ACE 2016 – The results are in!

ACE 2016 – The results are in!

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

ACE 2016 Update for April – Contest Announcement!

Copyright: <a href='http:/'>larser/123RF Stock Photo</a>; Now little more than one month away…our Annual Charity Event 2016 is getting closer and closer!

Our organizing committee has been receiving donation after donation for the raffle at the big event on April 30th. Among the latest arrivals are  gift certificates from (karls)kitchen for the  Breuninger Confiserie, and Alte Kanzlei restaurant.

Other exciting prizes have arrived from various small shops and businesses throughout Stuttgart and Esslingen, including things to eat (Super Jami, The English Tearoom, Kitchen Delight), beauty products (L’Occitane, Mary Kay, Soapisch) and art (Sim1, Lumas, Marina Inoue). To see all of the companies who have donated, please check out our sponsor list.

Each week will be highlighting one of the sponsors on the IWC Stuttgart Facebook page – be sure to give that page a “like” so you don’t miss any of that information and other party-related bits.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to pay the entrance fee for the big event! The RSVP deadline has been extended to April 11th, but to encourage you to send in your payment early, we are pleased to announce a contest!!!

ALL GUESTS WHO HAVE PAID BY MARCH 31ST WILL BE ENTERED INTO A SPECIAL DRAWING TO WIN A GIFT BAG containing donated swag from our generous sponsors LUMAS, L’Occitane, and Frau Blum! See all the terms and conditions at the bottom of this page.

Finally, if you are not able to come the Charity Event this year, please consider donating to our collection for Frauen helfen Frauen via our crowdfunding site at Betterplace. They accept all kinds of payment forms, including Paypal.

Thanks for your support and see you at the party later this month!
Vaida Kovalick
IWCS Charity Event Coordinator

Early Payment Drawing Terms and Conditions

The International Women’s Club of Stuttgart e.V. (IWCS) is giving away 20 gift bags to early paying guests of the International Women’s Club of Stuttgart’s Annual Charity Event 2016 (ACE 2016).

1. The Promoter is The International Women’s Club Stuttgart e.V. Herzkirschenweg 26, 70437, Germany

2. Guests will be automatically entered into the drawing when full payment of the €55 ACE 2016 entrance fee is received in the IWCS bank account no later than midnight CET on 31 March 2016 along with guest’s name.

3. Winners will be drawn at random on April 5th by the ACE 2016 committee during their April organizing meeting.

4. Winners will notified upon arrival to the ACE 2016 on April 30th and given a choice of gift bag on a first come, first served basis until all bags are awarded.

5. Winning guests can choose one of three special gift bags (limited amounts of each available):

LUMAS gift bag, containing:
Lumas open edition miniature print
Lumas promotional material

L’Occitane Gift Bag, containing:
30ml bottle of limited edition Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
L’Occitane catalogue and new seasons promotional material

Frau Blum Gift bag, containing:
1 x 250ml High quality Frau Blum massage oil
1 x 10% Discount Voucher
1 x Frau Blum Event Calendar
1 x Frau Blum information material

6. The prize is neither transferable nor exchangeable and cannot be exchanged for money or money’s worth.

7. The IWCS is not responsible for issuing unclaimed prizes after the ACE 2016.

8. All IWCS decisions are final with respect to all matters relating to awarding of the prizes and shall not be subjected to review or appeal by any entrant or by any third party.The IWCS is not responsible for issuing unclaimed prizes after the ACE 2016.


Calling all bakers!!

Dear Members,

As has been our tradition, we are asking again to donate your baked goods for the dessert table for the Annual Charity Event on April 30th. Your baking skills will greatly contribute to the proceeds for Frauen helfen Frauen, our designated charity.

This year we will again be offering a single-price dessert plate (5 euros per plate), so people can enjoy various bites of different desserts. So choose your favorite recipe and help us to help the Frauenhaus.

ACE2013 Dessert table
Some of the beautiful desserts at the 2013 ACE

Baker guidelines:

1. Please make sure your recipe does not have raw eggs or cream – we do not have a refrigeration option.

2. If you are planning to bake a cake or a brownie or something similar, please do cut them into pieces. Do not worry about the size, we will cut them into smaller pieces if need be.

3. If you are coming to the event (we would love to see you there!) please bring your dessert with you. If you are not coming (we will definitely miss you) you can arrange to give it to one of the charity event organizers.

4. As per the new EU rule, we will ask you fill in an Ingredient Disclosure Form (possible allergens). Copies will be be available at the event or from the dessert table organizer, Jeannie Cropsey, in advance.

To pledge your baked goods, please use the form below to contact Jeannie directly. Thanks for your support!

