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Giving, Loving and Supporting Our Community

Carla, Becca and Dr. Brolin

Carla, Becca and Dr. Brolin

All too often we get so wrapped-up in just work, work, work.  We get all consumed about our families, our kids, who-is-supposed-to-go-where-when-and-what-time…we forget to pause and think about others in life who are struggling or not as fortunate as us.  So Thursday was a very nice day of honoring those in our community who are working hard to improve the lives of many in our area.  Carla Liberatore, Vice President of The Liberatore Stroud Group, invited me to attend the Cary Women’s Giving Network Grant Awards Luncheon.  The CWGN is a member of the North Carolina Community Foundation and is an organization of local women operating together to bring resources to the needy in the community.

Corral Riding Academy was awarded a grant

Corral Riding Academy was awarded a grant

The group was formed in 2011 and this awards luncheon marked their very first year in awarding grants to non-profits serving Cary, under the direction of its full membership.  The luncheon was held at the beautiful Matthew’s House (a client of Smith & Smith, CPA) in downtown Cary.  The three grants awarded totaled $15,000 and were presented to The Corral Riding Academy, The Carying Place and Dorcas Ministries.  I love all three of these non-profits and it was honestly hard to hold back tears as each one took the podium and told about their organization and how the money would be used (okay, you know me, I’m a crybaby, so I didn’t hold back the tears).

The Matthew's House

The Matthew’s House

It was wonderful to see so many of my fellow Cary women there at the luncheon, many of whom I respect and look-up to as role models (that would be you Judy Fourie, Sheila Ogle, Michelle Muir, Deidre Jersey, Cathy Burns and Liza Weidel).  Thank you so much Carla for inviting me and I look forward to working with the Cary Community Foundation this year!   And congrats to all the grant award winners and kudos for the work you do in our community.

 

Becac, Beth, Susan and Shirin

Becac, Beth, Susan and Shirin

 

For the evening hours, I ventured over to the NC State University Club for the WomenNC.org Local to Global’ dinner.  I attended this event last year, and had a very nice time.  WBON of Cary is a proud sponsor, so Susan Pruskin (WBON Treasure) and I were there to represent WBON.  We had a nice booth in the lobby and our candy-buffet drew lots of attention.  We were able to talk with attendees about our upcoming March Charity Fashion Show & Fundraiser (that will benefit The Carying Place this year).  WomenNC.org Founder & Executive Director, Beth Dehghan, is the owner of Village Cleaners, a good friend of mine,  and also a client of Smith & Smith, CPA.

WBON Supporting WomenNC.org

WBON Supporting WomenNC.org

The program this year featured 5 students (Yolanda, Brian, Marzia, Molly and Elisabeth) and they each took a turn at the podium talking about their program study and presenting their research.  They will travel to New York in March to attend the United Nations 57th Annual “Commission on the Status of Women”, where they will present their research to people from 200+ countries and over 400 NGO’s.  Thank you Beth for inviting us to participate!  We were also happy to have Shirin Mashhoon attend; she’s in the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club with Susan and me.  Again, wonderful work done by WomenNC.org to bring awareness of women’s human rights, equality and opportunity to the forefront and for their work engaging local young-adult college leaders.

And thanks as always to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown Apex & Cary for the lovely royal blue BCGBMaxazria dress!  It was a great fit for all of the box lifting with the WBON booth and for moving from event to event on Thursday.

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WomenNC.org in TedX Style

 

WomenNC.org ladies

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club was so pleased to have two of the 2011-2012 WomenNC.org scholars attend & speak at our meeting in May.  Becca Bishopic and Anuja Acharya gave a very engaging and educational presentation in the TedX style (through a program at NCSU).  Their presentation included their experience with WomenNC.org and they shared with our club their recent trip to the United Nations in New York City!  It was so cool to hear about all of the neat women they had met from all over the world.  Becca and Anuja are both so well spoken and truly are phenomenal young women.  Violet Rhinehart, a retired Wake County Social Studies teacher and an Advisor for WomenNC.org also joined us that night.  After the girls finished their presentation, Violet did a wonderful job with a follow-up talk about WomenNC.org; their mission, passion and lives they are changing!  Thank you so much ladies for coming to share with our club! 

RotaryGlobalRun4Water

 

Also go ahead and SAVE THE DATE for Sunday, September 30th 2012.  This is the date for our RotaryGlobalRun4Water race. This is an event that we are VERY excited about and are making BIG PLANS right now!  It will be a 5k race/run/walk and also a cool water-carrying event afterwards (to symbolize what other people around the world have to do for water).  It will start at 4pm at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.  Hope you can join us!  We are looking for sponsors, runners, volunteers and more!

