Garden City, NY (PRWEB) October 24, 2012
Members and guests of the NAPW Bakersfield, CA Local Chapter held a professional networking luncheon at the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House (BRMH) on October 10th. Members and guests raised over $160, generously donating the money they would normally spend on lunch to BRMH. The event was the Chapter’s way of turning ‘doing lunch’ into ‘doing good’ for the community.
“Our goal for the Bakersfield Chapter is to network and highlight women leaders, grow our Chapter by visiting local businesses, and give back to worthy causes in our community,” said Chapter President Janelle Capra.
BRMH Manager, Scarlett Sabin, was the guest speaker and hosted the luncheon in the lovely backyard of the Ronald McDonald House. The facility supports hundreds of families who call BRMH ‘home’ when their child is sick in the hospital. The purpose of the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House is to help alleviate some of the stress that families go through when a child is sick in the hospital by providing them with a home away from home.
“BRMH depends on community support and it’s so exciting to form a new partnership with the NAPW Bakersfield Local Chapter,” said Scarlett.
Scarlett shared with the audience how the Bakersfield House is the smallest one in the international charity’s history. It’s little, but mighty, Scarlett said, and has served more than 532 families so far this year. She gave members and guests a tour of the facility. Halloween-inspired cookies and treats were donated to the families to enjoy at their leisure.
During the luncheon, attendees had plenty of time to get to know one another during a speed networking exercise. The Chapter President then took a few moments to share with members and guests the ‘Dream Board’ that showcased the businesses, organizations, and charities the Chapter hopes to visit in 2012-2013.
“I am also pleased to announce that all of the Bakersfield Local Chapter Board Positions have been filled,” said Janelle. “Thank you to all who have volunteered. I know everyone will do a wonderful job!”
The new Chapter Board Members are as follows: Wendy Armijo, Vice President; Christine Blanton, Treasurer; Claudia Holderness, Secretary; Shelly Pryor, Social Media Chair; Marilyn Henderson, Program Chair; and Gina Cervantes, Membership Chair.
The upcoming Chapter meeting dates are November 14th and December 12th. At the November meeting, the Bakersfield Local Chapter will visit the Bakersfield Rescue Mission for a ‘thanks & giving’ luncheon and tour as the mission celebrates 60 years of service to Kern County.
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.