Girls Night Out | Glamour & Giving Event

In 2010, myself and three other ladies met with Ari Harris of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte to discuss creating an annual fundraising event for the House. Completely inspired by the mission and what the House does for families and children who are seriously ill, we created the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte's Girls Night Out event. The event would be a silent auction, cocktails, fashion runway show that featured four mothers who had stayed at a Ronald McDonald House due to an ill child in their family. Each mother would be interviewed for a video piece that told their story, provided with a makeover (a local salon or spa donated their services) and they would be styled and walk the runway as a part of the evening's runway show.

As a founding co-chair, I produced the runway show. I was a freelance contributing writer and fashion editor to multiple magazines at the time so I leveraged my contacts with local boutiques, clothing lines and beauty brands to pull clothing to style for the runway, and gather items for our silent auction that would also take place at the event. I also cast all models (by requesting they donate their time and talent free of charge) and worked tirelessly to crush my first official runway production.

In our first year, the event sold-out (over 400 women!) and we filled the Wachovia Atrium in downtown Charlotte with excitement, women and an atmosphere of giving. We raised over $100,000 at the first event! The event continued in 2011, at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte and then in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at the Fillmore. 

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