Thankful Thursday: Leaders

Tomorrow is an event that I look forward to all year. Yes…Wyoming Art for the Cure. As with most fundraisers, Wyoming Art for the Cure couldn’t happen without caring, invested leadership. In all organizations, there is a need for passionate, hard-working, creative guidance and, thankfully, we have exactly that in the form of Jesse and Kelly.

Jesse & Kelly via the Wyoming Art for the Cure Committee Photo Shoot

These two women are incredible leaders. Their drive to ensure the event is successful is motivational, their enthusiasm is contagious, and their work ethic is unmatchable. Aside from running one the most anticipated and well-attended events of the year, these two also raise their children, work, and are effortlessly gorgeous (inside and out…. there I go, being all mushy).

Without leaders like Kelly and Jesse, there would be no passion to make a difference. Leaders who dedicate themselves to a cause give us all hope and confidence that change is possible. Leaders who won’t accept failure, who believe in their work, and inspire the rest of us continuously improve the world we live in.

Thank you, Jesse and Kelly, for your tireless efforts to raise money to eradicate breast cancer, share art with our community, and empower women. On today’s Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for leaders like you!

Dress & A Ditty: Think Pink

Wow, it’s already Wednesday?? This week has FLOWN by! It’s been absolutely nuts around here as we prepare for Wyoming Art for the Cure! I’m so excited for the event…it’s this Friday!

Since I’m in a pink state of mind with the upcoming celebration, I had to use the color as inspiration for this week’s Dress & A Ditty. (Note: not every week will be colors).

So, here we have it:

Dress – Where this BCBG dress from Tula (an awesome women’s store in FC) to a fabulous event or for a fancy night out.

& A Ditty – Listen to this song by Pink (even though it’s slow and a little sad…it’s one of my faves) to mellow out while you’re prepping hair and makeup before your big night.

P.S. To make a donation to Wyoming Art for the Cure, click here!

Why I Volunteer: WY Art for the Cure

It’s time, once again, for Wyoming Art for the Cure! I’m incredibly excited about this year’s event because it’s our 10th Anniversary!! This awesome live and silent auction of amazing art has been going strong for 10 WHOLE YEARS!

Quick deets: WY Art for the Cure will be on April 20, 2012 from 6-9pm at Little America Hotel & Resort in Cheyenne, WY. We typically have around 500 patrons, over 120 pieces of art, live jazz music, delicious fare, and a lot of fun! I hope if you live in the Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming region, you’ll consider attending this event or making a donation. Tickets and other details can be found here.

via the WY Art for the Cure Committee Photo Shoot (Disclaimer: I was pregnant!)

Okay, so now, why do I do this event anyway? Well, once upon a time I was a catering manager for a hotel. I was young, terribly unorganized, and extremely uncultured (none of this has changed as of today except that now I’m not young). I had a meeting with a philanthropy called Art for the Cure to help them plan their event in our venue.

Now, as silly as this may sound….. When I met the group of women who organized this event, I knew instantly I wanted to be like them. In the meeting room were 15 or more young women, fashionably dressed, impeccably organized, and fun to chat with. I was instantly impressed at their event format (an art auction seemed so much more interesting than every other silent auction I helped organize) and their ability to dedicate time and energy to such a good cause while working, raising families, finishing school, etc.

The night of their event, I stood in the servers’ hallway listening to the jazz music, intrigued by the artwork and in awe of the flawless presentation the committee members gave to spread awareness about breast cancer. I was determined to be a part of this event and to be like these women.

Months later, I learned that I had a friend involved in the event and was surprised to find out that the founder of WY Art for the Cure was the mom of a girlfriend of mine. I took the opportunity to ask to join the committee then and have been on it ever since….that was in 2006.

Six years later, I’m finishing up my last year as a committee member of Wyoming Art for the Cure. Not only did I get to befriend the women I envied, some of them have become my best friends. Not only did I get to be a part of the committee, I got to lead it for three years. And one day, I was approached by someone I had once worked with and she told me how she wanted to be like me because of my philanthropy work, organization, and ability to balance life… was an amazing compliment. I had become one of the women I wanted to be.

I’ve loved every minute of serving on the Wyoming Art for the Cure committee and truly believe that the work this group does goes above and beyond raising money for breast cancer research. We empower women, teach valuable skills about leadership and philanthropy, and we celebrate art and those that create it.

I strongly encourage you to check out Wyoming Art for the Cure, view the gallery, make a donation, or come to the event! You will not be disappointed (and if you want to join the committee…let me know!!)

Here’s to our 10 year celebration! Wish us luck!