Fundraising for a Cause

Glenda found her love of charity work when she first joined the Women for Women International organization as the executive office intern in the fall of 2008. From the numerous heart-warming and galvanizing speeches she had heard from the CEO/FounderZainab Salbi, Glenda found herself wanting to share the immense compassion and love she had for learning and sharing other people’s stories. That same year, Glenda hosted her very first fundraiser for her closest friends at a boutique in Bethesda – although they raised a humble $200 – she was more excited about being able to share the stories of the women she worked with at Women for Women International. Since then, Glenda has been organizing charity events for friends and other local non  profits. Her most successful event occured this past May – when she teamed up with local philanthropist Sarah Paterson to raise $4916 for the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation; moreover, Party in Pink had approximately 600-700 in attendance. More importantly, the planning committee attended the closing ceremony of the Avon Breast Cancer walk and were able to meet some walkers who had been affected by breast cancer. A few months later, she attained Wale for an in-kind celebrity performance to raise money for a school in Nepal called Saprinu/Shining Star Academy. Glenda currently has a variety of jobs and responsibilities – she has been promoted to Executive Assistant to the President/COO at Women for Women International; Hospitality and Events Manager at DISTRICT Restaurant, Lounge and Nightclub – and is working on creating a business out of her event planning firm – Elpis Experience. Her latest accomplishment is being nominated for woman of the year through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society –where she has already raised $30,000 in 10 short weeks.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign is a fundraising competition in communities across the U.S. in which participants vie for the title of Man or Woman of the Year. They raise funds for blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. The titles are awarded to the men and women in each community who raise the most funds during the ten-week campaign; the top local fundraisers in the country also win the national titles. Man & Woman candidates are goal-oriented and compassionate. Their relentless efforts are focused on making life better for hundreds of thousands of patients battling blood cancers: leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Glenda’s culminating event came with her fashion show collaboration with Nicole Miller, THE ARTIST AGENCY, Ultimat Vodka and K Street Lounge. Special guests included Mary Amons and Lynda Erkiletian, Ebong Eka, Katherine Kennedy, and much more. The event brought to light not only the efforts of the LLS, but also actual survivors braving the catwalk–and displaying their courage in the face of adversity. The event opened with a heart-touching video of the current boy and girl of the year: Ryan Darby and Mollie Farrell; who at such young ages are still undergoing treatment for their respective blood cancers, but were able to put on a smile and strut the night away. The inspirational show featured other survivors as well including past Woman of the year Chartese Burnett, Mrs. Carol Cronin, and Bess Wyche. One guest, the son of Mrs. Cronin, exclaimed how grateful he was for the show and seeing his mom ‘the happiest [he has] seen her in a long time.”

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