CAMEO Chooses Second Step as Fundraising Beneficiary

§ July 20th, 2012 § Filed under Donors, Events, Partnerships § No Comments

On Thursday, July 12th, ladies from all around the community enjoyed a night out shopping from the Market Place, getting henna tattoos and their nails done, spinning the wheel for a guaranteed prize sometimes worth ten times the amount of the $10 ticket and buying chances to win fabulous packages including trips, barbeques, spa days and game tickets all to benefit this year’s CAMEO Beneficiary, Second Step Housing. Guests passed a large “C” before entering the East Fork Cellars on a warm and breezy evening in Ridgefield. As women sipped the light orange signature cocktail of the night and enjoyed corn bread chicken sliders, potato salad and a SMORE bar, it was really about a large group of women coming together to give back and make a difference in the community.

The “C” represents CAMEO, Cathy Anna Mayer Encouraging Others, and it all began with a group of women committed to honoring a woman who always put others before herself. Cathy Anna Mayer passed away in 2004 due to complications from Breast Cancer. Her family filled a table at the Sweet Clementine event and in a yearly tribute to Cathy; a slide show was shown of her with her loving family.

Each year the CAMEO committee chooses a local non-profit as the beneficiary of their incredible hard work and dedication to building a stronger community and making a difference in the lives of others. The programs of Second Step Housing to foster self-sufficiency for homeless women and children will benefit immensely from the fundraising efforts of CAMEO 2012.

As the orange sun started to set in compliance with the CAMEO color of the year, Second Step Housing Executive Director, Debby Dover, graciously thanked the CAMEO women and attendees before handing the microphone over to Teri Owen, Second Step Housing Services Coordinator. Teri brought tears to the eyes of the audience as she described herself as living proof the program works and explained how the efforts and dedication from the CAMEO women and the donations from each of the women who attended that evening will truly will make a difference in the lives of the women and children that Second Step Housing serves. CAMEO’s fearless leader this year, Tina Eifert, then challenged attendees to give just a little more in a live giving ask before the conclusion of the program.

A volunteer committee of CAMEO women work year-round to make this event happen. Visit their website to learn more:

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