WOW donates to Power of Pink

Jul 19, 2013
Photo by: Jessi Stone The Women of Waynesville present a $3,250 check to Steve Brown, executive director of MedWest Foundations. The money will go to the Power of Pink program.

Women of Waynesville recently presented a check for $3,250 to Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Power of Pink program.

“It was a tough go this year putting on our second annual Mom’s Music Festival, but we pulled it off in the end which was a success in itself,” said Nikki White, president of  the Women of Waynesville organization.

The group’s original date for the festival, scheduled for April 27 was rained out. Although the WOW women moved forward with setting up as if the event was in full swing, the weather dominated the afternoon and the festival was quickly shut down.  WOW rescheduled the event for June 29 with hopes that the weather and the extra time to market would help them in bringing the people back out.

The event was produced in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Power of Pink program that provides free mammogram screenings to under-served women in Haywood County through a partnership with the Haywood County Health Department.

With nearly 20 unique, local vendors, live bands, including Smokerise, Bohemian Jean, Tarnished Rose and DJ Ogre of Dizzy Records Entertainment as well as a children’s area complete with a small petting zoo, bouncy house, Claymates Pottery and additional arts and crafts, it was clear that these women put a lot into the creation of the festival.

“We have been fundraising for a little under two years now and each event we do is different from the one before, which keeps it challenging, interesting and fulfilling for our group of women,” said Liz Bridges, treasurer of WOW.

White and Michelle Briggs founded the WOW Organization in late 2011, and has since produced fundraising efforts for REACH of Haywood County, K.A.R.E, The Power of Pink Foundation, Heating Assistance in Haywood County and have provided food delivery to those in need.

“In less than two years, we have raised just under $10,000 for local nonprofits and families in need,” White said. “We have done extremely well in pouring the foundation to which WOW would like to now start building on, which is to become an option for local organizations and families in need to call upon for help.”

The money that was raised at the second Annual Moms Music Festival doubled what the organization produced last year at their first Festival.

“Our goal was to double what was raised, and through our efforts, our wonderful vendors, entertainers, God and one amazing woman for her support, we exceeded our goal,” said Katie Higgs, secretary of WOW.

Cora Thornburg, of Haywood County, surprised WOW when she approached members with an offer to match what was raised at the event. Thornburg was one of the early members of WOW and has a lot of love and respect for the organization.

Additionally, she comes from a medical background and is passionate about the Power of Pink program and what it stands for. “It makes me feel so good that I was able to give like this, and for me, I’m just paying it forward a little bit,” Cora said. “I’m blessed that God has provided me with a means to contribute to this cause, and although my health keeps me restricted at times, this is a way for me to give back and feel strong.”

“It was great working with the Women of Waynesville on putting this event together. Their continued efforts, refusal to back down from bad weather and then putting together a second production in less than two months really shows what these women are capable of,” said Steve Brown, executive director of Medwest Foundations. “The money these women were able to raise will go a long way and will provide free services to more women in need that are here in our community.”

WOW will be moving forward with new fundraising events this year, and of course will be presenting their 2014 Women of Waynesville calendars at the Apple Festival in October. For more information about WOW, and to find out how these women can help you, call White at 828-545-6879 or Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/womenofwaynesville.

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