Monday, June 22, 2009

Women’s Center of Wake County Receives $2,000 Donation from Coffee and Contacts

Raleigh, NC, June 20, 2009, -- Coffee and Contacts: Power Networking for Women celebrated the success of the Women Helping Women Business Expo at their awards luncheon Friday with a $2000 check to The Women's Center of Wake County.

On hand to receive the check for The Women’s Center was Mary Lou Parsons, director of ABBEYGAIL’S Re-chic Boutique on Hillsborough Street, the Center’s up-scale women’s resale shop.

“This is fabulous. Thank you all for your hard work and generous donation. These funds will help us to assist the community through our programs and services that provide homeless women and children with support, basic needs and affordable housing.”

The Expo held earlier this month hosted over 70 professional women who showcased their products and services in a 3-hour event. Over $4,000 in gifts were raffled off with a grand prize of a 3-day cruise to Nassau on Carnival Cruise Lines compliments of Diane Bean of CruiseOne. Raleigh publications Women’s Edge and Skirt Magazine!,Costco Wholesale, The Wake County Shrine Club, Total Wine and a host of businesses lent their support as sponsors.

Sallie Matlack, head of the Expo steering committee made up of Cyndi Bulka, Dotty Bryn and Eileen Batson said, “We knew in our hearts we would accomplish our goal because our team of women worked tirelessly together to make it happen. Kudos go to our incredible organizers Shannon Saharski, Ingrid Beckman, Laurice Hewitt, Monique Wooley, Michele Little, Allison Auerbach, Denise Whitley, Yvonne Hanks, Jenna Boyd, Dawn Gupton, Claudia Acosta, and Monique Ruvido. A special thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, exhibitors, attendees, and the extraordinary women of the Women’s Center. It would not have been the success it was without your support, dedication, time and effort.”

About Coffee and Contacts, LLC: Coffee and Contacts was co-founded by Jean Hedges and Jeanne Moyer in the spring of 2007. The women's networking group has grown from one chapter in N. Raleigh to 12 chapters throughout the Triangle and beyond. The primary aims of Coffee and Contacts are to help women grow personally and professionally and provide a base to network within to further the success of their business through referrals while creating durable friendships. Visit

About The Women’s Center of Wake County: The Women's Center of Wake County started over 20 years ago. Over the last 12 years, the Center has shifted focus in response to the most critical needs of women, addressing the growing issue of homelessness for single women with children. The board, staff and direct service volunteers have become strong advocates and service providers for those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. For more information, visit

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