OCW2W held a lovely event honoring maternal bonds, and the influence of women in society. Marilyn Knowlden, one of the last remaining actors from the Hollywood Golden Years, treated the group to rare personal professional experiences and memories of motherhood. Enzo, of ENZO Floral Creations, generously demonstrated the basics of floral design. His inspiration and instruction guided guest as they created their own flower arrangement to share with a special woman in their life. Janine Wynn, set the tone for the entire event with two lovely musical numbers. Everyone was treated to a personal gift from Home and Body.
After months of isolation, it was great to get together and see each other in person! Walking, talking, laughing, and networking were big parts of the event. Walkathon attendees exceeded donation expectations, filling several cars with professional clothing benefiting the non-profit organization, Women Helping Women. We are proud to support their efforts to help women meet their potential in the workplace. A big shout out to the Moore Law for Children Corporation for their strong representation and boxes of donations.
Smiling faces greeted us as we delivered over $2,000 worth of lingerie to Women Helping Women as part of our "Lingerie and Lace" drive. Trina Fleming, WHW – Chief Executive and Program Officer noted “While undergarments is an area often overlooked when serving the unemployed, it is a critical need in order to support a great and confident first impression. The contributions of OC Women2Women translate into a job seeker’s relevant preparation for employment success.”
The overwhelming generosity of the incredible OCW2W community allows us to fulfill our MISSION: To inspire, empower, and invest in the lives of under-served women in Orange County.
Women Helping Women's efforts align with our mission, making them the perfect candidate for our support in 2021. OC Women2Women partners with organizations specializing in women’s issues, fueling change through donations and collaboration of resources.
With the support and incredible generosity of our OCW2W community, we delivered over 100 "Bags of Love" filled with essentials and unique personal gifts, bringing light into the lives of women served at Grandma's House of Hope. The lovely gift bags were stuffed with over $8,000.00 of donated items such as lotion, perfume, blankets, shampoo, socks, and even coats, to help warm the hearts of women in need living in our community.
OCW2W wants to thank all those whose overwhelming generosity helped us serve women at Grandma's House of Hope in need at a critical time.
OC Women2Women secured a grant for over $5,000 worth of food and relief to help Grandma’s House of Hope helping to address their overwhelming needs. Je'net Kreitner, Chief Executive Officer/Founder of Grandma’s House of Hope explained, “This is a true miracle, providing food at a time we were having to turn children and families away due to lack of resources.”
Ms. Kreitner reported, the food donation will help provide a one-month distribution of:
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.
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!
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