#ThrowBackThursday to our International Women’s Day Celebration!

International Women’s Day came and went in March, but our spirit is still strong! Now that the dust has settled on our new space, let’s take a moment to go back and take a look at what a fantastic celebration we had.

Nobody seemed to mind that we didn’t have a floor at the time. Special thanks to our hard working staff and volunteers for all of their efforts in making the space beautiful! We look forward to hosting many more events in our new store, so keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for invites. One key date for the calendar is June 1st, when we will host our first Village Collective at 6pm!

We had some really great sponsors who’s generous donations took our Women’s Day event to the next level. Special thanks to Winebelly for the delicious appetizers, Departure Lounge for the fabulous wine selections, Blue Note Bakery for the delectable desserts and Centex Rentals for the cocktail tables which gave our guests a place to meet and mingle.

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Hats off to Joy Diaz of KUT, for emceeing the evening with grace and style! Aside from often reporting on social and women’s issues, Joy also goes to her daughter’s school regularly to educate the class on women’s achievements after finding out that the curriculum was lacking in that department.

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We hope you enjoyed the added touches this year. Our Sari girls had fun taking pictures and the acoustic guitar player provided a beautiful backdrop to all of the engaging conversations.

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Of course, we couldn’t have our International Women’s Day Celebration without all of the awesome Austin change makers! This year we celebrated an eclectic group of women who are making it happen every day!

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This year’s Animal Advocates were Deborah Schagen of Wags & Licks, Lindsay Marsh of Rufftail Runners, Amy Baxter and Eileen Haag with Bastrop Animal Rescue Shelter and Dr. Eileen Jefferson of Austin Pets Alive. Our dedicated Humanitarians included Susan Dubois, M.D. of Auxanomen Mission, Laura Donnelly with Latinitas, and Lauren Bruno of $3 Shows. This year’s Environmental Advocates were Mary Gay Maxwell with the City of Austin and Sue Searles of the Environmental Action Team at First Baptist Austin. In our newest category, our Emerging Changemakers (under 23 years of age) were Madison Irby with and Elly Smith; both of whom are in high school and are active volunteers at various organizations.

Just like all of our events and day to day operations, we could not have pulled this off without the help of our dedicated staff and volunteers. We have the best team in town – thank you so much for all you do! And if you’re feeling inspired, we are always looking for new, motivated folks to join our volunteer team; find out more on our Volunteer Page.

We hope you all had a wonderful time and made some great connections that will help as you continue to #MakeItHappen! You can find more wonderful photos from the event on Flickr – (thanks to Sarah Frankoff for saving the day as our last minute photographer!). We look forward to seeing you all throughout the year, and at our next International Women’s Day celebration in 2016!

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