for taking care of the boys while I’m gone.  Love you Blake!   

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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Triangle Ladies Power Lunch September Speaker

WBON at Triangle Ladies Power Lunch

WBON at Triangle Ladies Power Lunch

Yesterday was the September meeting of the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch.  I took along Alicia Angell (from our CPA office), Susan Pruskin (Susan Pruskin Consulting) and Jamie Glass (WakeTech) as my three guests.  We arrived early to get our Smith & Smith, CPA table set-up (thanks for your help ladies) and we also helped with the WBON of Cary booth that was right across from us.  WBON of Cary has their Annual Fall Mega-Networking Event coming up on October 9th and the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch was a great opportunity to market and share our event with other ladies in the area. 

Carrie with Lynn on stage

Carrie with Lynn on stage

The speaker for September Triangle Ladies Power Lunch was Lynn Bardowski, the Million Dollar Party Girl.  Lynn shared her story of being a mom working for corporate America but knew there was something more fulfilling out there for her in life.  In the late 1980’s she started with the company, PartyLite and within 3 ½ years she had made her first million dollars.  Lynn talked about overcoming fear and obstacles, plus self-doubt and barriers along the way.  She gave an inspiring talk and I am sure she encouraged many ladies in the room.  

GlobalRun4Water Sept. 29th

GlobalRun4Water Sept. 29th

Carrie Peele, founder of Triangle Ladies Power Lunch and owner of Blue Diamond Limo (also a client of Smith & Smith, CPA) was very gracious to allow me a few minutes during the meeting to make an announcement about the upcoming 2nd Annual GlobalRun4Water.  I was able to share with the crowd about the success of our event last year and all of the people/children we were able to help with clean water sources.  After the meeting I met a new friend from the Central Johnston Rotary Club and she took the water jug back with her to her club to get it filled-up with coins and dollars.  Thanks so much!  Thank you also to Lois Cozart at My Girlfriend’s Closet for getting me set earlier this week with a great Fall wardrobe!  They have all kinds of beautiful new boots, jackets and jeans in their stores and ready to wear!  Go by and check them out and tell them you read about them on Beccasblog.com!

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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Women’s Networking HEATING Up!

Triangle Ladies Power Lunch

Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, a cool women’s networking group!

Aside from the massive amounts of rain that we had here in June/July, it has been a really nice summer here in North Carolina.  The temperatures haven’t been too hot and for the most part the humidity has been good and low too.  But I’m always gonna be a girl who is ready for FALL!  The end of summer also means that MORE networking events will kick back into high gear…especially for the women’s networking groups!!  The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch took off for the month of July and had their first meeting this week.  I was pleased to attend with Renee Groom and Jamie Glass as my guests.  Our other table guests included: Vivienne Carosso, Jenny Clements, Kate Phillips, Jeanne Best and Tina Uliano.  It was great to see everyone at TLPL, a really fantastic women’s networking group.    

WHU Sisterhood

WHU Sisterhood

Earlier this week I also attended another women’s networking group, the WHU Summer Social & Initiation.  The event was held at the spectacular Hamilton Scot Inn in Cary.  What a jewel of a place!  Almost 50 new sisters were inducted at the event on Tuesday night.  The room was full of all shades of PINK…some from head to toe (that would be you Christine Engelbrecht).  I had a fun time at the event, hanging out with friends, networking with new business ladies, and catching up on the juicy summer details of my girlfriends. 

