ConnectW Spotlights Community Involvement

Bend, OR – March 4, 2014 – If you want to get more involved in the community, check out ConnectW’s March 19th Non-Profit Showcase Extravaganza meeting where eight local non-profit organizations will be showcasing what they do and explaining how you can contribute. At the end of the meeting, ConnectW members will vote to determine which organization will be the recipient of funds raised during its 2014 Winter Wonderland Gala.

We’re talking about serious cash that can really make a difference. Last year’s winner, Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS), recently received a check from ConnectW for $10,303. “This money changes people’s lives,” said OAS Executive Director Suzanne Lafky upon receipt of the funds.

“At ConnectW, we’re all about creating community through women in business,” says president Diane Kulpinski. “But that isn’t just reserved for our membership. We reach out and support our local community as well. Our annual Non-Profit Showcase Extravaganza is a great example of this. All the participating non-profit organizations have a chance to talk about who they serve and why. Even if they aren’t selected as the gala recipients, the evening provides them with terrific exposure and a potential new crop of volunteers.”

Based upon nominations from the ConnectW membership, the eight non-profits selected to showcase their organizations during the March meeting are:

  • Base Camp Studio
  • Bethlehem Inn
  • Beulah’s Place
  • Big Brother, Big Sister
  • Campfire Central Oregon
  • Equine Outreach
  • Serendipity West
  • The Giving Plate

At the meeting, you will have the chance to chat with representatives from each nonprofit organization and network from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Over a delicious sit-down dinner meet even more ConnectW members and guests. Then find out how you can give back to our Bend community during each nonprofit organization’s five-minute presentation.

For more information, please call ConnectW Marketing Chair Amanda Albrich at (541) 848-8598, check out or come visit in person. ConnectW meets at 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at St. Charles (tickets are available on the website). You can attend without being a member, but ConnectW is pretty sure you’ll want to join its membership. After all, where else are you going to find such a mix of business opportunities, networking, friendship and fun?