Annual Charity Event 2016 March Update

Kessler row of glassesThe big day is rapidly approaching…our Annual Charity Event 2016 is only two months away!!!!

The organizing committee has been hard at work collecting prizes for the raffle taking place at the event on April 30th, which always brings lots of excitement to our guests. However, we are still a bit shorthanded, so if you would like to help us, please contact me using the form below or on Facebook.

Our regular sponsors, such as Holiday Inn, Maritim Hotel, Korbmayer have been generous again this year. And our own Nicola Dawber is creating another wonderful theme-inspired (!!!) piece of jewelry. Who will be the lucky winner?

So don’t forget to reserve your spot on the guest list before March 30th! By sending a message to rsvp (at), you will automatically receive the bank and payment information.

And keep checking our IWC Stuttgart Members Group on Facebook – we will be posting various party related tidbits.

We would also like to encourage you to spread the word about our fundraising site on Betterplace. Please, check the link and share it with your families and friends – on Facebook, by email, Twitter. We have only raised 100 EUR so far. It is also a good way to contribute to the IWCS cause, if you are not able to come to the event itself.

Thank you!
Vaida Kovalick, Charity Coordinator

Members-only Movie Night: Casanova (2005)

CasanovaPrelude to our Masquerade Charity Event
Friday, April 8th at 19:30
Location: Billie’s house in Leonberg

To get us all in the mood for masks and masquarades, we invite club members to join us in April for a showing of Lasse Hallström’s 2005 movie, Casanova with Heath Ledger in the title role.

This evening will be hosted by member Billie Schoeler in her apartment in Leonberg, limit 10 participants.

We will start out the evening with a Sekt toast at 19:30 and the movie will start promptly at 20:00. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share (sweet or salty) and Billie will provide the drinks.

If you would like to RSVP for this event, please use the contact for below or in the pending private Facebook event.


raffle ticketsAfter a wonderfully productive planning meeting last week, the IWCS Charity Committee is forging ahead with all kinds of plans for our Annual Charity Event 2016, to be held on April 30th of this year.


Specifically, we need a group of members to help Charity Coordinator Vaida Kovalick obtain raffle prizes for the event. Although parts of our total donation to the Frauenhaus comes from tickets sales and sponsorships, a large part of it comes from the raffling off of prizes during the event (over €1000 last year!).

This is a  relatively easy job that you can do mostly from home. This group will:

  • Brainstorm and create a list of local companies who might be willing to donate goods or gift certificates to our event,
  • Send out emails and letters to those companies, and
  • Follow up on those inquiries, either via email or in person.

Only a basic conversational level of German is required, as the emails and letters will be from templates. If anything, this task requires persistence and organization above all else. (Want to help but aren’t confident enough with your German skils? Sign up anyways and Vaida can pair you with someone!)

If this sounds like something you could help with, please contact Vaida using the form below.

We are all looking forward to working with YOU!


MaskHappy New Year everyone!

The organizing committee has been hard at work over the holidays gearing up for our 2016 Annual Charity Event. Scheduled for April 30th, it’s just over four months away!

Invitations have been designed and printed; suitable decorations have been found and purchased on holiday in the USA; solicitation letters have been written and refined; and our companion fundraising websites have been launched.

If you are a member, look for your official invitation in the mail in the next few weeks and start planning your outfit for the big day (NOT required, but FUN). Don’t forget that our theme this year is “Masquerade Ball” and that Fasching is a GREAT time to pick up masks and other costume items.

If you’ve been wanting to get involved in the organizing of our charity event, please contact Vaida using the form below so she can add you to our private Facebook group and give you something to do! We still need plenty of help sending out and following up on letters to local businesses asking for raffle prizes. We also need extra help organizing things like our homemade baked goods table on the day of the event itself.

For the rest of you who don’t have the time to help with the actual organizing, here is how you can support us in making this event a success:

  1. RSVP for the event on our Facebook Event Page – information about buying tickets to follow shortly!
  2. If you or your spouse/partner/friends work for a company who might be willing to sponsor our event or donate items for the raffle, tell Vaida by using the contact form below and she will send you a letter to take in to the boss.
  3. Keep using our Gooding shopping portal to help us earn money every time you shop at Amazon, eBay, and a host of other online stores.
  4. Tell your friends and family in Germany about the event and shopping portal! Your friends and family outside of Germany can help our fundraising efforts by donating on our crowdfunding website over at Betterplace.

Thank you for all of your support, we are looking forward to a fantastic night raising money for the Frauenhaus of Stuttgart with all of you this spring!

Vaida Kovalick and the Charity Organizing Team