EVENT MOVED FROM MARCH TO MAY 20TH
OC Women2Women believes that by changing the life of a woman you can impact generations to come. As a woman who rose from homelessness, Je’net Kreitner became a perfect example of that as she graduated from an empowering Working Wardrobes career training program, eventually going on to start her own non-profit, Grandma’s House of Hope . As OC Women2Women's designated 2020 non-profit for our support and collaboration of resources, join us as we help Grandma's House of Hope fight homelessness, poverty and hunger.
Je’n etKreitner was named Founder of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for the 29th Annual National Philanthropy Day 2014. The OC Register also named Je’net as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in 2014.
Je’net shares her compelling story in the autobiography entitled Resurrecting Hope, available for sale and author signing at the luncheon.
The WORKING WARDROBES career center was destroyed by a fire In February. In an effort to help rebuild and support Working Wardrobes, luncheon GUESTS ARE ASKED TO CLEAR THEIR CLOSETS OF PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING AND BRING DONATIONS TO THE
MAY 20TH EVENT.
The room at Fleming's 'Restaurant was packed with women gathered for the OCW2W Lunch Club event honoring Nadine Haddad, co-founder of Home and Body Company. Nadine inspired the group with her personal story of strength, struggling and surviving while building her company and raising a family.
Generous guests contributed to the OCW2W Twin Blanket Drive, with donations going to our 2020 designated non-profit organization, Grandma's House of Hope. Je’net Kreitner founder of Grandma’s House of Hope, thanked the group for their support and shared her extraordinary story of surviving homelessness and passion to provide hope for women experiencing personal crisis.
Marmi's Shoes and Fleming's Restaurant donated gift certificates for the raffle. Each guest went home with a gift bag stuffed with Home and Body Company personal care items, courtesy of Nadine Haddad.
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.