Former Physical Education Director, Marian Weslowski, invited me to attend a Ladies Day Luncheon a few years ago. I have attended this event several times, including the one held earlier this month. The Ladies Day Luncheon is hosted by former Outstanding Gorecki recipient, Jill Stark of Nest 6 Buffalo, N.Y. I am always so impressed and pleased. Jill is still very active and making a difference. Another Outstanding Gorecki recipient, Megan Stoklosa, is also very involved with this event.
This year, there were 148 women. We had a fabulous lunch, were entertained by The Dolls, offered samples of wine and had a chance to win one of 118 gift baskets (all of which were donated!). The centerpieces and cupcakes were also donated. The cost per person was only $20 which included 21 chances for the drawings, along with door prizes.
Currently, the luncheon is held at the Polish Falcons Club of Depew. They are no longer affiliated with the National Organization, but a very gracious group of people that the Nest 6 Members work with.
I had asked Jill to give me some background information for this blog. Instead of using her words as reference, I decided to just include most of what she had sent to me…
We started the event as a way to get the ladies of the organization together. The more we discussed how to do this, it became obvious that supporting a foundation that is affiliated with Breast Cancer research and support would be the perfect option. From that, Ladies Day Out was ‘born’! Never did I believe that it would grow to be as successful as it was this past year. We started out with space for a maximum of 50 ladies for the first few years at our own clubrooms. Shortly thereafter we moved to another location and once we began to outgrow that restaurant, we were fortunate enough to find an even larger location, which it seems we may grow out of after next year.
It is a lot of work to pull an event like this together but I have an amazing support system consisting of family and friends from Nest 6 Buffalo, N.Y. I cannot thank my mother, Sue Sieczkarek, and my husband, Mark Stark, enough for the time and support the give to this event. There are many long days and late nights when preparing for this event and without their help and support I do not think that Ladies Day Out would have grown to be such a profitable event.
I am proud of the fact that we are able to keep our funds local, for the people of Buffalo. Money raised in the past years has supported the following: Susan G. Komen Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Hope Chest Dragon Boat Team, The Breast Cancer Network of WNY and The Pink Pillow Project. At one time, we considered ending the event altogether, but the positive feedback from the attendees made us realize how much this support for our community means to them. As you had learned at the event, The Pink Pillow Project donates pillows to any woman going through breast cancer surgery, free of charge. At Ladies Day Out we had three pillows, one for display, one for Nancy Kieler’s presentation and an extra Nancy keeps in her car. By the end of the event, all three pillows were given away to ladies that attended the event and knew someone who was going to be having surgery in the near future! It was sad to learn that so many people needed the pillows, but it was also a good feeling to know that we were immediately able to help out and make a difference.
Congratulations to Jill and the Members of Nest 6, Buffalo! Hopefully next year, Members from other Nests in District IX will join me there. It is always the first Sunday in October. Mark your calendars!
This is an email I received on October 15.
It is official – we presented a check for $2300 to the Pink Pillow Project this evening (our largest donation to date)! This would not have been possible without the love and support from everyone who contributed a donation and attended the event. Every year just keeps getting better and I already cannot wait until October 4, 2015.
Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.
Jill E. Stark