WRC Special Events 2013
5th annual Girls Night Out raises $30,000!
Sparkle, sparkle every where, and happy laughter all around. That was the 2013 Girls Night Out, “Rhinestone Cowgirls and Diamond Divas: It’s a Bling Thing,” held Friday, Aug. 23, at LePlatt’s Pond in Bayfield.
More than 225 women attended to help raise $30,000 for the Women’s Resource Center. Durango Party Rental’s event tent, draped in diaphanous white curtains, served as the central point of the festivities with a 56-item live and silent auction tempting guests to shop while they sipped wine and champagne provided by W.J. Doyle Wine and Spirits.
Most delightful were the gasps of ooohs and aahs as women entered the tent and were treated to the silver and white flower arrangements created by April’s Garden. One beautiful “flower sculpture” featured a crown of silver barbed wire over white roses with white orchids hanging like fragrant chandeliers from the arrangement.
Mandy Miller Winn with Celebrations decorated the dining tent to look like an old, but elegant homestead, complete with rusted pick-up truck, re-purposed antique furniture decorated by Mitra Sabeti Jay of Luxe Redux, and more white curtains and sparkling bling to complement the delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres by Durangourmet. Selections included homemade pate, raw oysters on the half shell, and fava bean bruschetta, just to mention a few of the delectable finger foods,
IlluminArts offered photo sessions with a carriage and the glittering waters of LePlatt’s Pond serving as a backdrop. The Spa Tent offered bling-making sessions with Beads & Beyond, massages by Thrive and flo: the massage studio, and lip print analysis by Mary Kay Consultant Erin Tanner.
The weather was perfect for al-fresco dining at white-linen-covered tables scattered across the lawn. And if you had a hankering for some horse flesh, Horse Empowerment brought two blinged out horses to pet. Yes, they had silver-painted hooves and glitter in their manes!
“The venue, the guests, the decorations, the food — everything — came together to make this one of the best Girls Night Out celebrations ever,” said Executive Director Liz Mora. “Thanks to all our sponsors, vendors, auction donors — and to the women who participated in the event! We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Girls Night Out is the center’s biggest fund-raising event of the year. Proceeds are used to support the Resource and Referral Program, the foundation of the center’s services. Girls Night Out revenues allow the center to offer an open door, five days a week, to any woman who needs assistance finding the resources she needs to become economically self-sufficient. Women don’t need an appointment nor do they need to qualify for services. Any woman, no matter what her circumstances, can find help through the Women’s Resource Center.
Mark your calendar for next year’s event scheduled for Friday, August 22, 2014!
Girls Night Out Sponsors:
- Decorations by Celebrations! and Durango Party Rental
- Flowers by April’s Garden
- Wine and Champagne by W.J. Doyle Wine & Spirits
Extraordinary Presenting Sponsors:
Extraordinary Platinum Sponsor
Extraordinary Gold Sponsors:
Extraordinary Silver Sponsors:
Extraordinary Bronze Sponsors:
- Ed Lehner & Julianne Ward
- Lynne Sholler, Attorney at Law
- Padilla Law
What’s happened in 2013:
Men Who Grill raises $16,000, attracts crowd of 800
From the throngs of people who feasted on grilled tenderloin, shrimp wrapped in bacon, and “crows legs” dipped in a special secret sauce to the grill teams who cooked and fed them, it seemed that everyone loved the new venue in Buckley Park for the 10th annual Men Who Grill held Saturday, June 1.
Anna Booth, Ben Rockis, Ken Fagerlin (in front) and Kevin Sainio show off their crow costumes as members of Backcountry Experience's Team Crow. They won Best Costume and the Second Place Award for Best Cuisine.
More than 800 people attended the event to eat their fill of grilled goodies prepared by 16 amateur (and one or two professional) grill chefs, who turned up the heat on the competition this year. Teams prepared such delights as Greek Salad on a Stick to accompany grilled souvlaki with Tzatziki sauce. Or what about bacon-wrapped shrimp breaded in panko crumbs and deep-fried in a dutch oven on a grill? Did we forget to mention that the shrimp was accompanied by fried pickles? Yum!
Read more here . . .
Next Big Event
Volunteers needed for Durango Double
More than 400 runners are expected for the second annual Animas Surgical Hospital Durango Double, a two-day festival of running events that features a 25- and 50-kilometer trail run on Saturday, Oct. 12, and a half- and full-marathon scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13. (Early check-in and registration will be on Friday, Oct. 11.)
With that many entrants — and the long courses planned for the races — the Women’s Resource Center would like to recruit more than 200 volunteers for the festival.
The Women’s Resource Center has been named the charitable beneficiary of the Animas Surgical Hospital Durango Double and will receive a $10,000 donation from the event. In return, the Center has agreed to provide volunteers to help with registration, to serve as course marshals, and fulfill other duties.
In addition, charitable organizations are invited to staff aid stations placed throughout the race routes. Aid station teams will receive $250 stipend for their organization. Teams are encouraged to dress up in costumes or create a theme for their stations to entertain the runners as they pass by. As an incentive, runners will vote for their favorite aid station, and the winner will receive an additional $1,000.
To volunteer, contact Jamie Wienk at 247-1242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To staff an aid station, contact Jamie Wienk at 247-1242 or email@example.com.
Read more about the event here …