WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Celebrating Women’s History Month, #SurpriseTheStruggling’s fourth highlight this month is the innovative and event mastermind behind POYED BY VELEVETTE, CEO Velvette T. Mattison-Batson, I.E.W.P—#STSGlobal’s number one event-planner extraordinaire and New York Ambassador. Our humble sister has been dedicated and driven when it comes to the mission of #SupriseTheStruggling. We extend our gratitude to Velvette for choosing to be a part of #STS.
Velvette has gone far and above when it comes to promoting the mission and message of our global #hashtag Campaign because she herself believes in the same principle and mission. Velvette and her organization, B2BAB (Blessed To Be A Blessing) supported the efforts of #SupriseTheStruggling at the third year Blessing Bag Fundraiser Brunch. The Blessing Bag fundraiser is a unique give back opportunity and female empowerment platform for women and young girls committed to aide in the fight against homelessness created by Velvette. Through this fundraiser, business owners and entrepreneurs collectively donated over 2,800 Sanitary/Toiletry items that were placed Blessing Bags to help homeless women and teen girls, not only here in America, but also in Haiti. We honor Velvette for the strides that she is making in the lives of young women, and women in general, not just in her community but also globally. She is a true champion for the people and deserves her place as a woman in history.
Velvette is the CEO and founder of POYED by Velvette— Pinking of YOU Events & Design. POYED by Velvette is an Event Catering, Designing, Management, Planning, and Staffing Business with a clear mission, to provide exemplary and comprehensive services for their clients. With over 15 years of experience and an exceptionally keen eye for details, they are successful in fulfilling the desires of their clients by listening intensively to what they want and focusing on exceeding their expectations. When you choose POYED by Velvette or your event or wedding, you are choosing excellence, professionalism, dedication, and a day free from worries—one of the best investments you will ever make. Be sure to visit POYED by Velvette at, http://poyed.org to learn more about POYED services and B2BAB initiatives.
We implore you to get to know the vibrant and dedicated woman who is making history every day through her work, service, and dedication. We salute you, Velvette T. Mattison-Batson! We are over the moon to have you be a part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling Family!
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Our celebration of Women’s History Month continues! #SurpriseTheStruggling’s third highlight this month is the eloquent and inspiring, Rismia Johnson—#STSGlobal Ambassador from Brooklyn, NY. Our beautiful sister has elevated the meaning of service and sisterhood with her dedication and support of #SupriseTheStruggling. We are forever grateful to have Rismia be a part of #STS. No, matter the call, event, whether day or night, Rismia has gone beyond to assist and spread the message and share our global #hashtag Campaign. Rismia was one of our first Ambassadors who held a Surprise Bags and Brunch in the TENT to promote and support the efforts of #SupriseTheStruggling. We recognize Rismia Johnson this Women’s History Month, as a woman who is making strides in her community, her city, her state, and globally. Most importantly, she is leaving an indelible mark on the lives women and teen girls that she not only knows but those she may never meet but has had a hand in helping through difficult times. Her faith and strong spirit shining through all that she does and touches every soul she meets.
Rismia is the owner and creator of Eloquent Essentials—Uniquely beautiful and eye-catching accessories that fit all budgets. The designs are classic, eloquent, and add an extra flair of opulence that is not often seen in such affordable pieces of fashion. Each design is uniquely chosen to fit the beauty of the person that is wearing it; making Eloquent Essentials a piece of art instead of just jewelry or accessory—taking fashion to another level. A company birthed through prayer, EE brings another level of excellence and grace, not only to their products but also to their customers. Be sure to visit, www.eloquentessentials.com for eloquent pieces and accessories at affordable prices for the entire family.
In addition to Eloquent Essentials, Rismia is an extraordinary hostess, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and philanthropist. She does not just talk the talk, but she lives and walks it each day. Rismia is the founder of, Eloquent Essentials Youth Scholarship Program. EEYSP is designed to invest in tomorrow’s generation; providing the support needed so the path is more welcoming for young entrepreneurs and youth mentoring organizations. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/EEYSProgram
We encourage you to get to know the dynamic woman who is making history every day through her work, service, support, and family. We salute you, Rismia Johnson! We are honored to have you be a part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling Family!
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month, #SurpriseTheStruggling’s second highlight this month is the audacious and awe-inspiring, Lisa Sumpter—#STSGlobal Ambassador for Philadelphia, PA. Our dear sister has been a shining example of sisterhood and bringing a great service and dedication to #SupriseTheStruggling in so many different ways. We do not believe that there are enough words to adequately express just how honored we are to have Lisa be a part of #STS. Whenever called on to assist or to be a part of an event—if available, she is there, and if she cannot physically be present, she is sending support in various other ways. Because of her love, dedication, drive, and willingness to go above and beyond, we recognize Lisa Sumpter this Women’s History Month, as a woman who is making a change in her community, her city, her state, globally, and most importantly, in the lives of her family and friends, and women and ten girls she may never lay eyes on.
