Dec 092015
 

PursePlease join Women Organizing Women Democrats (WOW Dems) for our major 2016 fundraising event, Power of the Purse, to be held on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Rooftop Event Spot in historic downtown Plano. Proceeds from this event will be dedicated to supporting women candidates in the upcoming election cycle. Power of the Purse will feature a luncheon, keynote speaker and silent auction (purses, handbags and totes in keeping with our theme). The luncheon will be an Italian Buffet with Pasta Station and entertainment will be provided by the Irma Rangel Leadership Academy.

We are delighted that Regina Montoya has agreed to be our keynote speaker. Ms. Montoya is a Harvard trained attorney, a passionate leader in the nonprofit community, an award-winning television commentator and author. In 1993, Ms. Montoya served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She is currently working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinos into the economic, political and social fabric of America, and she is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of issues including healthcare, poverty, diversity and children.photo.ReginaMontoya3.17.15

Ms. Montoya earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, where she is a Trustee Emerita, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also has served as vice president and elected director of the Harvard University Alumni Association. We are thrilled to have Ms. Montoya as the keynote speaker at our annual WOW Dems Fundraising Luncheon.

Sponsorships are a key ingredient to successful fundraisers. We are offering the following sponsorship levels:

$1,000.00 Gucci Sponsorship – 6 luncheon tickets, 6 beverage tickets, and headline sponsorship advertising

$750.00 Louis Vuitton Sponsorship – 4 luncheon tickets, 4 beverage tickets, and headline sponsorship advertising

$500.00 Fendi Sponsorship – 3 luncheon tickets, 3 beverage tickets, and headline sponsorship advertising

$250.00 Chanel Sponsorship – 2 luncheon tickets, 2 beverage tickets, and sponsorship recognition

$100.00 Coach Sponsorship – 1 luncheon ticket, 1 beverage ticket, and sponsorship recognition

$60.00 Individual Ticket – 1 luncheon ticket

**SPONSORSHIPS AND TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW THROUGH ACTBLUE OR BY MAIL**

Click here for ActBlue, or send checks made payable to WOW Dems to Sharon Hager, 1712 Danube Lane, Plano, TX 75075. If paying by check, please indicate “Power of the Purse” on the memo of your check and include your employer and occupation. This information is required for our Texas Ethics Commission filing reports.

Please note that we cannot accept cash for the Silent Auction. Payment for these items must be made by either check or credit card.

Event venue is located at:

Rooftop Event Spot
Upper level @ The Ice House
1000 E. 14th St.
Plano, TX 75074

Questions? Contact Lori Kleinfield at [email protected].

 Posted by at 7:44 pm
Feb 082016
 
Hillary Picture 3Due to a Statutory CEC meeting, the date of the WOW Dems Democratic Candidate Forum has been changed to Tuesday  March 15th, 2016 at the Plano Environmental Center.  Come and learn more about the Democratic candidates and their stance on important issues. WOW Dems is dedicated to supporting Democratic women candidates for election, as well as candidates who will be effective in promoting women’s issues. WOW Dem members in good standing will have the opportunity to vote on endorsements at this forum. Stay tuned for more information on the candidates who will be attending. Remember you must be a current WOW Dems member to vote, however the entire community is invited to attend!
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Where: Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 West Plano Parkway Plano TX 75093
When:  Tuesday, March 15, 2016
6:30 p.m. – Meet and Greet
6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. – Candidate Forum

 Save the Date

Save the Date for Upcoming 2016 General Meetings

Mark down these dates and places on your calendar. We are alternating our meeting venues between McKinney and Plano:

 

Plano Environmental Education Center – 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano 75093
March 15, July 14, November 10

Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) – 3452 TX-399 Spur, McKinney 75069
May 12, November 10

 Posted by at 5:58 pm
Feb 082016
 

We need your help to get out the vote!Texas Blue Hillary

You can phone bank for Hillary with us at:
1915 North Central Expressway, Suite 150
Plano Texas 75075

February 9th, Tuesday6:30 – 8:00 pm
February 13th, Saturday1:00 – 4:00 pm
February 14th, Sunday1:00 – 4:00 pm
February 15th, Monday6:30 – 8:00 pm
We will schedule more phone banks for the weeks during Early Voting.
 Posted by at 2:44 pm
Feb 022016
 

WOW Dems is hosting a private watch party prior to the very important Texas Primary! 

Hillary and Bernie

Where: Angela’s at the Crosswalk 1010 E 15th Street Plano 75074
When: Thursday February 11, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Space is limited. Angela’s has donated their entire space for us so please plan to purchase dinner and drinks from their wonderful menu!

You MUST RSVP here and have a ticket to attend!

As an added bonus, we will have Hillary yard signs for purchase!

Questions? Email [email protected] 

 Posted by at 12:13 pm
Jan 262016
 

We ARE PROUD of our 6 great WOW Dems candidates who are running for election in 2016! See below for more info on these and other great candidates. Primaries will be held March 1st, 2016 (with early voting starting in February). Please get involved in one of their campaigns. You can block walk, donate to their campaign or do whatever you can to help these fine Democrats get elected! Click on their names for more info.


Cristin PadgettCristin Padgett from Frisco, Texas is running for Texas State Representative House District 33, which includes most of Frisco, parts of Celina, Prosper and all of Rockwall. She is young, has great ideas and the passion and energy to bring about change! Her key issues are education, economic stability and civil liberties.

 

Karen JacobsKaren Jacobs from Heath, Texas is also running for Texas State Representative House District 33. She is a business leader and retired engineer, and has been active in the Democratic party of Rockwall. She believes in the importance of public education, investing in roads, water and renewable energy. She has practical solutions for the problems we face.

