Couture for a Cause and other Activate Good activities are made possible by the dedication and hard work of the volunteers behind them! This week, we’d like to take the time to recognize the Rock Stars of Couture for a Cause 2011 whose efforts helped us raise over $13,000 for our programs. For months leading up to the event, they met, planned, coordinated, created, called, walked, and drove around in search of the perfect materials or auction items, and hung posters everywhere any one would take them! Meet our Couture for a Cause 2011 Rock Stars…
Queen of Coordination, Graphics Guru
In awe of the beautiful graphics decorating the Couture for a Cause website, event programs, Activate Good website and more? So are we! Credit goes to Corie Lambdin, who not only coordinated our efforts and our planning team for Couture for a Cause throughout 2011, but lent her own artistic talent to making the event a beautiful, classy-looking one. Corie is one of the Couture for a Cause original rock stars, dedicating her time and talent to Activate Good time and time again for the past three years.
Leading Lady of Logistics
Marissa Ackerman’s the glamorous gal who directed our logistics efforts, making it possible for us to accommodate more guests at Couture for a Cause than in 2010, feed them delicious food, get our models walking down the runway to high energy beats, and take our event to the next level with a high tech equipment set up. Marissa’s logistics efforts helped keep the team organized and ready to take on our biggest Couture for a Cause yet!
Designer Director and Runway Royal
If our models looked like they knew what they were doing on the runway, it was because of Ann Margaret Clinton, designer director for the second year in a row for Couture for a Cause (and a model herself!). Since the summer she worked to recruit and coordinate our participating designers and models–our event talent–to help every one stay on task and prepare for an amazing event so they could share their artistic and fashionable talents for a cause. One more thing–She did all this while planning her own wedding, too (congrats again, Ann!).
Silent Auction Ace and Activate Good Treasurer
Guests can thank Sandi Matthews, Activate Good Treasurer, CPA, and Silent Auction Ace for the great variety and caliber of silent auction items at Couture for a Cause this year. Sandi led the team in efforts to collecting over $6,000 worth of silent auction goodies, including everything from spa packages, to tasty treats and restaurant dinners for two, to beautiful jewelry so Couture for a Cause guests could get great deals on local items and services while raising vital funds for Activate Good.
Marketing Maven and Activate Good Marketing Chair
Couture for a Cause 2011 generated more buzz than any of our events before it, and it’s thanks to our Marketing and Social Media pros. Leading that charge was Activate Good Marketing Chair, Brittany Bryan, who helped make possible two television appearances, a radio PSA, and articles in the News & Observer and Independent Weekly to promote the event, among other mentions. The hard work of Brittany and the marketing pros working with her helped attract nearly 400 attendees to Couture for a Cause 2011.
Social Media Monarch and Blogger Authority
Mary Gillogy brought her social media and blogging cred to the table for Couture for a Cause, recruiting local bloggers to promote the event and helping ignite Twitter with talk of the fun things one might expect at the fall event. On top of all this, Mary’s outreach helped us nab a fabulous emcee and fashionable judge and landed us window display space at area boutiques to show off some of the Couture for a Cause looks from 2010.
Outreach Operative and Jill-of-all-Trades
During special events there is always so much going on that some things inevitably fall through the cracks. Fortunately there are volunteers like Kaitlin Fender, dedicated and humbly willing to step in and do whatever is needed to make things work. From hanging fliers and conducting outreach, to taking charge of our event ticket table, to monitoring our live auction, to helping keep our tweets and real-time photos rolling in during the event, Kaitlin was a jill-of-all-trades who helped keep everything manageable and every one sane.
And of course, special thanks to the other volunteers who helped make our event fun and successful:
Freda M. Lee
Students of PS203: Intro to Nonprofits at NCSU
Students of the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham
…and many more!