Lisa wears many hats; host, humanitarian, a people connector, and in public relations—just to name a few. Working alongside her sister, Lisa is the co-founder of Sister Prison Wives, Best Friends & Families (SPWBFF), a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit Community Organization Supporting Children & Families of the Incarcerated. www.spw-bff.org. SPWBFF’s mission is to provide and promote education and awareness of the impact of incarceration on children and families. SPWBFF is a movement to identify and support the needs of affected children and families and assist returning citizens with re-entry into society. In addition to the wonderful work that Lisa does with SPWBFF, Lisa has a degree in Communications and a Masters in Education. She is also a PA Mobile Notary Public, PA Licensed Real Estate Agent and part a family travel agency—Robinson’s Travel.
We encourage you to get to know the dynamic woman who is making history every day through her work, service, support, and family. We salute you, Lisa Sumpter! We are honored to have you be a part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling Family!
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
This March, celebrating Women’s History Month, #SurpriseTheStruggling will be highlighting the brilliant and beautiful women that help this organization to be what it is. Without their support, love, kindness, and dedication of each of these women, the #STSGLOBAL #hashtag campaign would have never made the strides it has this past year of service. These women bring their “A” game to all that they do! Be sure to follow their pages and get to know these powerful, brilliant, and beautiful women.
Our first highlight is, the “behind the scenes person,” and Mynding My Own Business’s CLO, Ruthe McDonald, affectionately known as Rue. Rue is #SurpriseTheStruggling’s go to person in charge of the Ambassador and volunteer recruitment, fundraising coordinator, organization writer, and general PR liaison. From day one, Rue has shown dedication in helping to promote and bring recognition to the strides and efforts that Surprise The Struggling is making within the homeless community, by aiding homeless women and teen girls. She is also the person you want to contact and talk to if you are seeking out Dr. Jacquelyn Wilson.
CEO, Author, Teacher, Certified Nonprofit Consultant and Executive, Publisher, Editor, and Copywriter. Rue is an entrepreneur at heart; part owner of a small press publishing company and consulting boutique (JohnRue™ Publishing) and the owner of RueFox™ Inc.—a conglomerate of several small businesses. According to Rue, second to her love of writing are consulting and teaching; consulting small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals to meet personal and professional goals. Nominated, she accepted the 2017 position of a Board of Governor with the prestigious, National Association of Nonprofits and Executives (NANOE) for her consulting and executive work, and current work with #SurpriseTheStruggling, Inc. To find out more about Rue, her books, and services, visit her website at, www.ruthemcdonald.com.
There is another opportunity for you to support the movement and look fabulous while doing it! Purchase your signature Dr. Wilson Inspirational Quote T-Shirt today! “Queens Don’t Trip We Adjust Our Crowns Proceeds will benefit #SurpriseTheStruggling’s campaign movement to assist homeless women and teen girls receive the necessary hygienic assistance; helping them meet their needs each day.
T-Shirts come in black or white, each sold for $25.00 S/H and tax included. You can click on the buy button on our page or click the following link: Dr. Wilson Signature T-Shirt
Your support goes a long way in helping countless homeless women and teen girls globally. With your continued assistance we can make a difference one life at a time. We meet the people where they are…PERIOD!
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Local Human Services Organization #SurpriseTheStruggling Inc. Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary
Surprise The Struggling to Celebrate Its First Year With a Gala Featuring Keynote Speaker Iesha Sekou and Celebrity Guest Speaker, Actress, and Humanitarian, Hayley Gripp.
STATEN ISLAND, NY—January 30, 2017—JRUEPRLIAISON— The first Annual Celebration for #SurpriseTheStruggling, Inc. being held on Saturday, February 4th located in Staten Island, NY at the American Legion on McClean Avenue, is a gala event to celebrate and highlight the success, diligence, and hard work of the human services organization’s staff, ambassadors, and volunteers this past year. A catered dinner, specialty drinks, and honors with special guests will highlight the evening’s affair.
Surprise The Struggling, Inc. has made a huge impact in the area of human services this past year. STS, 501c3 nonprofit organization major consumers are homeless women and teen girls. Throughout the year, under the guidance of its founder and Executive Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Wilson—staff, ambassadors, and volunteers have managed to secure and donate over 5,000+ bags and purses filled with toiletries. The items donated and given to various homeless women and teen girls, in addition to hosting surprise baby showers, birthday parties, back to school parties, and off to college parties for those in shelters and in need.
