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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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.]

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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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!

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Ask-A-Thon to Support Wine Country

Like the rest of the Bay Area, we have been horrified by the devastation the fires have wrought in the wine country. Our members have been doing their own things individually to help. We are pleased, too, that the Bella Vista League will assist those affected by the fires by donating 10% of the proceeds from the Ask-A-Thon. So, this year especially, we are asking you to give generously during the Ask-a-Thon to help our neighbors in the north.Napa Fires Page

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Candy Men and the Opportunity Drawing

They’re baaaaaack. And once again, the Candy Men will be carrying platters of gold boxes of sweet, scrumptious, delectable artisan chocolates from the Chocolate Dream Box, a local chocolatier that offered their chocolates to last year’s event as well.

Looking quite debonair in their black tuxedos and bow ties, the Candy Men will be doing the heavy lifting (it’s amazing how hefty those chocolates can be…OK maybe it’s the silver platters) carrying the platters around the floor. And no, it’s not just about the chocolates. Each box includes a ticket for the opportunity drawing to win a unique piece of beautiful jewelry designed just for the Wonderful Witchy Women luncheon by Joe Escobar Diamonds. They have been sponsoring this drawing for many years, creating a piece exclusively for this fundraiser. Each box is a donation of $25. But if you decide you would like more than one box, it becomes $20/box. And guess what – there’s no limit to the number of boxes you could get! Yay!

This year, the winner will enjoy a stunning pair of 3-piece diamond drop earrings including 24 marquise cut diamonds, 8 princess cut diamonds, and 136 round brilliant cut diamonds for a total weight of 1.90 carats set in 18K white gold, valued at $6,500. You can’t miss the beautiful sparkle these earrings bring.

The winner of the drawing will be announced toward the end of the program. So, make sure you stick around for all of the fun because you must be present to win.

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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.

[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!]