About a year ago I walked into the Butterfly Boutique on Bennett Street with a dear friend of mine. She introduced me to Pennie McNeil. I immediately connected with Pennie and loved her spirit. She explained to me the mission behind Friend to Friend and Butterfly Boutique. It was to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. My heart filled with the need and want to help this organization as much as I could. I donated to the boutique and shopped there frequently and began to build a bond with Pennie even more.
Earlier this year I sat down with Cameron (COO of R.RIveter) and explained to her that I wanted to start an event planning company. That meant that I would have to step down from my position at R.RIveter. It was the hardest conversation I ever had to have with any employer. Cameron was not only my supervisor but she was my friend and I didn't want to disappoint her or my fellow coworkers. We realized our professional relationship didn't have to end here. Cameron offered me the job of being R.Riveter's official event coordinator. I was overjoyed with excitement and knew this was the start of something amazing.
We had discussed in the past the idea of putting together a fashion show. I knew there was no better time than now to host a fashion show with the release of GENERATION 3 handbags (click HERE view the new line) upon us. Most fashion shows are hosted to donate to a specific cause or organization. The first one that came to mine was Friend to Friend of Carthage. I couldn't wait to share the news with Pennie. I was elated that we could support this organization on a completely different level.
Next, we had to decide on what boutiques we wanted to be involved. We wanted to make sure we were supporting women-owned businesses in the area. Kataphora, PATRICIA, Forte Fitness, and Blush Bridal rocked the runway and it was a pleasure to work with each and every one of these powerhouses!
Our emcee, Dr. Patrice Carter was so amazing! She has an incredible resume but besides that she has an amazing spirit that has been a guiding light, friend, mentor, and sister to me. I was a proud little sis watching her entertain our audience and work the runway.
Tori King, manager of 305 Trackside was an absolute pleasure to work with. I couldn't ask for a better person to help in coordinating the event. She was always available to lend a hand. The venue looked amazing and was the perfect setting for our show. Many attendees said they felt like they were in New York or even California.
To see this event come together so beautifully was a dream come true for me. The crowd was full of beautiful women who were lively. The energy I felt was a feeling I will never forget. I was proud, humble, thankful, and so happy to share this evening with incredible women of the community. Our goal with this event was to showcase fashion, create connections, and grow our community! I only hope you walked away with one or all of these goals!
I want to thank Cameron, Lisa Bradley (CEO of R.Riveter) and the R.Riveter Team for allowing me to co-host this wonderful event. Our hope is to make "A Night for Empowerment," an annual event that celebrates, empowers, and strengthens women.
"An honor to be surrounded by empowering women at last night's event, A Night for Empowerment. " -Debby Sprankle, Owner of Exhale A Salon
Click HERE to see all the images for the event. When sharing the images please be sure to tag our lovely photographer: Kala C. Photography on Instagram or Facebook and hashtag #ANightforEmpowerment2017, #bagsonamission, and #eventsbymarz.
Special thanks to those that were able to attend. Please stay tuned for future events.
Coming up tomorrow! A full list of all of our sponsors and vendors for "A Night for Empowerment," Presented by R.Riveter + MARZ Events
All Photography in this post: Kala C. Photography