The Girlfriend Gala

CathySikorskiPower Posse, the “magic penny” and the caregiver lady! Those are the most talked about “takeaways” this year’s Victorious Woman Celebration, The Girlfriend Gala. And they were only the tip of the iceberg!

If you were there, THANK YOU for coming!! YOU ARE THE REASON I and my fabulous committee do this every year. You and your victories are my biggest passion - knowing that you can make your life the best it can be, and that I can help you, is the reason I get out of bed in the morning.

Of course, we all love that we can help other women. This year, through the Phil-Hanna Fund, we'll be donating money to the scholarship that will go to a woman of a "non-tradtional" age to help her pursue a nursing degree through Delaware County Community College. DCCC has one of the oldest programs of this kind in the country. It has a great reputation and we're happy to help!

Sponsors Ease-Up Massage and Pre-Habilitation, Yoder and Armstrong Printers and Delaware County Community College helped get us up and running.

The move to the new venue, Penn Oaks Golf Club, was a good one.  Everyone really liked the place, the service and the food. I heard so many good compliments that I already booked Penn Oaks for May 25, 2016. Mark your calendar now and save the date – you won’t be disappointed!

Then Entrepreneur Jen Groover (Empowered, The Butler Bag, LeaderGirlz) talked about ways to empower ourselves; I’m still hearing from the girlfriends about her impact on them.

Cathy Sikorski (Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial Caregiver) made us laugh with her story of how she lost her grandmother – not died, Cathy literally lost her in the mall. It was hilariously too was close to home for many of us.

AS Emcee, I got to talk with the girlfriends and compared my rotator cuff recovery to a renovated “flamingo” motel in Beaufort SC. That motel's story reminded me that my recovery and renovation, like your personal renovation or your midlife makeover, will start with an idea followed by consistent actions. Also, as I shared with the girlfriends, it’s never too late to start and we’re never too old.

The Prosperity Sisters again treated us to dessert with their Full-Spirited Flavours cakes and Pronto Catering added to the goodies with trays of cookies.

Thanks to my wonderful committee: Helen Gallagher, MJ Hitz, Cindy Falteich, Amanda Bruton, Doreen McGettigan, Pam Mariani and Antigone Gabriel. They worked on getting raffle and auction items, came to meetings, had ideas, and showed up several times during the critical last week to do baskets, SWAG bags and anything else that needed to be done.

Thanks also to Jane Tooey who took pictures. She’s the one who took the pictures here and you can see more, and maybe find yourself, here: Girlfriend Gala