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A New Fundraising Event for April 2020

Published on 1/2/2020

Your Carmel Valley Women’s Club has labored long and hard to bring you an entirely new idea for a 2020 fund raising event. It was thought, after 50 years, that the fashion show concept needed a rethink, a fresh approach to attracting new recruits and enticing current members to get on board and support the foundation’s push for scholarships and non-profit financial support.

Record-keeping for fund raising in the early years is spotty at best, but if the club (pre-foundation) brought in at least $10,000 per year, that would put us in the half million- dollar category, a pretty decent showing for our little group. In a series of meetings throughout the summer and fall, a committee was formed and decided the foundation funding part was a critical ethical and promotional aspect central to who we are and what we do. But there’s nothing wrong with adding a little spice and spark to all of our activities. Ergo, the Kiwanis Fiesta and CV Chili Cookoff. Both events were fun, fresh and friendly ways to attract new customers, raise funds, and engage current member interest.

Before you is the concept ad for an agreed-upon new idea for our April fundraiser.

The ideas is to emphasize the entertainment fund raiser aspect, but develop a 
wider audience to reach more funders. The event will be an evening affair, with gentlemen playing a large role. The time, 6 to 9, and the emphasis, a variety of culinary repasts presented by local chefs, along with a selection of wines and other beverages, will add a touch of glamour and intrigue to the evening. Live and silent auctions will of course be a staple. And all will be augmented by live jazz throughout the evening.

Are you up for it? The committee has proposed a number of sub committees: Marketing, Decor, Budget, Venue, Restaurant participants, Wine participants, Auction items. Where do you see yourself fitting in?

The next few weeks will be devoted to filling in the blanks. All ideas are welcome. Contact committee head and Prez Cynthia Rivera,, or committee chair, Stephanie Byrne,