2019 Wonderful Witchy Women Prep Underway

It’s us again! It’s our 14th time around and we’re gearing up for another spectacular event in October again this year to benefit local charities serving children and families in need. The Bella Vista League spent the last months nominating, culling, voting for, and finally selecting this year’s fortunate non-profit organizations. So, without further ado, we are pleased to announce that our 2019 fundraising efforts will benefit:

Canterburyv5_logoThe Canterbury Bridge serves the vulnerable and underserved students at San Jose State University by offering housing and food to students in need.   www.canterburybridge.org

Support4Recovery_logoSupport 4 Recovery supports the recovering community.  Financially helping them find stable housing and offering guidance to help transition them into society with long-term sobriety success. www.support4recovery.org

Screen Shot 2019-05-20 at 1.07.08 PM CityTeam Heritage Home helps pregnant women overcome homelessness, addiction, and other hardships while becoming loving mothers to their newborn babies. www.cityteam.org/san-jose/programs/heritage-home

So, follow this blog (column on the right ==>) OR bookmark it to get the latest news on the upcoming Wonderful Witchy Women luncheon fundraiser. Word to the wise – it’s never too early to start shopping for your most spectacular witchy hat.

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. The 2019 event will take place in October at the Fairmont San Jose Hotel. Date to be announced soon, so stay tuned!]

 

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Congratulations to the Selected 2018 Charities

The Bella Vista League is thrilled to announce the non-profit organizations selected to benefit from this year’s Wonderful Witchy Women with a Cause silent auction and BVL_greenluncheon fundraiser to be held the last week of October at the Fairmont Hotel. We are looking forward to supporting these worthy local organizations in their daily efforts to help those in need. Please visit their web sites to learn more about the work they do and the families they have helped.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley (http://cadvocates.org) – Child Advocates of Silicon Valley provides stability and hope to children in the foster care system who have experienced abuse and neglect by providing a trained, dedicated volunteer to mentor and advocate for the child’s best interests.

The Village House (https://www.villagehousesccca.com/) – An interfaith shelter of hope serves as a place of refuge for homeless and medically-fragile women to serve as a safe place to take the first step towards a productive and stable life.

Heritage Home (https://www.cityteam.org/san-jose/programs/heritage-home/) – A residential program to help pregnant women overcome homelessness, learn life skills to overcome life obstacles to become loving mothers Heritage Home is restoring lives and rebuilding communities through innovative programs which provide food, shelter, clothing, training, and spiritual transformation.

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[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. The 2018 event will take place the last week of October, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.]

Non-Profits Selection for October 2018

TabletopPumpkins, witch hats, fall leaves… not quite what you were thinking about as you looked out of your winter window?

Not true for the Wonderful Witchy Women. Images of Fall are starting to form in the minds of the members of the Bella Vista League. Phase one of planning for our annual fundraising luncheon event is already underway. The BVL committee responsible for coordinating the selection process for this year’s hopeful candidates to benefit from the 13th annual Wonderful Witchy Women with a Cause fundraising event to be held in October, is hard at work vetting each non-profit organization so that the BVL members can vote on them.

It is stunning to imagine the number of people who need help in our own “backyard.” We hold onto hope when we learn that there are so many worthy organizations providing meaningful and positive change for those in need. Nonprofits ranging from an eating disorder clinic to domestic violence – families and children in crisis can be found throughout the Bay Area. A record, 17 nonprofits have been nominated by the BVL membership. One of the many benefits of BVL membership is the ability to nominate a non-profit organization and participate actively in the final selection.

Hey Wonderful Witchy Ladies, please feel free to share your thoughts on any of the Bay Area Nonprofits we have served in the past or hope to serve in the future.

[This is an original post by BVL member, Lisa M., to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. The 2018 event will take place in October at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.]

Your Guide to the 2017 Wonderful Witchy Women Luncheon and Silent Auction

Get ready for a fabulous middle-of-the-day luncheon and silent auction fundraiser! There’s going to be so much activity going on, we thought we would help you by putting together a checklist of things to do when you arrive at the event. You don’t want to miss out on a single thing. In fact, we highly suggest you get there when the doors open at 10:30am so you have plenty of time to check off everything on this list.

CheckboxJust before registration, walk the red carpet and flash those pearly white teeth for a photo at the Step & Repeat banner. Show off that fantastic witchy hat by yourself or with your friends.

CheckboxWhen you register, you will receive your bidding number and, very importantly, a ticket for a complimentary glass of champagne to start off the event right.

As you first enter the Silent Auction area, you will be greeted by the beautiful melodies coming from the grand piano. Lee Allen has been the pianist adding relaxing music to the event for the past few years. [There’s nothing to check off here; just wanted to give him a shout out.]

CheckboxTake your free champagne ticket to the lovely witchy woman surrounded by glasses of champagne waiting to be consumed.

CheckboxFind the nearest Candy Man and purchase a box for $25 ($20/box if you get 2 or more boxes) of rich delectable chocolates from Chocolate Dream Box to receive your ticket(s) to enter the drawing for the sparkly diamond earrings valued at $6,500 sponsored by Joe Escobar Diamonds. These little boxes sell out every year.

CheckboxMake your way to the Kendra Scott table to make your donation of $50 per mystery box to own your newest piece of Kendra Scott jewelry valued at $50 to $200. Only 60 boxes will be available, so don’t wait too long.

CheckboxPeruse and bid on your favorite Silent Auction items. Many are one-of-a-kind that you won’t find anywhere else. Remember, the silent auction closes at 1:00pm sharp!

CheckboxStop by the Centerpieces for sale. These are uniquely designed each year only for the Wonderful Witchy Women silent auction fundraiser. Our Decor committee was hard at work creating these – only 58 available to purchase! They will look amazing on your dining room table or in the foyer.

CheckboxStop by the table where representatives from each of the non-profits we are supporting are seated; learn more about their organization and how they’re helping local women and children in need.

And this is just the beginning…before the program begins. Now it’s time to sit down at your table and enjoy a delicious lunch made with the freshest ingredients and autumnal flavors. And don’t forget – all mobile bidding and silent auction closes promptly at 1:00pm!

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 27th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.]

 

 

Behind the Scenes – Making the Video

The Bella Vista League kicks off the program each year with a video. This video includes interviews with representatives from each of the non-profits supported by BVL and personal stories told by people helped by the non-profit organizations.

As the video plays, more often than not, throats become dry, eyes begin to water, and hearts feel heavy as the attendees listen to the families relate the crises they faced. Everyone is transfixed by the dejected tone in their voices and the pain they suffered. But then, they move onto how that non-profit offered their help. Strangers that only knew their faces and their need. There is wonder. There is gratitude.

And through their journey to get back on their feet, they learn their own strength. With the guiding presence of the non-profit, they learn to stand on their own.

And the tears fall. Not a single dry eye in the audience. And this is why we are all here.

The making of this video is a challenge to keeping one’s composure for our BVL members that create it. Oftentimes, they could feel their own eyes water as the personal stories are told. They want to stop, hug them, and cheer them on. But they have an interview to complete and a video to produce. A piece that truly is a work of love.

At Operation Freedom Paws facility…

Visiting Heritage Home

A stop at Family Supportive Housing

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 27th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose. Purchase your tickets now and join us!]