Members Only Clothing Swap to Benefit Frauen Helfen Frauen

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CLOTHING SWAP TO BENEFIT FRAUEN HELFEN FRAUEN
For IWCS members + 1 guest (ladies only!)
Sunday, February 10th at 14:00
Location: Claire’s home in Stuttgart
Limit 10 guests – donation of 10 euros per person requested

Hosts: Claire DeVaney

You know those clothes that you put on, then take off again thinking “I love it, but it’s just not me”? Those ones that looked good on the hanger but just don’t feel right? We all have them…so why not come along to our clothes swap and share them.

Here’s how it works: bring along some good quality women’s clothing, shoes, or accessories to swap with one another (please no used bathing suits, lingerie etc.). And not just clothes! Feel free to bring along gently worn shoes, handbags, jewelry, scarves and unopened beauty products to swap.

Please bring items you’d be happy to give to your friends NOT things that need to be binned. We’ll need clothes of all sizes and they should be washed, ironed, and in good condition (no holes or stains).

We are requesting that each guest bring 10 euros per person as a donation to cover some drinks, nibbly bits, and a donation to Frauen helfen Frauen.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one (female) guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a friend or adult family member.
  • This event is limited to 10 guests total.

To start the reservation process, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below to contact the hosts if you are not on Facebook.

 

Frauen Helfen Frauen Giving Tree 2018

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In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions, the IWCS is once again supporting the women of Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. by creating a virtual Holiday Gift Tree for them this December!

There are almost 30 women and children currently living in the Frauenhaus. Because this is a much smaller number than usual, this year IWC Stuttgart members will also have a chance to buy gifts for children in addition to the women.

If you would like to help, please contact Sandra using the contact form below. Once we have the numbers and ages, she will contact you to give you the go ahead to start shopping!

Please choose a gift valued between €15-20 and try to keep in mind that the shelter is multicultural and many of the families might not yet have strong German skills.

You can drop the gifts off at Sandra’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen or mail them to her. She will also be collecting gifts at the Members Only Holiday Dinner as always.

Thank you to all of our members for your continuing enthusiasm for this project every year!

2018 Fundraising Update from Suzanne Callamari

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We were so pleased recently to hear from former member Suzanne Callamari, who  moved back to the USA this past spring.

As you may remember, she had been using her Mary Kay cosmetics business to fundraise on our behalf for our designated charity, Frauen helfen Frauen. Here is her successful update!


Thank you to all the IWCS members who came to “der Pink Keller” to enjoy fun and fabulous Mary Kay appointments in order to support our club’s efforts fundraising for Frauen helfen Frauen (FhF) eV.

In 2017, I was able to donate €300 from this effort, and in 2018, I was able to donate €650!!! How exciting is that!!???

Thank you to the IWCS Leadership, most notably Emily  and Claire, for allowing me to raise funds to help support the Frauenhaus and thanks to all of you who had appointments and parties with me! I hope you learned some new things to effectively take care of your skin — your largest organ.

From the bottom of my heart, I will miss all of the laughter we shared in my studio!!! Thank you for the memories and for the beautiful friendships.

One woman can do great things, but as a team, we can move mountains!

Aloha nui and may we see each other again in the near future!

–Suzanne Callamari


We want to thank Suzanne for her effort and determination in supporting our club and the women and children of Frauen helfen Frauen! She is a star and we miss her.

If you have your own idea for raising money for the Frauenhaus, please contact Claire directly using the form below.

 

UPDATE ON 2019 CHARITY ACTIVITIES

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The IWCS Annual Charity Event (ACE) has truly flourished with each passing year, growing exponentially in sophistication and offering. We are extremely proud of what we’ve been able to achieve, raising thousands of euros for the Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. in Stuttgart.

However you may have noticed that this autumn we haven’t put out our usual call for volunteers. Around this time we would ordinarily be asking members for their ideas and skills to support the 2019 gala, but this year we have decided to make some changes to the club’s fundraising efforts.

With our La La Land theme evening this past April at the Villa Humboldt we feel we reached a real zenith. Where could we possibly go next?

We’ve realized that sustaining our upward progress would mean a real challenge and require an immense concentrated effort.

Furthermore, without significantly compromising the quality you’ve come to expect from the event, increasing your ticket price further, or finally finding a reliable and generous corporate sponsor we simply can’t top this years’ effort.

We’re also quite aware the ACE isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of members who have other interests and perhaps prefer not to attend.

But charity remains an important part of our club life and purpose, and we are still committed to Frauen helfen Frauen as our designated charity. With such a talented and diverse group of women, we of course have a goldmine of fundraising potential, ideas, and know-how.

We are keeping an eye on 2020 for the next big party but have decided for 2019 to adopt the motto that “Many hands make light work.” We will be looking for ways to decentralise the club’s fundraising efforts and host many smaller events instead of one big one. We hope this will create a broader appeal and spread the effort among the club membership.

Some strategies include:

  1. Encouraging members to set a modest fundraising goal and work with the club’s event Activity Planning team to meet it.
    We’ve already included fundraising in some of our member hosted events such as Clothes Swap, Bake-off Party, Summer Party, Mary Kaye parties; and we’ve accepted donations as event costs for very low-cost or free outings.
  2. Incorporate an element of fundraising into smaller quarterly events.
    Look out for these in 2019. We’ll aim to bring at least four charity focused events to you in the coming annual plan.
  3. Start planning for the ACE 2020.
    Don’t worry, we still love to party!  We are trying out the idea of a smaller off year in 2019 with an eye to larger events every other year, so do get excited for 2020. Stay tuned if you’ve got any great ideas for themes, venues or fundraising tips or you would like to get involved as a volunteer.

