“Waiting” to Make a Difference
It was just a few weeks ago that we experienced the best Eberly Center for Women Celebrity Wait Night we have ever had!
More than 350 individuals attended with more than $34,000 raised among 38 celebrity waiters. Auction items including stays in San Francisco and sailing trips as well as raffle prizes like Toledo Symphony tickets and handmade glass bowls were just a few of the attractions. The Waiter Olympics was also highly competitive and will not be soon forgotten with the games going into tie breaking heats!
However, all of the fun was for one reason…to raise awareness and support for programming for our Eberly Center for Women members. A couple of hours of fundraising with those valuable tips support programs like our popular computer classes, personal and professional development classes for women like Entrepreneurship U, Self Defense, Social Media Workshop, and our popular Women’s Success Series. Also supported are Adventure Fridays that include trips to the Toledo Museum of Art, CPR with the Rec Center and American Red Cross, and cooking workshops with Pam’s Corner are just some of the classes that fill quickly. Upcoming classes include two events in our Lecture and Film Series, a summer Golf Clinic and Website Development course and calls are coming in already to take advantage of the programming.
With all that said, women and men who are coming to the center are coming for support, are thinking about going back to school, and looking to grow. Thank you to the staff of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement for all their hard work in organizing and to all those who contributed to the night.
We appreciate you “waiting” to make a difference!
Shanda Gore is the Associate Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Toledo. She is the Chair of the UT President’s Council on Diversity and works with leadership across campuses to assist in the development and implementation of strategic plans, policies, proposals, programs and operating procedures to support UT diversity initiatives. She is responsible for leading the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women focused on the issues and empowerment of women and creating and directing the Minority Business Development Center that nurtures entrepreneurial and economic development in the Toledo community by providing office space and services, training and mentoring and a network of professional advisers. Her expertise is in the area of diversity, equity and awareness program implementations.
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