 

Gnanse NelsonGnanse Nelson is running for Texas State Representative House District 66. She works for Star Local Media in Plano and is active in the community. She is a Public Relations and Communications professional and studied political science and history at LSU. Her focus is on affordable higher education and federal funding to expand healthcare to low-income Texans. With her great intelligence and ability to work across the aisle, she will make a great Representative to the State House.

 

Denise HamiltonDenise Hamilton is running for Texas State Representative House District 89. She is a self-employed realtor, a civic award winner, active in the Plano multicultural Outreach Roundtable, AVID, CASA, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and is an experienced leader standing up for the rights of all.

 

Victoria NeaveVictoria Neave is an attorney, and advocate running for Texas State Representative House District 107 (which includes parts of East Dallas, Garland and Mesquite). She needs your help to win in one of the few real swing districts in Texas.

 

 

Dorotha OckerDorotha Ocker is running for Texas State Representative House District 115, which covers Northwest Dallas County. She is a Stanford-trained trial lawyer and is a partner in her own law firm in Carrolton. She is running on a platform of higher wages, equal pay and affordable college for Texans.

 


Two other WOW Dem members, Carolyn Filak, and Nancy Bryant, have husbands who are running:
Michael Filak – US Congress District 3
John Bryant – Texas State Representative House District 70.
Also, our Collin County Democratic Party County Chair Mike Rawlins will be running again, unopposed! He and his wife Diana are WOW Dems.


Here are some other local candidates:
Dennise Garcia – Court of Appeals #7 Dist. 5
Gena Slaughter – Court of Appeals #4 Dist. 5
Scott Coleman – Texas State Representative House District 67
Laura Irvin – Texas State Representative House District 102
Jan McDowell – US House of Representatives CD 24
Michael Messer – Justice of the Peace District 3-1
Ramona Brumfield – Justice of the Peace District 3-1
Adam Bell – US Congress, District 3

 Posted by at 9:30 am
Jan 162016
 

General Meeting #1The WOW Dems January meeting went well with a good turnout. Dr. Bray gave a compelling look at how poverty negatively impacts children (including their brains and ability to learn) and explained how poverty begets more poverty. People in poverty do not vote nor have the time to care about who is running. Those of us watching the presentation left feeling we really must do something to stem this tide. Thanks to all who donated food for Minnie’s Pantry!

Candidates for HD33, Karen Jacobs and Cristin Padgett gave wonderful presentations answering questions about their backgrounds, and what they will do when in office to improve education, help the middle class, and other issues. They talked about their different styles of leadership and getting things done.

We also heard from Michael Filak who said he’s a feminist! (He’s running against Adam Bell in the Democratic primary with the winner to challenge Sam Johnson for Congress in the General Election). Denise Hamilton attended and showed the passion, energy and determination to beat Jody Laubenberg and her right-wing extremist agenda. Lon Burnam also stopped in on our WOW Dems meeting as he was making the rounds running for statewide office as Texas Railroad Commissioner.

Many WOW Dems stepped up to help with Power of the Purse, our upcoming fundraiser on February 27th. Others joined the Candidates Committee to help plan the Candidates Forum coming in March. WOW Dems will be hosting a Democratic Presidential debate watch party in February. And Hillary signs will be on sale soon!

Dr. Bray also provided his slide deck which can be reviewed here. It is eye-opening.

 Posted by at 1:50 pm
Dec 122015
 

WOW Dems has put out a press release formally endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

Click  here to read the release. We will be keeping you informed of all things Hillary: phone banking and block walking opportunities, campaign events, as well as Hillary signs, buttons, and other merchandise. WOW Dems is thrilled to endorse and support such a highly qualified progressive Democratic woman candidate for the highest office in America!

 Posted by at 1:05 pm
Dec 122015
 

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Everyone enjoyed celebrating the season with our WOW Dems friends and family this past week. The buffet at Blue Mesa was delicious, there was good cheer and sharing of good memories from a great year, and hopes for an even better 2016! Our president, Lori Kleinfield was most gracious in thanking all of our hard-working volunteers and encouraging us to move forward into the New Year. Please visit our Facebook page for even more pictures of our members enjoying the evening!

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 Posted by at 12:48 pm
Dec 122015
 

 

Important: Our Jan 14th meeting is at a NEW location :
Collin Higher Education Center
3452 Spur 399 McKinney TX 75069 Room 200
Click here for directions.
click here for Google map.
If using a mobile GPS device in your car or on your phone, please be aware that many of them will not be able to locate  “Spur 399” . Please open above links for correct and easy directions.

 

Our first General Meeting of 2016 will be held Thursday January 14, 2016 at the Collin Higher Education Center. Our speaker will be Dr. Timothy Bray, Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He will speak on “Exploring the Impact of Poverty in North Texas”. Also we are proud to have Democratic candidates for HD 33, Cristin Padgett and Karen Jacobs answer questions and explain why voters should choose them in the upcoming primary.tim2

Meet and greet 6:30 p.m.
Program 6:45 p.m.

Location: Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC), 3452 Spur 399, McKinney, TX 75069, Room 200.

In the spirit of helping those in need, please bring a bag of rice, dried beans or pasta sauce which will be donated to Minnies Pantry.
See you there!

 Posted by at 11:54 am
Dec 122015
 

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WOW Dems relies on membership donations to pay for our regular operating expenses.

Please click here  or go to the “Join” tab to join WOW Dems now, and your membership will be good until the end of 2016! Our goal is to increase the number of women who are interested in learning more about the political process and possibly running for office. Our best recruiting tool is word of mouth so we encourage you to bring a friend to a meeting or event. Let’s make a concerted effort to expand our membership in 2016!!

Thanks for your support.

 Posted by at 11:42 am