The special program part of the evening will be hosted by CEO and motivational speaker, Keisha Christie, founder of Level Up Connections www.levelupconnections.com. Special guest speaker for the evening will be American actress, humanitarian, author, and activist, Hayley Gripp www.imdb.com/name/nm5872047/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
For its inaugural gala, STS is honored to have, Iesha Sekou, as their Keynote Speaker. An educator and senior activist, Ms. Sekou is CEO and founder of Street Corner Resources. She is the host of WHCR 90.3 FM “The Voice of Harlem” Monday morning radio show, Street Corner Resources Live www.scrnyc.org
The night’s overall event—that is expecting 80 guests, and some very special VIP’s, who will be honored during the night’s celebration—is being hosted by POYED by Velvette, Pinking of YOU Events & Design, LLC. http://www.poyedbyvelvette.wixsite.com/boutique-events Special thanks to, Velvette Mattison-Batson, I.E.W.P of POYED by Velvette for also donating event planning and coordination services for the STS One Year Anniversary Celebration.
STS gives special thanks and acknowledges all of their Sponsors that made the upcoming gala a possibility. Without the generosity and support—not just for this Saturday’s coming event but also throughout the year—Surprise The Struggling would not have been able to help so many. Gratitude is extended to those who donated in person and online at the website, both monetarily and materially.
Continuing their thanks: to Mitchell BG Harper, for the event space to hold the gala; to Lisa Sumpter and Linda Sumpter of Sister Prison Wives BFF, www.spw-bff.org, for Auction Baskets to raise funds for the upcoming STS calendar year. To local caterer, Leonard Bishop of, A Family Affair Party Planners & Catering, bit.ly/AFAMILYAFFAIRCATERING for providing and creating an unforgettable and dynamic dining experience for the guests to enjoy. Thanks to videographer and photographer, Gregory Thomas, for providing special photography for the gala. Thanks to, Edna Lugo of, Cocktail Vixens, www.cocktailvixens.com, for creating a signature cocktail for the evening and providing mobile bartending services. For table design and centerpieces, thanks to Chanae Duncan of Eye Imagine Everything. Thank you, Balloons Décor, B For all Occasion of Brooklyn, for providing decorations and backdrops. Thank you, Wanda Edwards, of A Walk in Her Shoes, bit.ly/AWALKINHERSHOES, for the provision of special material, Ruthe McDonald of Johnrue Publishing www.ruthemcdonald.com for copywriting and PR services. Gratitude is extended to, DJ Ron C of Exodus Entertainment bit.ly/ExodusDJRonC, for providing the evening’s music and Minnie G’s Cupcakery for providing dessert. To local business, Roc A Natural www.rocanatural.com and from California, Sumbody Skincare, www.sumbody.com for providing toiletries and body products for gift baskets to be given away. Special thanks to, Lucinda Cross, at www.lucindacross.com and Nichole Bailey of www.bitsoffaith.net for sponsoring attendees. Also, thanks to, Eloquent Essentials www.eloquentessentials.com for their invaluable contributions. Very special thanks to the volunteers for that day, whose dedication and diligence are applauded. Also, to the following proprietors of the local community for their generosity: Stop N Shop groceries, Columbia Meat Market, Kohl’s, BJ’s Wholesale, Staples, Target, and Shoprite.
The continued support and generosity of partners, sponsors, donors, ambassadors, and volunteers has helped make Surprise The Struggling’s first year of service a phenomenal year of unbelievable achievements and success. STS—through their Ambassador program—were able to achieve their #STSGLOBAL campaign goal by reaching Canada, Haiti, Africa, and Jamaica. They are looking forward to an even greater year ahead and years to come.
There are a few tickets still available to the public. Please check the website for information.
So much has taken place this past year. One of the greatest things to happen?—#SURPRISETHESTRUGGLING! We are absolutely honored to have been a part of so many lives this past year. We look forward to doing even greater work this coming year and for years to come. It is with extreme pleasure that we extend an invitation to you, our friends and partners.
With sincere appreciation for helping to make #SurprisetheStruggling’s progress possible #MMOBENT (Mynding My Own Bizness Entertainment) cordially invites you to #SurpriseTheStruggling One Year Anniversary Celebration! Join us for Dinner, Drinks and Honors.
Get your tickets at, http://bit.ly/STSANNIVERSARY
TICKETS ARE GOING QUICKLY!!! Do not miss the opportunity to celebrate with us! We’d love to see you there RSVP NOW!!!