Stories of Optimism

Celebrating the Inner Diva
October 21, 2013

The Kettering Noon Optimist Club of Ohio knows that raising funds can be done with style! There was a need to raise funds for their local backpack program, which provides easily prepared, nutritious food for the weekend to children in the free or reduced school lunch program. As an all female Club, Members thought it would be a great idea to plan an event to celebrate their inner divas.

The goal was to have 100 attendees for a Saturday morning brunch. Members agreed that a personal ask with a handmade invitation would be more appealing to potential guests. An electronic invitation was also distributed to the entire Club and many Members posted it on their Facebook pages and e-mailed it to family and friends.

On the day of the event, 210 female guests -the divas - arrived and were greeted by Club Members in pink boas and Brad Pitt. While Brad was a cardboard cutout, there was plenty of real fun awaiting the divas. Door prize tickets were passed out at the membership table and divas were asked to purchase raffle tickets for baskets filled with items donated by local businesses. Divas were invited to visit displays from vendors featuring jewelry, baked good, cookware, handbags and much more.

As divas were seated, there were offered drinks, including the Club’s special “diva juice,” a pink drink consisting of cranberry juice and champagne. The Club President welcomed everyone and presented on the mission of Optimist Clubs. The emcee for the event was a meteorologist for a local news station. The divas enjoyed a delicious brunch while a local business owner presented the latest in footwear fashion.

Then the day of fun was crashed by two suspicious divas, who appeared to be Members of the Dor-Wood Optimists, a men’s Club. The two divas gave speeches about themselves and pulled the names for door prizes donated by local businesses. They then assisted by selling raffle tickets.

Everyone was having a wonderful time when the emcee mentioned that it was getting really hot in the room filled with divas. Then three local firefighter burst through the back door with hoses ready to take care of potential fires generated by the heat created by all the divas. After the laughter from the cord, the firefighters drew the winners for the basket raffles.

The event was incredibly successful and a lot of fun. The Club welcomed six new Members and raised awareness of their work in the community. A grand total of $3,068.13 was raised to benefit the backpack program. The Club received the 2011-2012 Best in Writing Community Projects Award (CPA) and was recognized on stage at the 2013 International Convention. Taking the time to celebrate your inner diva is a great way to bring out the best in everyone involved.



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