VIP Membership Celebration Recap

On January 25th we had our inaugural VIP Membership Party to celebrate our members and VIP punch card program that we launched in 2012 to encourage members to be involved with WiD. This is a rewards program available to WiD members only; punches are granted at events and collected at the end of the year.

We were floored with donations to give away to lucky participates and new members that joined that night. We had around 150 people attend to enjoy cocktails, appetizers, music, a photobooth, and shop tours of Von Design. Plenty of fun was had as many new connections were made and old ones reunited. Due to the overwhelming positive feedback and great turnout we have decided to make this an annual event!


Not only was this event fun but it was a huge overall success for our organization. We increased our membership the night of the party by almost 20% and now have a total of 231 active members. Our theme this year is “Building Community, Community Building” and we definitely feel like we are starting this year with a strong community of women in the professions serving the built environment. At this event we also collected enough money from our drink donations to cover the cost of the foam for our “Cushions for a Cause Habitat for Humanity Project”. Thanks for your generosity and support!

We also met many enthusiastic members eager to get involved which builds upon the momentum and energy of our organization. We are looking forward to seeing all of the new faces as well as our current members at our upcoming events in 2013!

Watch our newsletters and website for the upcoming news and events as well as the date for our Second Annual VIP Membership Celebration in January 2014. If you have not received your punch card yet, don’t worry, we have them at all of our events, so pick one up at the next event!

See pictures from the event courtesy of Lori J Photography on our Facebook page:

Check out our 2012 prize winners!
Top categories:
WiD Member of the year – Von Design custom cabinet: Ariel Sims
Steering Committee Member of the Year – Shaw rug: Kathy Ford
200th WiD Member – Gift card to The Cherry Tomato: Maureen Angel
FLOR rug: Caroline Rivers
KLONDIKE specialty paint: Kristine Disney
Necklace by Gabriel Schuller: Ashley Ballard
O’Brien Handbag: Shannon White
Painting by Shooka Sharafi: Laurel Startzel
Necklace by Lisa Blidar: Brooke Erkal
Design Materials: Michael S. Kowalski
2 months to Desk: Ben Gray
Teknion desk lamp: Jeni O’Brien
Bracelet by Lisa Blidar: Ryan Gruver
Ballet Physique workout DVD: Becca Schaapveld
Bracelet by Lisa Blidar: Angela Mavers
1 month membership to Pura Vida: Eva Putzerbaugh

Big thanks to – Our monetary sponsors:
Teammates, Mohawk Group, Provident construction, Teknion, Benjamin Moore, Koroseal, Bolyu
Our host: Von Design Inc. and our door prize sponsors: Wilsonart, Source Four, MTS, and WiD.
Carmen Schechinger; WiD Networking Chair
Kimberly Malone; WiD Membership Committee Member
Jeni O’Brien; WiD Membership Chair
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One Comment on “VIP Membership Celebration Recap”

  1. Jeni O'Brien Says:

    This was an oober fun event! I look forward to next years. Don’t forget to get your punches, the more you have, the more chances you have to win terrific prizes!

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