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 Local to Global

WomenNC.org

The WomenNC.org hosted their NC University Women Featured at the United Nations Presentation Dinner Forum on Thursday, February 16th 2012 at the NC State University Club in Raleigh, NC.  This was a highly anticipated dinner by many in our area and around 200 people attended the evening event (despite the crazy weather and heavy rain that made the arrival/check-in and parking a challenge!).  WBON of Cary (Women Business Owners Network) was a proud event sponsor and we had several ladies from our group at the event.  We were pleased to be part of such an amazing event and it is impressive to see the WomenNC.org work so hard to help take local issues to a global level.   As an event sponsor, WBON had a nice booth display in the welcome lobby and our booth was inviting with a candy buffet of assorted yummy treats.  We had the opportunity to tell everyone who stopped by about WBON and promoted our upcoming Annual Charity Fashion Show & Fundraiser (March 14th2012) as well as our scholarship program that is offering $4,400 in scholarships this year to Wake County female business owners!  It was very exciting to see the young women recipients of the of WomenNC 2012 CSW Fellow program.  

CSW Fellows Dinner

They were so proud to have their families and friends there to support them.  One dad was there all the way from Minnesota to support his lovely daughter.  Anita Sivakumar (WomenNC President) started the evening off with a warm welcome and introduced Tamara Gibbs (WTVD ABC Eyewitness News Team) as the evening emcee.  Tamara introduced each of the CSW Fellows, and they took turns presenting their topics/findings to the crowd.  The girls will be traveling to the United Nations 56th Annual “Commission on the Status of Women” in NYC where they will represent North Carolina and present their research in a panel presentation as well as take part in dozens of conference sessions.  They will also have the opportunity to interact with people from over 200+ countries and 400 NGO’s.  After their trip, they will continue to present and share their findings with universities, non-profits and public forums all across the state of North Carolina. 

WBON Booth for WomenNC.org

WBON of Cary was proudly represented by Becca Smith (current WBON President and Direct of Marketing for Smith & Smith, CPA), Ruth Drum (IT Chair for WBON and representing Crossroads Business Center), Autumn LaBarca (Fundraising Co-Chair for WBON and Sales & Marketing Director for Doctors Express Urgent Care of Cary), Annie Cook (WBON member and owner of Koko FitClub of Cary), Barbara Petty (former WBON member and owner of BOOM! Magazine) and Becca Thomas (friend of WBON and of Moe’s Catering in Cary). 

 

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I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to attend my first WomenNC.org event earlier this week.  I was introduced to this organization through a good friend and client, Beth Dehghan.  Beth is the Executive Director for WomenNC, which is a 501-(C)(3) non-profit organization that is involved with the United Nations Annual Commission on Status of Women (CSW) and supports the tenants of the UN’s International Treaty CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women).  I attended the Fundraiser for CSW Student Fellowship Program, which was an afternoon international tea-tasting reception. 

WomenNC.org CSW Student Fellowship Fundraiser

The five students from North Carolina that have been selected to receive the WomenNC.org  fellowship awards were present at the fundraiser and I really enjoyed meeting several of them and finding out more about their particular area of interest.  I spoke with Hannah Nemer, a student at UNC Chapel Hill, who is doing her research on: Role of Media In Education, and I also spoke with Becca Bishopric, a student at N.C. State University, and she is doing her research on: Human and Sex Trafficking.  The other students; Anuja Acharya, Abby Bouchon and Mariamawit Tadesee were also there.  These young ladies will be gathering research on their specific women’s issues in North Carolina and then will travel to the UN Commission in New York City in early 2012 to present their findings at a UN Panel Discussion and will also attend various sessions.  How exciting for these young ladies and they truly are making a difference in the world, especially for women.

Vaji Dehghan serving tea

  I’m looking forward to working with Beth on more WomenNC.org events.  I will be attending their presentations on February 16th 2012 at the NCSU Faculty Club.  The teas were very delightful at the fundraiser and I enjoyed tasting different ones and chatting with other guests.  Beth’s husband, Vaji, was one of the tea servers.  Vaji and Beth are the proud owners of Village Cleaners and Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is proud to represent them.  Check out their website for locations and some valuable coupons!  They would be happy to help you with any of your holiday dry-cleaning needs, and think of Village Cleaners if you have any spills or accidents during the holidays (especially with all of those family members in town!)   Thank you, Beth, for introducing me to WomenNC!

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Water in Kenya & WomenNC.org

 Our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had a very nice presentation last night by Ryan Rowe.  Ryan is one of the UNC Rotary Peace Scholars and is working on a Masters Degree in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill

Ryan, Rick, Beth, Scott & Shirin

Ryan’s presentation was about WaSH in Kenya and documented this trip/experience in Kenya studying their current water systems & water situation.  Ryan is originally from Montreal, Quebec and had previously visited our group earlier this year and is being hosted by one of our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members.  We also enjoyed having Beth Dehghan as a visitor at our meeting last night.  She is the founder of a non-profit group called WomenNC.   I was pleased to see Beth at our meeting because she is also a friend and a client of our CPA firm.  Beth shared her story & vision for WomenNC.org with our group and we hope she will return again soon!  Are you part of a local Rotary Club?  If not, you sure are missing out one of the best things around!  I invite you to visit our Cary-Kildaire Club any Thursday night of the month and please “LIKE” us on facebook at Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club!

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