The Candy Man Can…and more

Remember how I said there are many unique things about the Wonderful Witchy Women luncheon fundraiser that makes it so fun? Well, read on…

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew…candymen

Cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two..

The Candy Man, oh the Candy Man can…


The Candy Man can ‘cause he sells boxes of chocolates for a raffle tix or two…

Seek out the tuxedo-garbed band of Candy men strolling around the venue to purchase box(es) of gourmet chocolates from local chocolatier, Chocolate Dream Box [1 box = $25, 2+ boxes = $20 each, and 5 boxes for $100] to obtain your raffle tickets for the drawing of an exclusive, one-of-WWW CANDYMAN TRAY PICTUREa-kind, Aquamarine ring by perennial Wonderful Witchy Women supporter, Joe Escobar Diamonds

Each year, J. Escobar designs a stunning piece of diamond-studded jewelry for our annual auction and it always boggles our collective minds how they are able to come up with one gorgeous design after another. And this year’s piece is no exception.

wwwc2015-6As this will certainly be a memorable affair, stop by the Step & Repeat banner to capture a few fun moments with your friends.

Head up to the multitude of themed baskets and
one-of-a-kind signature experiences for bidding. Fitness packages, photography sessions, spa treatments, intimate gourmet dinner parties, sports and theater tickets, sailing excursions, getaways near and far and much, much more. There is a broad variety of auction items sure to appeal to everyone.

wwwc2015-187When the doors open, find your table, admire the unique custom-designed centerpiece (remember, you can purchase one for yourself), savor the Autumn-inspired luncheon, and enjoy the program. Representatives from each of the charities supported this year will share stories from the work they’ve done and remind us all why we have gathered together. As in year’s past, there won’t be a dry eye in the room.

[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 28th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.]

Signature Events – California Getaways

From the fascinating hues of a Palm Desert landscape to the graceful expanse of lush vineyards blanketing the Napa wine valley to the serenity of a setting sun over the Pacific Ocean. There is much to cherish in California and with the following three Signature Events, you can experience some of the best this state has to offer. Check them out:

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Spotlight on CASSY

cassy-logoCASSY, Counseling and Support Services for Youth, is another charity supported by this year’s WWW luncheon fundraiser and has played an important role in ensuring the emotional and social well-being of many students at Bay Area schools. CASSY partners with local schools to provide therapists that offer counseling, crisis intervention, and proactive mental health education. One such student needed someone to lean on when he lost his mother at only 9 years old. Here is Luis’ story.

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Megan, CASSY Therapist, received word from the principal of the school she works in: one of their students had lost his mother.

When Luis was nine, he and his mother, Camilla, visited his brother in college. While visiting, Luis expressed feeling sad to his mother, missing his friends and his dad. Camilla wanted Luis to be happy and decided to end their trip early. Tragically, Camilla had an undiagnosed heart condition and died suddenly on the trip home.

“When I met Luis, he asked, Why did this have to happen?He was questioning and felt it was very unfair that he had lost his mom. He had also lost his home due to the change in family income. He didn’t want to talk to anyone about what happened,” said Megan.

Megan met weekly with Luis, where they did art while talking. Luis shared that he felt guilty; if he hadn’t wanted to come home so badly, maybe his mom wouldn’t have died. He shared that he did not have a photo of his mom to look at when he missed her. Megan got to work and helped him find a photo, which is now displayed where Luis can always see it. Luis also used this time to write a letter tofather-son his mom, telling her how much he missed her.

Luis’ dad, Marco, also met with Megan and shared that he works three jobs to make ends meet, making school based counseling services the only option for Luis, and was concerned that Luis expressed that he wanted to die. Megan worked with Marco and Luis around communicating and talking about mom, and how Luis felt scared to get close to his dad, worrying that he would lose him too.

“This year, Luis is focused on school, more at peace, and spends time with his friends. He’s engaged and smiles a lot more,” Megan tells us. She continues to see him weekly, where they make paper airplanes and talk about how difficult holidays are without his mom.

Luis is one of the 33,000 students within the CASSY mental health safety net in communities around the Bay Area

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Spotlight on WANDA

wanda-logo-colorThrough education, mentoring, and savings programs, WANDA (Women’s Achievement Network and Development Alliance) has become a critical foundation for success for many single moms in the Bay Area.  The stories of these single mothers working to better themselves and create a stable life for their children is inspiring. Here is one such story:

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“When I found WANDA, I was newly single. I literally had no job, no car, no education, no money, no house and two small kids (who I homeschooled) on top of it. When I was accept
d into the WANDA program, the first valuable lesson I learned was that my dreams were attainable and I could be successful in my own right. I loved being with a diverse group of mothers with different backgrounds, and while at different stages, were finding common ground in their goal setting and level of financial education. I love knowing that there is support for women who might not have pedigree or resources or education, and that despite of or even because of the struggles and hurdles they (we) face, there are strong believers who support women where they are and to become who they want to be. 

WANDA supports personal growth. What is more valuable and stabilizing in a society than supporting, educating, and uplifting mothers? The skills I learned through the Wcohort-7-copyANDA workshops have taught me to save money as well as manage money. Having a nest egg has given me a free mind, a “being in abundance,” and security even in my relatively modest savings to make bold business moves that are aligned with my values, beliefs and passions. Because of this safety net, I felt confident to invest in the simplest of tools to elevate my business and thus grow my business into what it is today. I used my money to buy a computer and business software. In the bay area, a culture of polished start-ups and business savvy clients, I was able to shift to professional billing, and also track my spending, earnings and profit margins on projects. The new laptop gave me the ability to interface with clients professionally. I was able to brand myself via website and business cards and create corporate identity using programs that were not compatible with my previous, very old and outdated computer. 

