ACE 2015 FUNDRAISING WEBSITE HAS LAUNCHED!

Every year our members and their friends and family donate generously to our collection for the Frauenhaus. This year, we’ve added a new way for everyone (especially for folks outside of Germany) to contribute to the cause.

To make it easier and faster to raise funds for ‘Frauen helfen Frauen e.V.,’ we have established an online platform to accept donations.  It’s simple, safe, and secure to use.  Any amount will help us achieve our goal and you can pay with credit card, bank transfer or Paypal. ACE donations

Link to our Crowdfunding Page on Betterplace.org

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Try it yourself! Click on the link and make a donation of any size.*
  2. Tell your family and friends. Copy, paste, and post to Facebook, Twitter, or send an email to spread the word.  Here’s a sample text:

Help support the International Women’s Club of Stuttgart raise money for our local women’s shelter during our 2015 fundraiser for Frauen helfen Frauen.

Please donate via the safe and secure site: https://www.betterplace.org/en/projects/24788-supporting-a-women-s-shelter-in-stuttgart

Your contribution will make a difference in the lives of women and children in Stuttgart and is tax deductible in Germany.

If you lose this link you will be able to find it easily on our home page and on our Facebook fan page.


*Even if you donate online, please don’t forget to make your reservations now to our Roaring Twenties Cocktail Party to benefit Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. on Saturday, April 25th, 2015.

WHERE TO PAY CASH FOR ACE2015 RESERVATIONS

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Hate making bank transfers or don’t know how? We hear you and will be accepting cash at some of our club events during February, March and April for reservations to the Roaring Twenties Cocktail Party to benefit Frauen helfen Frauen on April 25th.

In February, look for Vaida, Dorothee or Emily at the following events:

  • Welcome Coffee
  • Happy Hour
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Book Club
  • Stitch ‘n Bitch

They will be happy to take your 50 euros per person cash payment and give you a receipt in return. Please only give your money to one of these three committee members and be sure to get a receipt.

FAQ – Annual Charity Event 2015

As with every activity or event, there are always questions so please keep them coming by submitting yours in the form at the bottom of this page and we will answer them as quickly as possible. Some questions we have recently had are answered below:

Is this a fundraiser? Who does it benefit?
Every year since the club was founded in 2005, we have held a fundraiser to benefit a local women’s shelter, Frauen helfen Frauen. Corporate sponsorship, a raffle, and a portion of your entrance fee will make up the bulk of our fundraising efforts.

Those members who cannot attend the event are welcome to make a cash donation on behalf of the Frauenhaus.

Who is invited? Only members/women/couples?
Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome. In fact, we would love to meet your partners and encourage you to bring your friends, both male and female, to make it a fun, sociable occasion. Please do not hesitate to come by yourself – many of our members come solo and always have a wonderful time.

What will the evening be like?
This elegant and fun event will be very similar to last year but with a twist – a Roaring Twenties theme (think Great Gatsby). The decorations, some of the music, and our cocktail selection will reflect this theme and 1920s style costumes are encouraged but optional (see below).

Delicious drinks and snacks (both warm and cold) will be served throughout the evening with piano dinner music during the first half of the evening. Later on, we’ll kick things up a notch and dance the night away to music from Mr. Mac’s Party Team. Other planned activities include a raffle for fantastic prizes and a homemade desserts bar.

How can we buy tickets?
Paper tickets are not required to enter the event, but you must pay the entrance fee in advance to be on the guest list.

If you would like to pay your entrance fee online, please RSVP using the form at the bottom of the event invitation and you will be sent an email with our bank information. You can also RSVP in our Facebook event to receive the bank information.

Advance payment via cash will be possible at selected IWCS member events leading up to the event.

What is included in the entrance fee?
Included in your prepaid entrance fee are a welcome glass of bubbly, a seasonal buffet of finger foods, and vouchers that can be exchanged for either alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks or dessert. Additional vouchers will be available for purchase during the evening.

How can I invite other people?
Friends, family members and the general public are all welcome to attend this event! Please feel free to share the event invitation on our website or our Facebook event.

