WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Our Celebration of Women’s History Month continues! #SurpriseTheStruggling’s twelfth highlight this month is the rock-star and champion survivor Edna Lugo— #SurpriseTheStruggling’s go to mixologist and inspirational reminder of what thriving while surviving looks like. There are so many reasons to celebrate Edna. At the top of the list; her strength and determination. From the very first moment we met this dynamic woman of courage, we have been inspired and reminded of how precious life is and how we must always take each day as the gift that it is while making every moment of life worth something remembering.
In such a small package reside so much strength, power, and courage. Edna wholeheartedly embodies the mission of #STSGlobal by living her life and making every moment count. Her passion for life and pushing forward through obstacles has inspired us to keep pushing past every hurdle that may come our way. Only Enda can truly tell her story and give you an accurate glimpse into her life. However, as we have gotten to know Edna and all that she stands for and the passion and strength that she exudes—it did not surprise us that Edna is a cervical cancer survivor. There is no way a woman with so much love, passion, and determination would ever allow a beast like cancer, to win. She kicked it in its rear end and is living her life on her terms; making a difference in other people’s lives while living her passion and dreams and servicing others. Her talents, her creativity, her gifts, and her passion, inspires us each day to live our best life now.
Edna Lugo—Businesswoman, Inspiration, Champion, Survivor—is the owner of CocktailVixens™. A Mobile Bartending Company, CocktailVixens™ specializes in servicing a variety of social and private venues in the Tri-State Area. They treat you and your event uniquely. They specialize in bringing your event to life with their customized drinks for any occasion, including non-alcoholic beverages.
CocktailVixens™ delivers top quality services to every event they do. Quality service is standard at all venues for which they are hired. Whether it is an intimate gathering or a large event such as receptions and corporate sponsored events—you will receive quality service, in addition to top, quality products that will bowl over you and your guests.
When you hire CocktailVixens™ for your event, please know that you are receiving the best in mobile bartending services. Be certain to inquire about their signature and customized drinks. Once you have experienced CocktailVixens™ services and quality drinks, you will not consider any other company for your events. They are truly geniuses at what they do! Be certain to follow Edna and CocktailVixens™ at, https://www.facebook.com/pg/CocktailVixens and https://www.instagram.com/cocktailvixens/ Email: email@example.com http://cocktailvixens.com/
We encourage you to get to know this inspiring woman of courage. Be inspired by her strength and passion. We salute you, Edna Lugo! We are humbled and inspired by your courage and conviction. 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 our tenth highlight this month is the vivacious and effervescent Naté Jones (Pronounced Na-tay)—#SurpriseTheStruggling’s day one supporter and champion, New York Ambassador. Naté has made herself an invaluable part of #STSGlobal. Her compassion, dedication, and commitment have made her shine like a diamond and the star that she is. From the very beginning, Naté has taken on the mission of #STS and has been responsible for launching our first Purses & Pumps, Sip and Drop & Pamper Party.
Naté has introduced us to many others who have the same commitment and drive as #SurpriseTheStruggling—who share in our mission to helping homeless women and teen girls, also those wishing to empower women. This dynamo of a woman has endeared herself to our hearts, becoming and Ambassador and a board member. Though we have not seen her for a couple of months, we have felt the continued work and support that she continues to give to our organization.
It is inspiring to work with such a young woman as Naté, and know where you stand and what you are going to get. Her boldness, her, passion, her vivaciousness is contagious. In the same room with Naté and you cannot help but be inspired to do something; moved to make a change in your own life and the life of others. If we were to accurately say who and what Nate is to #STSGlobal, we would have to call her the Sun—bringing sunshine, warmth, energy, and vitality. She inspires, encourages, and empowers just by allowing her awesome light to shine wherever she is and with whomever, she is. Because of her, the light of #STSGlobal shines a little brighter.
Naté Jones—Actress, Dancer, Model, Trailblazer, Detroit Native, Game Changer—is Founder of Leaders In Lipstick, an empowerment organization. Leaders in Lipstick—female empowerment group—encourages goal oriented women to achieve their goals by creating platforms for mentoring, networking, and personal growth. Leaders in Lipstick encourage and support women to walk in their leadership roles and make a difference. Through her organization, Naté has executed various venues and social gatherings that have brought top entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations to come together and network—forming lifelong friendships and business connections. www.leadersinlipstick.org
Visit Naté’s social pages to stay informed and to know what you can do to become a part of Leaders in Lipstick empowerment organization. www.facebook.com/leadersinlipstick www.instagram.com/leadersinlipstick www.instagram.com/pronouncednatay and her new venture on Tea With Té, Http://bit.ly/NatéJonesYouTube
We encourage you to get to know this Diamond Trailblazer—be inspired by her shining light. We salute you, Naté Jones! We are grateful to you and your light that has brightened who we are and what we do! We are honored to have you be a part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling Family!
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Our celebration of Women’s History Month continues. #SurpriseTheStruggling’s sixth highlight this month is the incomparable and consummate professional, Keisha T. Christie—#SurpriseTheStruggling’s tried and true Ambassador extraordinaire from Queens, NY. There is so much that can be said for this darling of a human being who is full of love and compassion that can barely be matched by anyone else when in her presence. Keisha has made herself an integral part of the success of #SurpriseTheStruggling. An invaluable member of our Ambassador’s team; Keisha has proven repeatedly that her heart is for the advancement and betterment of the people in her community, as well as globally. Each day she lives and represents the mission and slogan of #STSGLOBAL: “We meet the people where they’re at…Period!”
From day one of connecting with this outstanding businessperson, #STS has been fortunate to be a recipient of her kindness and generosity. Whether it is hosting brunches, our One Year Anniversary, to surprise pop-ups; giving tutorials on makeup, teaching about business, sleeping out to save our children from the streets to organizing a means to send donations to Jamaica—Keisha’s heart for the people and dedication to her post as an Ambassador has blown us away. She is the epitome of dedication and professionalism. We are humbled to have her work with us and beside us.
Keisha T. Christie—Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Doer, Realtor, and Philanthropist—is also the Founder of Level Up Connections. She is creating legacies to last generations. Keisha is using her platform to make changes in the lives of countless people; regardless to age. She is determined to educate, motivate, and propel people into a position of not only recognizing but also stepping into the life that they were ordained to live. Keisha is that catalyst that many people need in their lives to help them see the big picture; Coaching individuals to see their lives through different lenses, offering a wealth of services to optimize your life and revenue. Visit her pages on https://instagram.com/levelupconnections & https://facebook.com/wealthmotivator
We implore you to get to know the dedicated woman is blazing a path, creating an astounding legacy. We salute you, Keisha T. Christie! We are honored to have you be a part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling Family!
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!
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!!!