Another considerable purchase was the down payment on a work truck. When I started WANDA, I managed to scrape up $1,000 and work off the rest to get a 1999 ford explorer with 3 working doors, chipped paint, stripped down upholstery. On any given day I could be seen cruising down El Camino with a truck full of plants, trees, orchids, bags of soil, once a bag of manure that I am sure lingers to this day. Then I would go and pick up my kids from school with all these plants in the car, and there wouldn’t be any room, but we somehow found a way, to “be careful of the products!”…”just crouch down, don’t bend that branch, we are almost home!” were common phrases to the little ones. It was just what we had to do to get by. 

WANDA funds allowed for a down payment on my work truck. I bought a used truck with a cab large enough to accommodate for my children in the back seat while still allowing for trees and plants in the truck bed. The day I bought the truck I got a sod installation job. Normally I have to hire a guy with a truck to deliver large, miscellaneous items to my job site. Not this time! Instantly that truck made me over $300! I still remember my fist day in the truck picking my boy up from school. It was directly after I had worked with sod, soils, and wheel barrels…I picked up my boy and the cab was clean and he was so proud, he gave me a big high five. That means so much to me to show him how strong, resourceful and capable I am of providing for our family.

img_0721The message of success through saving, perseverance and dedication to a dream I believe in came through strong. I have no doubt that stories among WANDA alumnae would be similar in their gratitude and pride in saving and realization of goals. 

When we get to show our babies what success looks like we get to shine. We are superwomen and WANDA is helping illuminate us, through education, support and community. 

I have graduated from the WANDA program and have fully realized my savings goals. At this stage I am nine credits away from my Associates Degree in Health Sciences and poised to enter University next fall. I have used some of my WANDA savings to fund my education in my health services career path by adding yoga certification to my tool belt. 

Sometimes, when the day is so full of drudgery and I don’t know why I am so crazy and bent on my big dreams of a holistic healing center, I think about my journey over the last 4 years, how my community has supported me thus far. I have experienced miracles. I have shown my children through gritty, bloody, sweaty hard work, through determination, by not giving in, that we CAN make our wildest dreams our lives. We are valuable, our work matters, we are part of a bigger picture than ourselves. WANDA is part of that message.”

My deepest THANK YOU for the people that make WANDA what it is. 

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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. This year’s event will be held on October 28th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.]

Brewing Happiness On Every Table

img_1605-copyIn a previous post, I mentioned how there are so many details that make this luncheon special and unique. At the WWW luncheon, one of those special things is the centerpiece you’ll find at all of the tables. Each year, there is a new theme and different design by a member of the Bella Vista League. And this year’s showpiece was the brainchild of Stephanie.

“Brewing Happiness”, this year’s theme, sparked Stephanie’s first thought of a cauldron. As she mulled over various ideas for witches, a witch having a bit of light-hearted fun took root in her mind. She researched the many witches that could embody her concept and found Olivia swinging in a tree. With the slight smile on her hand painted porcelain face, Olivia seemed the perfect expression for her ideas.

centerpiecescollage1Olivia is part of the Witches of Pendle collection imported from the United Kingdom. A popular collectible, you can read all about the 17th century witch trials that surround this set of witches in a small booklet that comes with the piece.

The other major part of the setting was the tree. A black tree would complement the color scheme well but still needed to accentuate the playfulness of the scene. Stephanie found such a tree with branches angled in such a way to appear “alive” and had purple lights added to the ends of each branch for drama and color.To complete her vision, Stephanie created a “Brewing Happiness” sign, found colorful butterflies and birds to perch on the branches, and added a bit of tulle to mimic steam from the cauldron.

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This stunning work of art is available for purchase for $95 each at the luncheon. Only a limited number of centerpieces is available, so don’t miss out! I already bought one of the centerpieces to add to our collection of Halloween décor and am looking forward to placing it center stage on our dining room table after the event. [Overall dimensions – 31″ tall and 14″ wide]

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Join Us for the 2016 WWW Luncheon and Silent Auction!

joinus_img1It’s that time of year again for the popular Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. If you’ve been to past events, then you already know how unique and fun this event is. If you haven’t been yet, then read on…and I hope to see you there!

First and foremost, this event was created to bring awareness of and financial support to the local non-profit charities working everyday to better the lives of women and children in need in their unique way.

A spokesperson from each of the sponsored charities relates personal stories from the people they support to demonstrate how their work  transforms the lives of many local women and children in need for the better  [never a dry eye in the audience]. This year’s supported charities include My New Red Shoes, WANDA, and CASSY. While each organization deserves its own blog post (stay tuned for personal stories in future posts), here’s a short introduction to each:

  • My New Red Shoes – helps low-income and homeless children start the new school year with pride and self-confidence with gifts of new shoes and new school clothing.
  • WANDA – Women’s Achievement Network and Development Alliance – increases the economic self-sufficiency of low-income single mothers through education, networking, and a savings program to achieve personal goals such as owning a home, education, or retirement.
  • CASSY – Counseling and Support Services for Youth – partners with local schools to support students’ social and emotional well-being through counseling, crisis intervention, and mental health education.

Please visit their web sites for more details on their organizations.

And now for a riddle – what do Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Bailey Flight, a Candy Man, and diamonds have in common? [cue the drum roll…]

YES! You guessed it! All can be found [in one way or another] at this year’s Wonderful Witchy Women With a Cause luncheon and silent auction.

And no, I’m not going to leave you guessing. Stay tuned to this blog to hear more about what you’ll enjoy at the luncheon and silent auction and learn more about our sponsored charities.

[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 28th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose. Tickets are on sale now.]