Sharon & Becca

Sharon & Becca

All of the new WHU sisters were given a colorful pink lei and our WHU sisterhood pin.  WHU has fun events planned for September, October, November and December of this year!  WHU is a brand new women’s networking group (and so much more than that too), you can find out more on the website.  Here is a cute picture of me and my super-funny-crazy-talented-loving-compassionate-beautiful-friend, Sharon Galluzzo.  Sharon and I go way back and seriously, no one makes me laugh like this girl.  Don’t we look lovely in our pink!?!?  My adorable friend, Lois Cozart, is also part of WHU and is happy to announce that My Girlfriend’s Closet is having their Summer Clearance Sale going on RIGHT NOW!  Everything is marked down from 10-90% off!  Stop by the Cary store or the Apex store to shop now and wear now (or save it for next summer!)  The lovely blue dress I wore to TLPL was from MGC and is a Trina Turk wrap dress!  Go shopping TODAY!  Tell them you read about their Summer Clearance in Becca’s Blog!  Also check out Dena’s Jewelry Box (a Smith & Smith, CPA client) with her 15% off handmade & unique jewelry sale (use code “HEAT” at checkout)

 

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Special Rotary Guest and a Bowling Birthday Party

District 7710 Governor Leigh

District 7710 Governor Leigh

I am so honored this year to serve as Club President for the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  Last week was a special week as our District 7710 Governor, Leigh Hudson, visited our club, along with his lovely wife, Pug.  Governor Leigh talked to our club about ‘standing up for Rotary’ and shared some of his very personal experiences and stories about Rotary in his life.  We are all very excited about the artwork he had created that portrays a current Rotary club meeting.  Prints of the artwork will be sold as a fundraiser for Ending Polio.  Thank you Governor Leigh for coming to our club to speak and share!  You are welcome to join us any week!

Celebrating with friends

Celebrating with friends

We had a great time last weekend going out to celebrate a very special birthday girl!  Our good friend and fellow Triangle Ladies Power Lunch member, Shelli Dallacqua, invited us all out to a fun birthday bash!  We all gathered at Sparians in North Hills for a fun evening of dinner, drinks, live music and of course, BOWLING!  It was really fun to be out with some of my business lady friends and their husbands.  Thanks to Carrie Peele, owner of Blue Diamond Limo and client to Smith & Smith, CPA for helping put this party together for Shelli! 

Social Media Cake

Social Media Cake

Shelli is an expert when it comes to social media and her business, Shelten Media, works with clients to get them ‘into‘ the whole social-media-world.  Check out this really awesome cake that was made just for her!  Blake & I had never been to Sparians, so we really enjoyed the whole experience and look forward to going back again soon. The food, bowling and video games were right up our alley for fun!  You will have to ask Blake who won in bowling!

 

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Hats, Dresses and FUN at the Great Gatsby Garden Party!

Great Gatsby Garden Party

Great Gatsby Garden Party

Over the weekend I attended a Great Gatsby Garden Party.  My good friend, Deborah Meehan, hosted the party at her lovely home in Cary.  Deborah started a group called the Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Women of the World and she hosts several parties & events throughout the year to get all of these crazy girls together.  I met Deborah a few years ago when she spoke at the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch and I’ve enjoyed her friendship ever since.  She networks well in the Triangle area and it is always fun to see her!  I attended her Christmas/Holiday party in early January with my sweet friend, Christine Johnson, and we had a blast then too. For the Great Gatsby Garden Party, I took along my long-time friend, Heather Swanner. 

Outdoor party

Outdoor party

The party was held outside under a large tent and thank goodness for the big fan Deborah had outside, as it was HOT, HUMID and MUGGY!  But that is the summer here in North Carolina (and the SOUTH!)  Everyone was asked to bring food and drinks to share and summer attire with HATS was encouraged.  I mean seriously, when do I EVER get to wear a big fun HAT?!?  So I was all over this party!I had picked up a cute sunhat over the weekend while we were in Atlantic City and the big blue flower on it matched perfectly with my one-shoulder peplum dress and fancy necklace from My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex & downtown Cary! 

