Kathleen Ryan put together a wonderful recap of the impressive donations our WEC Sisters have contributed throughout the years. We wanted to share this information with everyone. Ladies, we really have made a difference in the lives of others. Thanks to each of you for your kindness and generousity:
WEC and Community Involvement by Kathleen Ryan
This holiday season is a time to reflect on WEC’s tradition of giving back to our Community. As a Club WEC has a history of helping others through scholarship, mentoring and, supporting PACE, our named charity.
* Women Empowering Women (WEW) Scholarship Two $2,500 scholarships on an annual basis to women entering or reentering college to further their career as entrepreneurs, senior managers and executives.
* New Tradition of taking up a collection to help feed the hungry at our November luncheon.
In 2010 and 2011, WEC members contributed $1,600 for Lifenet for Families and those members who volunteered in the early hours at Sawgrass Mall on Black Friday raised another $7,000. In total, WEC members raised a total of $8,600 to help feed hungry families in our community.
* Support for PACE Center for Girls Broward-WEC’s named charity.
Since December 2007, WEC has contributed $19,740 to support the girls at PACE Broward, has sponsored over 125 girls as guests at our monthly meetings,has collected gifts for the girls at our last 4 holiday parties, and WEC members have attended PACE special events and volunteered at the Center.
WEC is a group of professional women who are generous in giving back to the community and empowering other women and girls, giving them tools that will bring them success in their careers.
for Multiple Sclerosis Tournament will be taking place on January 17th at Stoneman Douglas High School located in Parkland, Fl.
Hopping 4 a Cure was created as a tribute to my husband Steven by my son David when he was a junior in high school. Now working on bringing the game to the University of Florida and other Colleges in Florida, he has left a legacy at Stoneman Douglas to carry on this event.
As President of this now Pending 501c3 not for profit organization I am reaching out to all of WEC to help make our mission come true. This year with your help we will be giving out the first of many "Hopping 4 A Cure"$1,500 College Scholarships to a qualifying student who either has MS or whose family has been financially hardshipped due to a member that has MS. One day soon our mission will also include Caregiver Support and Alternative Medical Research.
Tax deductable Donations and Sponsorship information are available on our website.
www.mshopscotch.org. You can just click the Sponsorship tab or contact me. Raffle prizes are also appreciated.
Have fun listening to our Hip Hop song and smile knowing you will make a difference in someones life! Enjoy pictures and learn more about this awesome funfilled Hopping 4 A Cure game of Speed, Endurance and Challenge. If you know of a High School, Middle School or College interested in having a tournament just contact me. The guidelines are in place and ready to share!
Marla cell: 954-536-3130 or office: 954-346-8558.
We HOP in the HOPE one day a CURE will be found for Multiple Sclerosis.
I’m Dr. Judy Coughlin, the WEC’s newest member. In October I took a huge step for my personal well-being and took a week off from my stressful life as a Professor and caregiver for my daughter. I booked a one week stay at the Kripaulu center in Lenox MA. It was entitled, “Rest and Rejuvenation for people over 40.” There were 19 women and one brave man. Everyone came for different reasons, but most were tired from work and relationships etc., etc., Over the course of the week, we took many workshops on self-care, setting healthy boundaries, getting joy out of life, etc., etc., We ate 100% organic food daily in a communal dining hall. Breakfast was silent, it was nice to sit in silence and contemplate everything, yet be surrounded by people. The leader of the group told us we all need at least one good friend who will always be there for us, through thick and thin. Not 2 or 20, just one and that the people who are there for you are your Choir, and you can be a member of your own choir. I thought about joining the WEC, and realized I’ll have many new members in my choir as well as be in yours. The camaraderie with strong professional women is unparralled from any group I have been in before and I’m really looking forward to meeting more of you. At any rate, it was a phenomenal experience and one I highly recommend anyone take, wherever you go. I simply left my life for a week. It was hard, I had to find 24/7 care for my daughter and put everything in order at work, and I thought I was indispensable to all of them, but somehow that week went on without me and I truly did rest and rejuvenate. I’m looking forward to hosting the book club on Nov. 12 at my home in Davie and look forward to making more new wonderful women friends.
I went to New England and Cape Cod for the fall foliage last month…I was transfixed by the beauty of the turning leaves to gold…everyone should take time to totally relax for a week of nature; it was so restorative for me…
Back by popular demand our speaker is Ron Magill from Zoo Miami.
His extensive experiences have taken him around the globe to explore the wonders of our natural world. From swimming with sea lions off of the Galapagos Islands to tracking tigers on the back of an elephant in India, his adventures have allowed him to live many of the dreams he had as a child. No place has made a greater impact on him than the magical continent of Africa to which he has traveled over 30 times. He considers traveling to the wilds of Africa a "safari of the soul" that will leave the visitor with an indelible impression of indescribable beauty from a world lost in time.
Ron is an award-winning photographer and documentary producer whose images have appeared in publications and galleries around the world including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. He hopes his images will help inspire an appreciation for wildlife along with efforts to protect it for generations to come.
Hollywood, FL (October 1, 2012) BigChef, the company that specializes in gourmet canapés, appetizers and hors d'oeuvres that are delivered to your door is sponsoring the the Opening Night exhibition of “Jade Matarazzo” Storytelling Through Photography at the Art Serve Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 19. Brazilian born photographer and visual artist Jade presents her 10th solo exhibition at the ArtServe Gallery in Fort Lauderdale from October 1 to November 2 with a selection of images that come from larger collections and a preview of some of her latest work and tendencies. Big Chef is sponsoring the Opening Night Cocktail Reception in her honor.
About Jade Matarazzo: Jade Matarazzo is a Weston, Florida based artist who has been traveling the world since she left her native country to photograph people's lives, places and cultures. Her work has been published in the prestigious journal 100 Contemporary International Artists of The World - European Community Artist's Library and Museum of The Americas… Specializing in the Tibetan 'Miksang' philosophy, Jade created her own trademark by playing with the focal points of her lenses and her camera creating a unique blend of colors and unexpected images."
The ArtServe collection brings together a bit of everything Jade has been exploring in the last couple of years. Although shooting her trademark Miksang pieces are still a great passion, she has also introduced some journalistic or documental images such as street photography.
Rosana Santos Calambichis, CEO of Big Chef says: "Being a part of this exhibit is exciting to us. As appreciators of Art, we know the importance an exhibit like Jade's brings to our community. Big Chef is providing appetizers, canape's and Hors D'oeurvrse for the opening reception. We want to do our part to make this a memorable event for everyone who attends. That is our ultimate goal."
Art Serve is located at 1350 East Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For information, tickets or directions call: (954) 462-8190. For additional artist information visit www.jadephotoart.com
About BigChef: Our concept is simple: we have passion for food creation and we strive to delight the palate of your guests with quality, great taste and value since 1999. BigChef offers gourmet, health conscious, freshly prepared frozen food delivered nationwide to you and yours in your homes, yachts and businesses! Let BigChef make your next corporate or family function a huge success! We also look forward to joint venturing with established caterers for special projects. BigChef is located at 5830 Funston Street, Hollywood, 33023. For more information, visit ; to set up an interview, call (954) 965-2480 or email Rosana Santos Calambichis at .