Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Women's Netowrk Holiday Party!

December 4, 2012 ~ So I had the pleasure of taking pictures at the Women's Network Holiday Party last night and what a blast it was! I am in no way shape or form a professional so I wasn't nervous or worried at all that the pictures wouldn't turn out..... which made everything so relaxing and fun!
 A huge thank you to Ashley Furniture for being our presenting sponsor and bringing some beautiful furnishings! (You'll see that we all had fun with this group of furniture in a bit!) 
 So while I was waiting for everyone to arrive I started playing around with my camera to get a feel for lighting, cool shots and just random artsy fartsy stuff....
As others started to arrive we thought it would be fun to capture a few pictures on the beautiful furniture as a way to kick off the night! 
And then it happened.... We went from a nice social event to laughing like crazy! 
Then there was this!
 (I love my wild and crazy friends whom we wouldn't have found each other if it hadn't been for Women's Network!)
Huge kudos to the co-chairs of the Special Events Committee, Nellie Symm-Gruender & Tennille Dorsey for all of their hard work and dedication to make this event successful! Awesome job ladies!
Also a huge thank you to Clay Cumbie who was our entertainment for the evening! He was awesome! He did a great job singing a mix of music which everyone seemed to enjoy!
As you can see everyone was having a great time! 
There were groups networking....
One-on-one networking....
People bidding on silent auction items.....
and more people bidding on silent auction items....
and even more people bidding!
(A special thank you to the many people that donated items for the silent auction!)
 We had people trying to eat...
People trying to explain how important Women's Network can be to your business (or palm reading... not sure which one...Ha!)
All in all the best gift of the night was that all money raised from the silent auction would go directly to Changing The Odds committee to help women re-enter the workforce. The total amount raised was $1,130.00 which is huge!!!! Just think of what we can do to help women get back to work! Truly amazing night! Special thank you to our other sponsors for making this event possible: Gold Sponsor was Columbia Daily Tribune, Location Sponsor: Stevens College & Printing Sponsor: AAA Mailing Service, Inc.

The cherry on top is that Women's Network is under guidance of our Director, Elizabeth Tate! Because of her dedication, support and guidance it has allowed the wonderful volunteers that support all aspects of Women's Network to be an amazing organization! We are lucky to have the great members we have that jump in and get their hands all over what Women's Network has to offer... Y'all are rock stars!

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