WOW celebrates first anniversary with party Jan. 25

Jan 14, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo MAKING A DIFFERENCE — Pictured, from left, are WOW members Robbie Sluder, Michelle Briggs, Laura Wehking, Sandy McGee, Liz Bridges, Jackie Harris, Beth Thrift, Wanda Brooks and Nikki White; Not pictured are members Katie Higgs, Carrie Forrest, Michelle Sanderbeck, Laurie White, Tara Keilberg, Julia Freeman and Stina Seig.

The Women of Waynesville (WOW) will be celebrating the group’s one-year anniversary and are inviting all women in Waynesville to attend a party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Herren House, 94 East St., in Waynesville. The event is an opportunity to meet the women of WOW to find out more about the group.

WOW was established in the late winter of 2011, and spent the 2012-year raising funds for organizations and residents of Haywood County.  Many will remember the “risqué” 2012 calendar of semi-nude ladies that hit the streets of Waynesville at the Apple Festival in 2011. That calendar raised $2,000 for REACH.

The 2013 calendar was sold at the last Apple Festival in Waynesville, and with the monies raised through it, WOW has been able to deliver free heaters to five families in Haywood County, a contribution of approximately $900.

In addition to the calendars, WOW raised funds through two first-time fundraisers, the Mom’s Music Festival in May and a Halloween party fundraiser in October, raising $1,500 at the music festival, benefitting the local KARE program, and gave away a free cruise for two, more than a $450 value, at the Halloween Party.

“We feel that we have hit the ground running with our fund-raising efforts, and in less than 15 months, we have been able to raise just under $5,000 for multiple local causes,” said Michelle Briggs, vice president.

“The Women of Waynesville are made up of women of all ages, walks of life and of their own independent ways of thinking —and that’s what makes WOW work,” said Nikki White, president of the group. “The WOW women want to spend this year growing what seeds they have planted, and they want to do it with an expanding membership of new and independently thinking women.”

WOW is a nonprofit organization committed to the empowerment of women, by collaborating to raise funds through innovative, diverse and inspirational methods. A focus of WOW is to support agencies offering assistance/advocacy to women who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and to abused and neglected children. Women in Waynesville or Haywood County, who are looking for a place to make a difference, are invited to take a closer look at WOW.

“We understand that we are not an organization that is fit for everyone, and that’s one of our unique components,” said White. “WOW is not an organization that is designed to conform to what is ‘normal’ or ‘expected.’ We enjoy rocking the boat at times, and so far, there have only been rewards given for it.”

Beverages and heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be served at the party. Those interested in attending are asked to PRVP by calling 545-6879 or 452-7837.


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