What should I wear?
This is a very good opportunity to dress up a little and take your best party outfit for a spin on the dance floor. Anything from a cocktail length dress to dressy pants with a sparkly top works! Those who are a little more adventurous are encouraged to come in full 1920s costume. While the event is an excellent opportunity to go shopping, don’t worry if you can’t or don’t want to. Just pretty yourself up a little and you will be fine!

What is the venue like? Is it part of a museum?
The venue is the main hall of the Württembergische Automobilclub e.V. in central Stuttgart, go to www.wac1899.com for more information. The club was founded over one hundred years ago by Daimler, Maybach and Bosch. It is not connected in any way to the Mercedes Museum and in a different part of the city altogether.

In addition to the main room, we also have access to a large foyer for socializing and mingling as well as a cozy lounge area for quieter conversation.

There is an outside space for our guests who would like to smoke.

Where can I park on the evening of the event?
The WAC 1899 recommends that you park on Mörikestrasse, Humboldtstrasse, Hohenstauffenstrasse or Hohenzollernstrasse. All are in the immediate area surrounding the club. You can also take public transportation to Marienplatz and either walk up the stairs (a nine-minute walk) or take Bus #41 from Marienplatz to the next stop of Mörikestrasse (making it a five-minute walk but less uphill – please note that this bus will not be running later in the evening when the event is over).

Are the entrance fees tax deductible?
Unfortunately, we will be unable to issue tax receipts for that portion of your entrance fee over and above the costs of the event, although receipts for additional cash and bank transfer donations will be available.

Any other questions? Please contact us using the form below. See you in April!

ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT 2015 UPDATE

Dear Members,

Soon, you will receive Invitations to our Annual Charity Event (ACE) — so check your mailboxes! This year our theme is a “Roaring Twenties Cocktail Party” with all proceeds to benefit the women’s shelter Frauen helfen Frauen.

The ACE organizing committee looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the party. It is our largest fundraiser of the year and supports women in our community who are in need.

Your participation and generosity will help us reach — and hopefully exceed — our goal of 5000 Euros.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Come and party (and bring your family and friends). Easy enough? The more the merrier!
  2. Donate. Donate any amount on behalf of your family or business. The process is simple via our online platform and the donation is tax deductible. (See http://… )
  3. Sponsor. Make a contribution towards one of the event’s elements (e.g. the food, drinks, DJ, decor). It’s a great opportunity to promote your business to the IWCS community.
  4. Raffle. Donate a lovely prize for the raffle — one of our biggest fundraisers. Successful examples include gift vouchers, service packages, handmade items, including very popular National & Food baskets)
  5. Bake. Our traditional dessert table features your delicious delicacies, which make a valuable contribution to our charity.

For any further questions please write to us using the contact form below.

With your participation and support can we make the 2015 ACE successful.

See you in April!

Vaida Kovalick
ACE 2015 General Coordinator

DONATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT 2015

Dear Members,

We are very excited to be organising our Annual Charity Event, which will take place on the 25th of April 2015. This year we are planning a 1920’s themed cocktail party with a buffet, drinks, DJ and a raffle. Costume is not required, but certainly encouraged!

As the purpose of this event is fundraising we would like to ask for your help to raise donations for our designated charity Frauen helfen Frauen, a local women’s shelter. For 30 years they have been advising, protecting and counselling women, and their children, who have been suffering physical or psychological violence. They strive to empower these women to create a better life.

We offer heartfelt thanks for the generous support of last year’s sponsors, members and guests as we were able to raise a total of 5000 EUR. We would be delighted to reach this amount again and with your help we can raise even more.

The ticket price of 50 EUR will cover event expenses only. A little revenue will be collected from the raffle but you can help us to raise far more by any of the following:

  • Cash donations, from you or your family’s small business,
  • Sponsorship of one of the event’s various expenses (e.g. the printed materials, food, drinks, DJ, decorations), or
  • Donation of a product or service for the raffle (vouchers, service packages, handmade items)

All cash donations will receive tax receipts if desired.

For any further questions please contact the Annual Charity Event 2015 Donations Coordinator, Josephine Leibrandt, using the contact form below.

Thank you for helping us make the 2015 ACE our best yet!

Vaida Kovalick
ACE 2015 General Coordinator