The Organizing Committee of the Annual Charity Event would like to sincerely thank all the IWCS members and their friends who attended and contributed to our event on April 29th. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by Frauen helfen Frauen, the local women’s shelter we are supporting with our donation.
We were especially happy to see so many guests embrace this year’s masquerade theme! You all looked amazing in your fancy evening attire and masks. If you haven’t already seen the photos of our beautiful guests, we encourage you to check out our online photo album.
We hope you also enjoyed the music performed by pianist Bea Michalski and had fun dancing to the sounds of DJ Mario from Mr Mac’s Party Team. As always, it was lovely to have Kessler sponsor our welcome drink and the WAC catering team to provide us with their delicious food.
The highlight of the event was definitely the fabulous raffle prizes, which were presented by the even more fabulous Claire De Vaney. Wasn’t she great? From Magnum Kessler Sekt to great Lumas car posters to a naughty Frau Blum toy – we hope you have all been enjoying your winnings! The complete list of sponsors of raffle prizes can be found on our website.
After all our hard work and partying we are proud to announce that the IWCS raised a total of just under €2500 from the event itself. The sales from the raffle tickets brought in €1063, the silent auction added another €275 (thanks to the fighting spirit of Dorothee K.!), and sales of drinks and desserts generated another €938. We are very grateful to all the bakers who donated to the dessert table for that last number.
We also received a cash donation of €250 from Kärcher GmbH and took in €315from our Betterplace and Gooding donation websites. Additionally, local businesses directly sponsored a portion of the event expenses. We would like to thank Maku Industrie and Acelsis for their generosity in printing and mailing our invitations and providing the pianist fees.
Unfortunately, despite being a successful and fun party, the total amount raised was a bit less than in 2015, when we raised around €4000 at the event itself. The differences this year were fewer guests, less success obtaining corporate donations, and lower levels of online fundraising. But because the IWCS feels strongly about supporting Frauen Helfen Frauen, the board has made the decision to use club funds to bring our donation total to €5000, the same amount as was donated in 2015.
Finally, the Committee members have been discussing if and when to hold another Charity Event. To help us move forward, we need your feedback! An anonymous questionnaire is being prepared on this topic (and others) that will be sent to all members in the next few months. It is very important that you share your thoughts with us so we know which direction to take the club in next.
Thank you everyone and until next time!
Vaida Kovalick and the Annual Charity Event Organizing Committee