Women of Waynesville to celebrate third anniversary
The Women of Waynesville, WOW, will be celebrating its three-year anniversary Thursday, Jan. 23 and invite women in the area to come and join the group as it celebrates its accomplishments and great successes of the past few years. This annual celebration is also the time of year when the Women of Waynesville open its arms to embrace new members into its organization.
“This event is a large contributor to how WOW has come to find some of their most valued and precious members,” said Nikki White, president and founder of the organization. “It is an open-house type feeling where women can stop by and meet our existing members, ask questions, learn about exactly what WOW does throughout the year, what our mission is in the community and where we are wanting to go in the future, all while sipping on delicious wines and munching on tasty hors d’oeurves.”
Since WOW was established in late 2011, the organization has raised more than $11,000 for local Haywood County nonprofits including REACH, KARE and The Power of Pink Foundation. In addition, WOW was awarded with Best Community Partner of the Year by Steve Brown and Marge Stiles of the MedWest Foundation.
“This was an award given to us that we certainly were not expecting, which made the entire experience so much more meaningful,” said White. “Working with Steve Brown and the lovely Marge Stiles on the 2013 Power of Pink Race was an absolute joy and very rewarding in the end and will be an event that WOW hopes to work closely with in all the coming years.”
During the past year, the Women of Waynesville have also provided I-Heaters to five families in need in Haywood County and it does quarterly “stealth missions” where it drops off containers of food anonymously to families in need.
“The year we raised money for heating assistance was by far one of my most favorite memories,” said Laura Wehking, executive director and veteran member of WOW. “We actually went out in the evening as a group and personally delivered the heaters to the families we had chosen. We had to carpool because there was a large group of us doing it. What we experienced in that one evening will never be forgotten … It was a true night of watching what some called a miracle happen.”
“This group of women have changed my life,” said Sandra McGee, also a veteran member. “I had a void in my life that I wasn’t sure how to fill, and since becoming a member of this group, that void has been filled and overfilled, several times over.”
The Women of Waynesville is a fundraising organization and so much more.
“We are excited about our 2014 year and we are looking forward to continuing on our path of raising money, bringing awareness, building community relationships, having a lot more fun and drinking a lot more wine,” said White.
Those interested in learning more about WOW and what they have planned for their 2014 Year of Empowering Women, are urged to come to the open house party Thursday, Jan. 23. This is a free event and open to all women. The event will be held at the Herren House Bed and Breakfast located at 94 East St. in Waynesville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Hors d’oeurvres and beverages will be served. For more information call Nikki White at 545-6879 or Michelle Briggs at 452-7837. There is a snow date for Jan. 30 at the same time and place.