2019 AWC Gala Brings in Record Number in Pledges
In April 2018, the AWC Board of Directors set a fundraising goal of £7,000. Our intention was to track all donations received via 50/50 raffles, direct donations to charities made in the club’s name, and funds raised at Founders’ Day. On Friday the 8th of March 2019, the Club smashed that goal. Our 120 Year Founders' Day Charity Gala was a rocking success, with more than 100 attendees. Through a spirited live auction, steady online auction, and Ronald McDonald House pledges, the AWC raised over £14,000 — double our goal!
Thank you to our sponsors, business donors, individual donors, silent and live auction bidders, all who pledged funds and all who attended the Gala. We had record attendance and participation! All proceeds after expenses go to our three chosen London charities: Ronald McDonald House Evelina London; The Soup Kitchen at The American International Church, London; and Doorstep Library.
Celebrating 120 Years of Friendship & Philanthropy
Since 1899, the American Women’s Club of London (AWC) has welcomed members to London and supported a commitment to offering support, friendship, activities and opportunities for philanthropic work. We were excited to showcase our donated auction items on this site and at the Founders' Day Charity Gala on Friday, 8 March, 2019.
The AWC organizes various activities ranging from volunteering monthly with hands-on assistance at UK registered charities such as The Ronald McDonald House and The Soup Kitchen to social and cultural events around London and the UK. Each year we honour the founding members of the American Women’s Club by hosting an annual Founders’ Day event that focuses on the importance of giving back.
Founders' Day 2019 Committee
Whitney Edwards, Founders' Day Chair & Director of Special Events
Amy Richards, Fundraising; Sally Sisson, Marketing & Communications; Kimberley Pucher, Donations; Lizzie Donnelly, Auction Administration
Helping Hands: Eva Chu, Heather Collins, Gretchen Gantner, Beth Holmes, Vivian Jung, Kim Lynch, Laura Schapira, Sylvia Wallach and AWC volunteers who helped at the event!
Thanks for helping to make this year's fundraising campaign and event such a success.
Special Founders' Day Features:
Animated GIF Photo Booth: Capture the moment(s) with the latest camera technology. Our gala will feature a Momentous Photo Booth, which comes complete with built-in social media sharing tools.
Founders' Day Sponsors:
Bronze & Silver Level
Friends of the AWC
2019 Founders' Day Business Donors:
FOUNDERS' DAY AUCTION ITEMS
TRAVEL & LEISURE
Chateau Canet, French B&B/winery: 3-day stay for 2
Palé Hall Hotel & Restaurant: 1-night stay w/10-course tasting dinner & wine pairing, breakfast and more
Colorado Condo: 5-day family stay in Breckenridge
Cotswolds Cottage: 3-night stay in a period property
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
TKTS Discount Theatre Tickets Certificates
Picture House Movie Gift Certificate
SPORTS & ADVENTURE
2 NFL London Tickets for game at Wembley Arena in October 2019: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans
Virgin Experience Day Out: Wembley Tour (Tour for Two x 2 = 4 people)
Golf for 3 at Ealing Golf Club (hosted by Torben Luth)
Ultimate Boat Experience for 4 from Thames RIB Experience
IndoorSport Go-Kart Racing: 30-minute indoor go-kart racing voucher
FITNESS & WELLNESS
Good Vibes Fitness: 12 studio classes
Down to Earth: Yoga classes
FOOD & DRINK
Butchery Class for Two at Ginger Pig
Borough Kitchen: One cooking class voucher
Saponara Pizza: £50 gift certificate
Marulin Tea gift certificate
Ella Canta: Tequila master class for 2 at authentic modern Mexican restaurant in Mayfair
TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
Guided London Walk with Blue Badge guide Kim Dewdney (2 hours)
Oxford & Cambridge Club Tea and Tour for 2
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour: B's Bakery takes high tea on the road!
Tour for Muggles: Two tickets for Harry Potter tour
Mission Breakout: The Ghost Tube Station escape room experience!
SPA & BEAUTY
Medical Facial at Look Lovely London (St John's Woods) with Crystal Walstead
Murdoch London barbers: "The Full Service"–shampoo & haircut, luxury wet shave, signature facial
Nail Polish Treatment with Cocktail for Two at London Grace nail bar
One-hour Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage at The Slow Life Concept by Barbagiove
Medical & Aesthetic Clinic London Ltd: 3 Phytodynamic Therapy Sessions
Prettly.com: £100 Gift Voucher for mobile beauty treatments — makeup, hair style, manicures and more
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
Harrys of London: One pair of men's shoes
Custom Earrings from Contessina London
HOME & DECORATING
Antique Crystal Salad Bowls from Talya Cohen
Handmade Quilted Union Jack Toss Pillow by AWC member
Ann Allega Counseling: 6 Skype counseling sessions
Interior design consultation from NYC/London-based Christine Tse Interiors
Dentistry 53 @Wimpole Street: Professional dentistry in W1 convenient to West End, Marylebone and more
Virtual Hugs: Beginner Online Technology Training Course, including 8 lessons and 6-month subscription
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
Studio 52: Photography portrait session for couple or family of four
Paul Johnson Fine Art Portrait Design: £600 gift certificate for family portrait plus framed canvas
stay tuned as our list grows...
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
If you are making a cash donation please indicate what it is for in the 'Comment' box.For payments via Paypal, there is a transaction fee charged to the AWC, even for donations. In order for your whole donation amount to go to the charitable work, please consider adding 5% onto your payment to cover this cost.