A Comedian, A Singer, and an Amusement Park

What do an amusement park, a comedian, and a singer have in common? You guessed it – all are signature events at the silent auction fundraiser. Entertainment items for bid are always a big hit at the Wonderful Witchy Women event. And the ones below will certainly not disappoint.

My childhood is filled with wistful memories of many trips to this land of fantasy and fairy tales. Despite the hordes of visitors, Disneyland will always hold a special place in my heart. Make your own special memories for you and three friends with this fabulous package.Disneyland Page

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Here’s an exclusive – tickets to a studio taping of Tosh.0. How fun-ny would that be?

Tosh Page

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And how about the services of this popular singer in Silicon Valley:Sargon Isaac Page

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Behind the Scenes – Basket Day

As it so happens this time each year, BVL members are all focused on pulling off yet another successful Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause event. Everyone is on one committee or another helping to get things done. There are tasks, though, that require a lot more hands than are already part of that specific committee. So, dates are scheduled in the calendar for everyone in BVL to know about, come join in, and help. One of these dates is “Basket Day.”

“Basket Day” is when we create all of those fabulous display items for the silent auction like you see below:

A lot of thought has already gone into the contents of the packages. And quite a bit of planning has gone into the types of containers and sizes needed, the filler, the organization, the bows, and more, much more.

On Basket Day, we gather at a member’s home where production lines have been organized and start packaging everything. Does it sound tedious? Sure, this kind of thing can be, but <smile> this group knows how to make things fun. It’s kind of like a mini party before the big event. It’s one of the things that’s special about this group – the camaraderie, the desire to help out wherever it’s needed, the gratitude for everyone’s efforts, and the fact that every member embraces the purpose for which this work was created – helping the less fortunate in our area.

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Signature Events – Glam It Up and Casino Night

There are so many great auction packages, imagine how well some of these could go together. Because if one idea is great, another together must be awesome!

Grab 4 of your girlfriends and have some FUN! How does 3 professional hair and makeup artists, 2 professional photographers, champagne, and appetizers sound for a fabulous ladies afternoon IN…then OUT on the town? OR what about making this a special gift to your teenage daughter and four of her girlfriends? Get four of HER girlfriends together to have their hair and makeup professionally done then professionally photographed before…prom? This nice little package has so many possibilities.

Glam It Up Page

Here’s a great way to spend the evening after getting all fancied up:

Casino M8trix Page

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Behind the Scenes – Centerpieces

Once again, Steph J., head of the Decor committee, has come up with a spectacular centerpiece for the Wonderful Witchy Women dining tables. She has been noodling on these one-of-a-kind art pieces for several months now and finally, she gets to see her finished work. They are, in a word, stunning.

The star of the piece is a porcelain witch. She joins her sister witch from last year’s artful centerpiece in the long line of famous witches to adorn the Wonderful Witchy Women tables. Both are part of a collectible set, “The Pendleton Witches,” imported from England. In fact, each lucky centerpiece owner will receive a short booklet describing the origins and stories related to the Pendleton witches.

Each Pendleton witch is entirely handmade with hand-painted porcelain faces and boots. The “spell books” in the centerpiece are real books that were found at a charity rummage sale. Steph J. and her committee transformed these books by hand painting and stenciling each one into “Spell Books of Kindness.”

All in all, the decor committee spent over 400 hours creating a total of 60 centerpieces! Considering the expectation of hundreds of attendees, you don’t want to miss out on purchasing your own as soon as possible. They will be sold for $85 each and available online before the event and at the event itself. Here’s a sneak peek:

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Gorgeous, eh? Did I mention there will only be a total of 60 centerpieces? Yes, that’s right. Don’t hesitate to snatch one up as soon as you can. See you at the event!

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Signature Events – Bay and Sky Adventures

Experience the Bay Area in uncommon, unique sorts of ways. These particular adventures aren’t available to just anyone at any time and you can be one of the lucky few.

Feel the thrill of skimming across choppy waves in the San Francisco Bay in the America’s Cup Challenger USA76 – the very sailboat that was used in the 2003 America’s Cup race.

Americas Cup Yacht Sailing Page

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Get an awe-inspiring panorama of the Bay Area from above in a Cessna 421:

Bailey Flight Page

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Don’t miss out…here’s another chance to revel in views of the Bay Area from above. Take a ride in a Cessna Centurion in this one.

California Coastline Flight Page

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The Mystery Boxes

One of the fun things about BVL‘s Wonderful Witchy Women With a Cause event is that each year, we’re thinking of new and different details to make the latest event just a tad bit different from last year.Kendra

This year, we will offer mystery boxes provided by Kendra Scott. Who doesn’t love a mystery? And…you guessed it. Each box will contain a piece of beautiful Kendra Scott jewelry such as a necklace, a bracelet, or earrings. The jewelry contained within ranges in value anywhere from $50 – $200!

So, for every $50 donated at the Kendra Scott table at the Wonderful Witchy Women event, you will receive a box and can solve your own mystery with the added benefit of showing off your newest acquisition. How’s that for immediate gratification?

We are excited about this new idea. 100% of all donations goes towards the funds we are raising for our non-profits. Kendra Scott is a jewelry  business with a strong philanthropic spirit and we are grateful to them for sponsoring the jewelry.Samantha.Kendra

So, when you arrive at the event, find the Kendra Scott table filled with the cute little boxes and make your donation(s). There will only be 60 total boxes and hundreds of attendees expected. Oh and here’s a hot tip – there is no limit to the number of donations you may make. (Yea!)  Fair warning: these may not last long.  😉

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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

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