Linda, Renee and Becca

Linda, Renee and Becca

It was so fun to see everyone dressed up and looking nice (well, as nice as you can in the summer humidity!!!)   Some of the ladies had on fun flapper dresses (Gatsby attire) and crazy cute headpieces with feathers and sparkles galore!  A fantastic friend of mine, Linda Lyons, provided music for the evening with lots of great singing, dancing and classy entrainment!  She was so fun to watch and her voice is amazing!  I saw lots of other friends there and it looked like everyone was having a great time!  Thanks so much to Deborah for the invite and for hosting such fun parties.  I saw The Great Gatsby movie earlier this year and Deborah’s Great Gatsby Garden Party was simply “Gatsby-style” all the way!

 

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Networking and Helping Others

Shopping & Networking at TLPL

Shopping & Networking at TLPL

Last week was the May meeting for the Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon.  The ‘Hostess of Ceremonies”, Carrie Peele, was off visiting her new grandbaby in California, so I was asked to fill in for her (but one can never really do as great of a job as Carrie does!)  The speaker was Christine Hilt, President of CLH Design.  She shared with the group of ladies her experience in working in a male dominated field and what it has taken her to overcome some obstacles along the way.

Terry and Renee

Terry and Renee

She gave some staggering statistics about women in landscaping design (there aren’t very many of them) and what different universities are doing to encourage more women to enter the field.  I enjoyed hearing Christine speak and love the fact that she is also a fellow Rotarian.  She has earned numerous certificates and awards for her work and leadership in the sustainability and LEED rating systems.  Thanks for coming to share with us Christine!  I was pleased to have my guests: Heidi Harris, Eleni Steadman and Frida Darmawan.

Susan and Myra

Susan and Myra

I was sitting with the Blue Diamond Limo table (in representation of Carrie) so my table guests included: Christine Hilt, Carrie Burr, Linda Craft, Kim Crump, Judy Fourie, and Dallas Bonavita.  The Breast Cancer ‘SHE-RO’ for Pretty In Pink this month was Terry Buchanan.   She was recommended by my good friend (and a good friend to many), Renee Groom.  Terry was picked up for the luncheon in the Blue Diamond Pink Limo and was joined at lunch by her husband, two of her three sons, and several other guests.  Terry came to the podium to share her breast cancer story and gave thanks to all of those who have supported her along the way.

Ms. Linda and Becca

Ms. Linda and Becca

It was great to see so many friends and to also make some new friends!  I met Susan Crews, a Body Transformation Coach for her company called “Sparkle & Shine”.  Her business card is really neat and was designed by TLPL Sponsor, Myra Ray, owner of MyrayGraphix.comSmith & Smith, CPA has been a proud sponsor of the TLPL for several years and enjoys the relationship very much!  Thanks to Carrie, Linda Sellers, Linda Brown, Becky, and the other Blue Diamond Limo staff that help make this a successful event each month!  TLPL also did a purse & shoe collection this month for the group, Dress for Success Triangle ChapterCarrie Burr, TLPl sponsor, headed up this project.  Thanks to all who brought items in!  Thanks also to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet for the lovely summer black dress I wore to the luncheon.

Dallas, Susan & Becca at Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting

Dallas, Susan & Becca at Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting

I’d also like to give a shout-out to Dallas Bonavita, Executive Director of a non-profit group called, Note in the Pocket.  Susan Pruskin and I met Dallas a few months ago when she was brand new to the TLPL.  Susan immediately booked her for a presentation at our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and set-up a clothing drive for our club members.  Our mission was to collect gently used children’s clothing and money for the purchase of new underwear (it’s staggering and saddening to know how many kids in Wake County don’t have underwear for school).

 

Our Club collection for Note In the Pocket

Our Club collection for Note In the Pocket

Dallas presented to our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club at our meeting last week and took with her all of our donations!  What we collected will help so many at-risk and needy families/kids in our community.  Note in the Pocket is holding a Volunteer Fair on Saturday, June 1st from 10am-1pm and is also hosting a Student Volunteer Leadership Program this summer.  You can find out more on their website.  What a great group for young adults to be part of and get some volunteer hours!  Thanks Dallas and thank Susan for such a great program!

 

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