The Ladies of Business Rockaway Beach (LBRB) really put the fun in fundraiser over the last weekend in January as the growing membership organization held a well-attended event at Rockaway Brewing Co. on Sunday, Jan. 29.
In order to fund the group’s new website, monthly meeting expenses and the print and digitization of their Map Project – an illustration and list of women-owned businesses throughout the community, drawn by local artist Ashley Wood – LBRB auctioned off behind-the-scenes experiences with its members, sold raffles and had Rockaway Brewing Co. donate 20 percent of the bar’s proceeds from the event.
“There are no dues for this group,” said LBRB Founder Rachel Krieger. “So, we are raising funds for that matter and also this map we created. We collected data and on the front you’ll see every business of the women that joined our group, who have actual locations, and on the backside it’s a list of all of the businesses. We just thought it was really important to include everyone and thought this is how we could do it.”
Along with auctioning off the experiences, like helping Rashida Jackson of Sayra’s Wine Bar and Ship to Shore Wine Shop taste and select spring wines for next season’s menu and cooking a classic Peruvian meal with Leyla and Ximena Yrala of Chicks to Go, among many other special sessions, the ladies of the group provided delicious eats (donated by Last Dragon Pizza, Chicks To Go, The Glorified Tomato, Rockaway Beach Bakery and The Paleo Factory) and live entertainment – making for a truly memorable Rockaway Sunday.
“This is important because this community was hit really hard by Sandy,” explained Riva Richmond, LBRB group member. “A lot of the recovery here in Rockaway has been small business-driven and a lot of those business are women-owned businesses. These women are putting their heart and soul into this community and creating business here and community here and, frankly, a lot of them are struggling and they need patrons.
“They need Rockaway residents to come out and support them and they also need the visitors who come in the summer to patronize their businesses. So, this project really started out with the idea of ‘how can we draw people to these incredible businesses.’”
Auction participants spared no expense when it came to bidding on the experiences, with some ladies shelling out close to $200 for a chance to win the sought-after sessions.
The party continued well into the evening – along with the overwhelmingly positive vibe – and, according to LBRB, funds totaled a whopping $2,538.