Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Found My Passion!

Philanthropy has always had a special place in my heart.  I have a bad habit of over extending my time and booking up my weekends so I never was able to commit to organizations that have regular meetings.  I always wanted to join something like Junior League but it never worked out, but I have found my calling! 

A few years ago a friend introduced me to an organization called The Spring.  They help women who are victims of domestic violence.  I was instantly attracted to it because my husband's mom works for the state helping domestic violence victims.  I've volunteered for things here and there for them but this year was my biggest commitment yet.  I actually sat on their committee for their First Annual Purple Gala!  I was in a group designated to finding silent auction donations.  I used my contacts through work and personal friends and was able to get 15 donation items all with over a $100 value.  The event was very successful and my donations were able to bring in $5,000 worth of revenue for the group.  They raised $100,000 that night and after expenses were able to give $85,000 to the organization. 

It felt so great to have an active role with the charity that I have now called that my second home and plan on dedicating my time and financial resources to supporting their amazing cause.