There are few things most women enjoy more than a fun night out with a group of girlfriends. It gives them a chance to relax, chat, and catch up on each other’s lives. But Broadwater resident Megan Fetter has found a unique approach to the typical girl’s night out that adds a more meaningful dimension. She calls it Girls Night to Give, (GNTG) and her efforts have helped more than 25 local charities.
Megan came up with the idea of GNTG 11 years ago.
“I read an article about a group of women in California who were hosting in-home events where friends were asked to bring a check for charity,” she says. “I thought I could do that with my group of friends. And so it began.” Megan hosted the first event in her home with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Since then, GNTG has grown through word-of-mouth and has hosted more than 70 events raising close to $100,000.
Their mission is to host casual, accessible and affordable fundraisers for local charities whose main focus is on women and children. Events are held every other month at different locations, and 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to the charity. “We select local charities that are smaller and not as well known,” Megan explains. “The locations we select are locally owned businesses so we can support the local economy.” Some of the businesses that have co-hosted events include Canvas Boutique, Swahrey, The Rolling Cabana, and Florida Craft Art.
A GNTG event typically includes 25 to 30 women who pay $35 each to enjoy an evening of food, wine and friendship. “It’s mostly a socialvent,” Megan explains. “It’s casual, and there’s no membership. Some women come in groups and some come by themselves. GNTG handles the food and wine, and guests are pulled from GNTG contacts, the venue and the charity. Sometimes the event includes shopping and giveaways.”
Even though the events don’t bring in a huge dollar amount, they raise awareness and help women make connections. “We believe our contributions go beyond their monetary value,” Megan says. Some of the charities GNTG has helped are Hoola for Happiness, Answered Prayers Project, The Heart Gallery, and This Little Light of Mine.
Some of Megan’s favorite events are those where the money goes to a very specif- ic cause, like the Children’s Dream Fund, an organization that fulfills dreams for children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. “We select a specific dream to fulfill, and the ladies who attend the event love to know who the child is and what dream weare working to fulfill,” she says. “In the past, we have sent kids to a special gymnastic camp, on a cruise, on a shopping spree and to Disney World.”
According to Megan, GNTG is looking for charities that are not on the radar. They also need venues that are willing to host events and partners to help provide food and wine. “Women make connections and friendships while giving back to the community,” she says. “Everyone wins.”
For more information go to www.girlsnighttogive.com.