OC Women2Women will kick off 2020 with our January 29th Lunch Club event being held at a new location, Flemings Restaurant, boasting a fabulous new menu! REGISTER TODAY
We are honored to have Nadine Haddad, co-founder of Home and Body Company, as our speaker. Nadine’s background as a chemist, and her husband Hazem’s expertise in manufacturing, allowed them to create a successful business of luxury products for home and body. Nadine’s generous donations of personal care goods to OC Women2Women has helped our organization bring a spark of joy and appreciation to those in need.
Karen Butera King, President of OC Women2Women invites all community-minded women to join us in 2020 as we strive to achieve our MISSION: To inspire, empower, and invest in the lives of under-served women in Orange County. This year's designated charity recipient is Grandma's House of Hope.
Join OCW2W as we help Grandma's House of Hope fight homelessness, poverty and hunger.
The January Lunch Club event will kick off 2020 with a TWIN BLANKET DRIVE. Je’net Kreitner, Fouder/CEO of Grandma’s House of Hope, will receive donations from luncheon attendees. She will also introduce the mission of Grandma’s House of Hope.
It was perfect weather for viewing the incredible Balboa Island Christmas lights, and for uniting friends and new acquaintances during the holiday season. Guests shared their stories, enjoyed the spectacular raffle prizes, while generously donating gifts to the children of Mariposa Women and Family Center. These tokens of love were received with great appreciation by families facing challenges during the holidays.
A special thanks to Sahar Hanna and her daughter for making the event truly festive with their incredible homemade
hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
The November Lunch Club event supported the highly valued relationship with OCW2W and Veteran's Legal Institute (VLI) due to their outstanding pro bono legal assistance on behalf of Veterans in need. Antoinette Balta, Executive Director and Co-founder of VLI addressed the enthusiastic group, sharing her experiences with helping women veterans become self-sufficient. The auction, raffle, and spectacular centerpiece sale gave everyone a chance to be a winner!
Diane Dixon, Newport Beach Mayor, kicked off our Lunch Club event with a moving and motivational discussion regarding how to stay relevant as a woman in today's world. She noted the value of being genuinely concerned and passionate about our own personal value and what we can contribute each day. She encouraged woman to be committed, have courage, and always be creative in all undertakings. Ms. Dixon's words inspired members, generating many private conversations with her after the luncheon.
Working Wardrobes CEO, Jerri Rosen, personally greeted guests who brought professional clothing donations and voiced her appreciation. These donations help Working Wardrobes transform their clients and prepare them for the workforce.
Whoops and hollers could be heard as several lucky guests won the raffles for RED O Restaurant and Marmi's shoes. We want to thank both of them for their ongoing support and donations.
Guests at the May 15th OC Women2Women Lunch Club event enjoyed meeting other like-minded women as they came together to assemble 100 personal gift bags for women in need. Attendees had the opportunity to BE THE CHANGE in a woman’s life simply by stuffing gift bags filled with items for the residents of WISEPlace, Colette's Children's Home and Human Options, the non-profit OC Women2Women has selected to support in 2019, as they provide a safe-haven for abused women.
Human Options is dedicated to ignite social change by leading collective county-wide responses in service of those affected by abuse. OC Women2Women’s current fundraising efforts will make a direct impact by providing 200 privacy window coverings to help offer a safe, comforting environment for those seeking refuge and support.
We are happy to announce that our Career Clothing Drive at the recent Lunch Club event brought in enough clothing for approximately 100 women. Working Wardrobes representatives were thrilled with the overwhelming response. Our generous event guests enjoyed the mini-fashion show with Chico's and Marmi shoes breaking out their spring designs, providing creative ideas to update their wardrobes.
OC Women2Women received a Thank-You note from Working Wardrobes directly after the event, explaining:
"For our clients, an article of clothing represents so much more. It represents hope. It represents a brighter future. It represents transformation. It represents a new outlook on life, confidence, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency. It represents a job."
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The RedO outdoor pavillion was the perfect setting to kick off the 2019 OC Women2Women Lunch Club event. Guests were excited to renew friendships and make new ones during lunch. The group was inspired as DANY FROM PIANISTA kicked-off the event with her musical magic performing the National Anthem and closed the event with "I Did It My WaY".
Karen Butera, President of OC Women2Women shared the 2019 goals including the OCW2W support of Human Options, a non-profit group advocating for those affected by abuse, extending a safe place for victims and empowering survivors on their journey of healing.
OCW2W managed to find the good in the world and share it with those in need during the holiday season. The festive Balboa Island Christmas lights set the tone for this annual OCW2W gathering. The group celebrated the holiday season while supporting female veterans and their children. Everyone enjoyed fabulous food, greeting old friends and making new ones, while surrounded by the dazzling Balboa Christmas lights.
In celebration of the season of giving, guests donated unwrapped gifts for children and/or gift cards for female veterans. This annual event is a perfect example of what OC Women2Women stands for: inspiring, empowering, and investing in the lives of under-served women in Orange County.
The October 10th OCW2W Lunch Club event was an entertaining day of food, friends and fashion for a great cause. Our community-minded Guests were inspired by the mini-fashion show hosted by C|Dobbs with shoes by Marmi. Attendees enjoyed the light-hearted competition to win the raffle tickets from the Red O, Marmi Shoes, and C|Dobbs.
As a women's non-profit organization, OCW2W identifies charitable groups in need of our support. Jude Lipps, OC Women2Women Grant Committee Chairman, introduced Ann Duncan Levy, Development Manager of Human Options, who outlined their various efforts to stand against domestic violence. In 2019, OC Women2Women is proud to announce their support of the Human Options vision: a world in which no woman or child should ever feel afraid in her/his home.
The OCW2W July Lunch Club event featured Eileen Padberg, author of "Out Of My Lane", sharing the story of how she overcame barriers to rebuild the gender-oppressed women of Iraq.
OC Women2Women provided an update on how we are making a difference for women in need residing in Orange County. The Lunch Club brings women together with the purpose and direction of supporting others with a hand up, not a hand out.
OC Women2Women and Eberjey
partnered to raise funds to benefit Orange County women in need.
Eberjey generously donated 15% of all proceeds to OC Women2Women. Customers enjoyed exclusive discounts. The luscious pajamas were a crowd-pleasing favorite. We appreciate the support of local businesses, such as eberjey, contributing to our efforts towards making a difference in the lives those Orange County residents in need.
MANY THANKS TO:
Eberjey Lido Marina Village
3432 Via Oporto #105, Newport Beach
The OC Women2Women Lunch Club event was a huge success with beautiful clothing and accessories collected to help women striving to succeed as they increase their skills and seek employment. Jerri Rosen, CEO and Founder of Working Wardrobes, a nonprofit organization that helps adults in crises re-enter the workforce each year, was present to receive the donations for distribution.
Working Wardrobes is one of OC Women2Women's designated non-profit Partners who supports humanitarian endeavors to enrich the lives of under privileged women. Jerri thanked everyone for their donations and assistance in restoring self-esteem and the dignity of work to those in need.