Frauen Helfen Frauen Giving Tree 2018


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


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.



2017 ace bubbly
2017 Black and White Night

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.



Great British Bake Off Final Viewing Party / Fundraiser for Frauen helfen Frauen
Saturday, November 11th at 13:00
Location: Laura L’s home in Leonberg-Höfingen
RSVP using the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you are not on Facebook

Are a fan of the “Great British Bake Off” or other baking shows? Or perhaps you just love to bake and/or enjoy the results of baking? Would you also like to help raise some money to support Frauen helfen Frauen e.V?

Then join us for the season finale of this year’s “Great British Bake Off, ” a competition from the UK in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other in a series of challenges while at the same time they are trying to impress a group of judges. It’s brilliant fun!

Please bring something you baked to share with the others along with a €10 donation for Frauen Helfen Frauen. Don’t forget to bring an storage container so that you can bring a selection from everyone else’s goodies home with you. As for what you bake, that is completely up to you – perhaps your all-time favorite, a family recipe, or maybe something that you have been dying to try out but have not yet given it a go.

Bring an extra €5 if you would like to enter a raffle for a “Great British Bake Off” cookbook!  You host will provide Sekt and tea to go with all the goodies we have baked.

Upcoming 2018 Holiday Events SAVE THE DATES


Now that we’ve transitioned from our long, hot summer into the chillier autumn, our Activities Planning team has come up with a list of fun holiday events that we would love to see all your smiling faces at!!

We are starting off in October with a Halloween Party for the Mother’s Corner Group. Members with little ones are welcome to join Laura and Mimi for a fun day at the pumpkin festival at Schloss Ludwigsburg on the 28th.

In November we have two amazing specialty dinners planned for you. The first is a North American-style Thanksgiving dinner in member Rachael B’s home for the whole family on the 25th. Then members and one adult guest are also invited to a traditional Goose dinner at a local restaurant for St. Martin’s Day on the 29th.

Whether you prefer turkey or goose, German or North American traditions, members are welcome to join either or both! Space is limited, so RSVP early. If neither appeals to you, we will still be hosting our regular monthly dinner in November as always.

In December we will again be celebrating our annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange, happening on the 11th at The Stäffele in Stuttgart-West. This dinner will take the place of our regular monthly dinner and is for members only. The gift exchange is hilarious and one of the highlights of the year! More details about the menu should be available next month.

Other holiday-themed events being planned include the Frauen helfen Frauen Virtual Giving Tree during Advent time, a Christmas party for Mother’s Corner on December 13th, and our annual Cookie Exchange at Sandra B’s home on December 9th.

Put these dates in your calendars now to make sure you save room for some club activities this holiday season!

ACE 2018: Dreamers, Here’s To You!

Photo of the ACE Organizing Committee by Sandra Ruth

It has been my absolute pleasure to work with a fabulous team of volunteers to bring you the IWCS 2018 Annual Charity Event, which took place April 14th. I’m so proud to report that it not only proved to be a big hit with our guests, it was also a fundraising success for the Frauenhaus, with just under €2500 in profit at the end of the night!

Money raised through our efforts and everyone’s contributions, large and small, will go to Frauen helfen Frauen e.V as part of our 2018 donation to support their tireless work providing safety for vulnerable women and children right here in Stuttgart.

The Evening’s Program

This year’s event drew inspiration from the Hollywood film “La La Land,” which saw guests donning colorful clothing and enjoying a magical evening in the parlors of the sparkling Villa Humboldt.

First our guests checked out the fabulous Tombola table and bought raffle tickets while enjoying a welcome drink from our long-time sponsor, Kessler Sekt. Just like the film, the evening’s program opened with a surprise dance sequence from our friends at SwingKultur Stuttgart, whose joyful Lindy hop put everybody in the right mood. Throughout the evening, photographer Sandra Ruth captured our guests looking their finest in her photo booth and in candid shots, while Michelle and Allison served us tasty cocktails of their own design. After a delicious dinner with homemade desserts, we were entertained by the fabulous Fanny di Favola  and Raunchy Rita and taught a few swing dance moves by SwingKultur Stuttgart.

On the night of the event we raised €1010 through tombola tickets sales and the bar and dessert table took in €1055. Adding in private donations, business sponsorships, and other related fundraising activities, we’ve raised a net total of €2436!

To see pictures from our amazing evening, please visit the official IWCS ACE 2018 Photo Album.

The ACE TEAM 2018 

If you’re wondering who was responsible for all the magic, you can thank:

  • Sandra Ruth for her amazing photography and her German language skills, which helped a lot in contacting sponsors;
  • Sandra Bartsch for her decorating ideas, taking care of the raffle , keeping everything on time, and being there to tidy up after us all;
  • Vaida Kovalick for giving up her Saturday to set up and her Monday to tidy up and for doing the rather boring but necessary work of selling raffle and drink tickets during the event;
  • Michelle Moore for bringing a crowd and being an amazing hype girl, also for baking like fiend and welcoming everyone to the Villa;
  • Dorothee Klein for keeping us protected insurance-wise (making it possible for us to have candles at the event), paying all our suppliers, doing all the boring paperwork, and checking guests in at the door – Katja too!!;
  • Michelle Niese-Mendel for convincing Eurail to supply us with a MEGA major prize, inventing some amazing cocktails, and sacrificing her whole night to be at our service with said beverages;
  • Alison Mendel for allowing herself to be dragged along again like every year but being such a good sport behind the bar and running errands for me upon request;
  • Alison Tyler for whipping our bakers into line, for being the first one on site to ensure desserts were handled as they arrived, and for ensuring all the cute towers made out of old LP records were properly assembled;
  • and Emily Born for making sure everyone in Stuttgart with a Facebook account got an invitation, editing my often less-than-perfect copy writing, helping to shape and drive the entire concept, and approving pretty much everything I wanted to do.

What an amazing team. Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm, for buying into my idea and ‘getting it’!

Thanking Our Sponsors

Many of our sponsors are organizations owned and run by women in the Stuttgart community. They give generously to our cause through financial support or by donating prizes to our raffle table. If you would like to support our any of our sponsors, you can find a complete list on our website.

I look forward to helping out in 2019 – what on earth are we going to do to top this?!

Until next year,
Claire DeVaney
IWCS Charity Coordinator

AGM 2018 – Bring Your Spare Change for our Collection!

change jar

Every year at our AGM, we do a little something to collect money to add to the current year’s Frauen helfen Frauen fundraising efforts.

Let us help you declutter your coin purses and pockets – we are happy to take all of your extra euro coins off your hands! After a successful coin collection last year, we will be doing it again at this AGM. Our Treasurer, Dorothee Klein, will bring an empty bucket for you to dump them in and take them to the bank to sort and donate.

Check your pockets, your wallets and your junk drawers and bring all those annoying and useless little one and two cent coins (and higher!) with you to the AGM and help us make a difference for the ladies at the Frauenhaus.