Monday, June 1, 2009

Fun, Friends, Food & Fundraiser for Women's Center of Wake County

Coffee and Contacts: Women’s Networking is hosting a fundraising event for the Women's Center of Wake County June 4th at the Shrine Club on Lead Mine in Raleigh. Over 70 professional women are showcasing products, services and providing valuable raffle items including a 3-day Cruise to Nassau.

Raleigh, NC -- The women’s networking group Coffee and Contacts, LLC announced that proceeds from the organization’s first “Women Helping Women Business Expo” will benefit the Women's Center of Wake County. The expo will be held at The Wake County Shrine Club 6015 Lead Mine in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 4, 2009 from 5:00 – 8:00pm.

The Women’s Center of Wake County assists the community through programs and services that provide homeless women and children with support, basic needs and affordable housing.

“We are pleased to have the support of Coffee and Contacts,” said Jean Williams, executive director of the Women’s Center of Wake County. “The hard work by the women of Coffee and Contacts in planning, promoting and holding this expo is appreciated as it helps the Women’s Center to service our clients and expand our visibility in the community.”

Over 70 professional women will be showcasing their products and services in the 3-hour event. Over $3,000 of gift items valued at more than $50 each will be raffled off with a grand prize of a 3-day cruise to Nassau on Carnival Cruise Lines compliments of Diane Bean of CruiseOne.

International award-winning Raleigh author
Diane Chamberlain, will be available to sign
her latest book Secrets She Left Behind from 5-7pm.

Raleigh publications Women’s Edge and Skirt Magazine!, Costco Wholesale, The Wake County Shrine Club, The Design Mill, and Batson Group Marketing and PR have lent their support as major sponsors of the event.

Donations of gently used upscale clothing and accessories for women and children are being accepted at the event for sale in the Women's Center resale shop Abbeygail’s.

“What started out as a simple ‘Vendor Blender’ for Coffee and Contacts’ 130+ chapter members has grown into a major fundraising event in the Triangle. Steering committee members Sallie Matlack, Dotty Bryn, Cyndi Bulka and Eileen Batson have done an exceptional job pulling all the elements together with the help of member volunteers.” stated Jean Hedges, co-founder of Coffee and Contacts.

Co-founder Jeanne Moyer went on to say, “Without the teamwork of the women of Coffee and Contacts an event of this size could not be pulled off in three months. It is a daunting task and our women are committed and making it happen.”

Everyone – men and women - are invited to attend the Expo and join the community in support of local women entrepreneurs and the important work done by the Women's Center.

Purchase tickets to the event online and at the door for $10 which include a beverage (wine/beer) and light hors d'oeuvres. Raffle tickets to the win the grand prize cruise are online as well. Go to

About The Women’s Center of Wake County: The Women's Center of Wake County started over 20 years ago as a grass roots movement. The Center has responds to the changing needs of women, expanding and providing services as indicated by the women in our community. Over the last 12 years, the board, staff and direct service volunteers have become strong advocates and service providers for women and children homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. For more information, please call 919.829.3711 or visit online at

About Coffee and Contacts Coffee and Contacts, LLC was established in March of 2007, by Jean Hedges, a Senior Loan Officers with Prime Lending, and Jeanne Moyer, a realtor specializing in Green homes with CityGate Real Estate Services. The women’s networking group is built on women who invest their time and efforts to get to know each other and help each other grow personally and professionally. For more information go to email

For Coffee and Contacts: Eileen Batson | Batson Group Marketing and PR | 919.327.5021
For Women’s Center: Jean Williams | 919.829.3711