If you would like to be part of the Charity Committee for 2019 or 2020, please use the form below to contact Claire directly. We will need YOUR help to continue making our yearly donation to the Frauenhaus.

ACE 2018: WE ARE READY, ARE YOU?

It’s a busy time of year for the ACE organising team! We’re watching ticket sales, gathering raffle prizes, lining up supporting volunteers and bakers, and putting the final touches on decorating the venue to make a stunning atmosphere and an unforgettable night for our guests.

champagner-1071356_1920We’ve recruited photographer extraordinaire and IWCS member Sandra Ruth  to run our pop up photo booth, lined up the stunning Raunchy Rita and Fanny Di Flavola to wow our guests with a burlesque performance, and roped in Swingkultur Stuttgart to bring some joyful lindy hop moves to dance floor.

Taking place in the breathtaking salons of the Villa Humboldt, it’ll be a night not to be missed! Tickets are limited and look like they will be selling out soon. Buy your tickets today to avoid disappointment!

Here’s to the WINNERS!

Getting ready for the ACE? Remember to bring a few extra euros for our grand prize and pick-a-prize raffle table. New donors to our raffle table this year include MamaSpa , Lual Statement Earrings, Hochland Kaffee and Applaus Gin. We have also been promised a very special prize from the folks over at VfB Stuttgart, our local premiere football league team.

Our table will be piled high with great prizes including artwork, vouchers, sports memorabilia and wine! See the full list of our generous donors below.

GOLDEN TICKET

We will be raffling off 500 euros worth of Eurail travel in our GOLDEN TICKET – GRAND PRIZE prize draw. That’s a lot of rail travel! Raffle tickets will be 20eu each and only available at the event so empty out your piggy bank to take part!

WHAT TO WEAR?

Still not clear on what will make a show stopping ACE 2018 outfit? This is a cocktail event and guests are encouraged to take inspiration from the 2016 film La La Land which featured primary coloured ‘fit-and-flare’ dresses, classic style suits for men as well as the odd two-tone tap shoe. Think: modern take on classic Hollywood. We’ve had a ball making this Pinterest board to give you some tips. Check it out, especially if you haven’t seen the film!

2018 ACE SPONSORS

We are pleased to announce that support is starting to roll in from many of our favorite local businesses including:

General Sponsors
Maku Industrie
Suzanne Loflin Callamari for MaryKay Cosmetics

Welcome Drink Sponsor
Kessler Sekt

Supported by
Swingkultur Stuttgart 
Schmachtfetzen
Sandra Ruth Photography
The Auld Rogue Irish Pub
O’Donovans Irish Pub

Raffle Prize Sponsors
Restaurant Plenum
Maritim Hotel Stuttgart
Applaus Gin
Hochland Kaffee
Messe Stuttgart
Lual Statement Earrings
Staatliche Schlösser & Garten
Kesselliebe Wein
Fräulein Corleone
LUMAS Galerien Stuttgart
Breuninger Department Store
VfB Stuttgart

Of course we are working hard to secure the support of more sponsors so if you know a business that would be interested in donating either a prize to our raffle prize table or some cash to go directly to Frauen helfen Frauen e.V., we would love to hear from you.

Can’t make it to the ACE but would like to donate?
Donations can be made directly through our Eventbrite portal, please give generously if you can!

Your Charity Event Planning Committee

ACE2018 DREAMERS UPDATE: SWINGKULTUR STUTTGART, YOUR TICKET, AND OUR SPONSORS

Do you want to move like Mia and Seb from La La Land? Well, here’s your chance!

The Annual Charity Event 2018 committee is thrilled to announce that members of the swing dance club  SwingKultur Stuttgart will be joining us on the dance floor for an exclusive Lindy Hop taster class at our “Here’s to the Dreamers” party on April 14th at the Villa Humboldt in Stuttgart.

Grab your friends, your dancing shoes, and your love of swing and join us in the Villa’s dining hall after dinner to learn a few of the foundation steps that form the flurry of joy that is Lindy Hop dancing. The granddaddy of all swing dances, Lindy Hop is improvisational, sensational, and playful.

Interested? Click here to be inspired by this fantastic video about Lindy Hop.

Ticket Sales Update
Since going on sale on February 1st we have already sold over 50% of available tickets! With more exciting announcements to come, we expect to sell out soon. Do make sure you visit our ticketing website soon and pick yours up to avoid disappointment. Remember, if you can rally some friends (either personally or through our member Facebook group), group tables of 10 which guarantee a seat with your friends throughout the meal service are available starting at just €65 per person.

Sponsors
We are pleased to announce that support is starting to roll in from many of our favorite local businesses including:

General Sponsors
Maku Industrie
Suzanne Loflin Callamari for MaryKay Cosmetics

Welcome Drink Sponsor
Kessler Sekt

Supported by
Swingkultur Stuttgart 
Schmachtfetzen
Sandra Ruth Photography

Raffle Prize Sponsors
Restaurant Plenum
Maritim Hotel Stuttgart
Applaus Gin
Hochland Kaffee
Messe Stuttgart
Lual Statement Earrings
Staatliche Schlösser & Garten

 

Of course we are working hard to secure the support of more sponsors so if you know a business that would be interested in donating either a prize to our raffle prize table or some cash to go directly to Frauen helfen Frauen e.V., we would love to hear from you.

Can’t make it to the ACE but would like to donate?
Donations can be made directly through our Eventbrite portal, please give generously if you can!

Your Charity Event Planning Committee

ACE 2018 – WHO IS INVITED?

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Here’s a question we get all the time about our charity events –

Is this event only for members/women/couples?

Absolutely not! 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.

Everyone is welcome – singles, couples, men, women, groups, IWCS members, friends of the club, and members of the public.

The more the merrier!

If you’d like more information about the Charity Event or to buy tickets, click on the Dreamers graphic above!