NAPW Bethlehem, PA Local Chapter Held Successful Clothing Drive for My Sister’s Closet in July

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National Association of Professional Women Bethlehem, PA Chapter gathered at My Sister’s Closet in July where they supported the nonprofit by bringing donations and making purchases.

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The clothing drive was a huge success. Members and guests brought donated items and also purchased items, resulting in higher than projected incomes for the store that evening... We are proud to be helping to make a difference in our community.

Members and guests of the NAPW Bethlehem, PA Local Chapter gathered on July 11th for a professional networking meeting at My Sister’s Closet.

The group of professional women supported the shop that is a funding source for Truth for Women, a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission includes helping to raise awareness of the rising epidemic of sex trafficking in the Lehigh Valley.

Cordie Lacy, NAPW Bethlehem Local Chapter President, warmly welcomed members and guests to the event. The meeting started with a networking session and self-introductions of all the attendees.

“There were lots of lively and engaging discussions during the initial networking session of this meeting,” said President Lacy.

The group of professional women then presented their clothing donations to representatives of My Sister’s Closet. In further support of the organization, members and guests also did some shopping at the store.

“The clothing drive was a huge success. Members and guests brought donated items and also purchased items, resulting in higher than projected incomes for the store that evening,” said the Chapter President.

“We are professional women proud to be helping to make a difference in our community!”

Gift certificates to My Sister’s Closet were awarded to members Jackie Nonnemacher (Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial) and Portia Watkins for bringing the most guests to the meeting.

In addition to supporting the nonprofit organization that evening, Chapter President Cordie Lacy also led the group in a number of discussions. After reviewing the Chapter’s Mission Statement, member Keshay Blount was recognized as the Featured Business Professional of the Month.

“Chapter member Keshay Blount has been exceptional in maintaining the content of our social media accounts such as Facebook and LinkedIn,” said President Lacy. “This is key to ensuring increased visibility of the Bethlehem Chapter and all that we are doing!”

The Chapter is also planning a number of upcoming workshops in the fall and winter months. The first workshop will be in October. The workshop schedule is being worked on, there are several interesting workshops planned, such as “Making a Dollar out of 15 Cents – Get More Bang for the Buck,” “Planet of the Arts” and more.

The Chapter President also announced the Chapter’s August back-to-school drive.

“The Bethlehem Chapter will be collecting donations for school supplies every Thursday in the month of August,” said President Lacy. “We need volunteers to help with the collection. The location will be at the Allentown ESYC.”

In an effort to gain more exposure for members, the Bethlehem Chapter’s PR team will run a “Get Your Like Right” campaign for any member’s business that has a Facebook page. The goal is to drive up the number of online followers for each business.

There will be a special member-only planning meeting on July 25th at 6:00pm to flush out the details for the upcoming workshops and the back-to-school drive for August. Workshop topics will need to be submitted by the meeting.

Those interested were asked to have a brief outline of the topic submitted to napwbethlehem(at)gmail(dot)com by August 8th. Speakers will need to provide a complete package to napwbethlehem(at)gmail(dot)com by August 31st, including: handouts; promotional material, if applicable; desired room layout; technical requirements, e.g., projector, photocopies, pencils, etc.

Members in attendance were: Cordie Lacey, President, NAPW Bethlehem Chapter, Co-Owner, LaceFront Entertainment, LLC. & Chief Business Strategist for The CP Lacey Show; Susan Beattie, Realtor, RealLiving Spectrum Real Estate; Keshay Blount, CEO of Keada’s Kloset (Featured Business Professional of the Month, July 2013); Helen Drahos, Quality Assurance Manager, B. Braun; Rima Hirsh, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial and Portia Watkins, Senior Financial Administrator, Atlas World Group-Cornerstone Relocation Group. Guests included: Briana Conley, Nelly Kabiru, Shiela Nemeth and Felicia Williams. Meeting minutes were compiled by member Helen Drahos.

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.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Bethlehem, PA Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com.

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