You may have encountered Charity Chics (Ten Years in the Making)!
TAMPA, Fla. (July 25, 2018)
A tight-knit group of working women in the Tampa Bay area has been ‘KICKING UP THEIR HEELS’ for going on ten years! Together they call themselves Charity Chics! The founding chapter and the North Tampa chapter join forces creating memorable evenings of giving, volunteering, raising social awareness and support for local charities. Month after month for the past ten years the Chics have pulled together for good.
Karen S. Gillman of On Point Executive Center and Lisa K. Ford of Invent Your Image met 11 years ago and put their heads and hearts together to create a networking group focused on sharing business with one another, but more importantly, giving back to the local community. Both had been members of several groups around the Tampa Bay area, but none whose primary focus was on giving back.
The group is centered around monthly meetings where the Chics come together and share their business happenings, the needs they have heard of in their business circles and put their heads together to see how they can help. The Chics believe that cumulatively their small gifts can make a significant impact. A constant at the meetings is a focus on local charities that need help – and in fact, many of the meetings take place in facilities owned by charities. Oh, and they don’t forget to don their red shoes!
The big national charities do good works – no question about it – but Charity Chics wanted to concentrate on the little organizations that do good locally. They wanted their money and energy to do good where they would see it.
Jeannie Holliday and Jodi Perez, of Independent Financial Services, branched out from the Founding Chapter and started another Charity Chics Chapter in the North Tampa/Pasco area to support those local charities.
A sample of local charities supported have included Dress for Success Tampa Bay, Fulfill Your Destiny, PACE Center for Girls, The Center for Women and End 68 Hours of Hunger. From food and clothing drives, social media support, fundraising, event support, volunteer hours and finding qualified Board Members, these charities know they can call on Charity Chics and gain a team of eager champions.
It’s a great time to join one of the chapters! In 2019 the Charity Chics will set sail on Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas and KICK UP THEIR HEELS celebrating a decade of giving. Karen S. Gillman says, ‘Initially, I dreamt our idea would blossom – never did I think it would have such an impact on so many lives. It truly has been a blessing’.
About Charity Chics:
Since 2009, women across Tampa Bay have experienced the joy of philanthropic giving through Charity Chics, where like-minded business women come together and connect for a cause. Charity Chics provides a venue for like-minded businesswomen to network and give back to the local community utilizing time, service, social support, and financial gifts. KICK UP YOUR HEELS with professional women, networking, philanthropy and a splash of fun at our next monthly meeting. To learn more about Charity Chics, how to become a member, or attend one of our monthly meetings, please call, email, or visit our website or find us on facebook! www.facebook.com/charitychics. Charity Chics is owned and operated by co-founders Lisa K. Ford and Karen S. Gillman.