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.
The OC Women2Women Walkathon at Crystal Cove Beach was a successful event with participants thrilled to visit after so many months apart. Attendee clothing donations of OVER 200 PIECES OF CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES helped Working Wardrobes rebuild it's professional attire inventory after the devastating fire that destroyed it's facility earlier in the year.
Lisa Wingate Berman , fitness and health coach, enthusiastically led the group. It was a rare treat to gather and revel in the beauty of Crystal Cove Beach, celebrating friendship, and fitness, during these challenging times.
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.
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.
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.
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."