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2014: An Unforgettable Year

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Happy New Year!  Before we officially welcome in 2015, let us take a moment to reflect on some of the unforgettable moments of 2014; what a year it has been!  We kicked off 2014 with our annual AWA Charity Golf Tournament, held at Victoria Golf Club.  AWA golf enthusiasts "teed off" in support of the Children's Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital, commencing our fundraising efforts for the year. 

Our next major gathering brought families together over chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs. Easter is a great time of year to catch up with friends and indulge in all things sweet!  Our Easter Eggstravaganza and Picnic took place at Caulfield Park and featured an egg hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and delicious desserts shared potluck-style!

After a cold and rainy winter, we were thrilled to have perfect weather for our largest fundraiser of the year, the Halloween Extravaganza!  This event included a costume parade and contest, American style food trucks, beer & wine tasting, games and crafts, and of course, the most anticipated event of the day, "Trunk"-or-Treating!  Thanks to BoxHop, who donated and shipped traditional candy and prizes from the United States, each child left the event with an overflowing tote bag and a sugar rush! If you're missing any of your favorite U.S. goodies (that won't break your new year's resolutions!), check out BoxHop's package consolidation and forwarding offer for AWA Members here: https://www.boxhop.com/vip/AwaMelbourne.  For an extra 25% off your first shipment, use promo code: BOXHOPUSA.  Thank you again to all of the generous donors and volunteers that made this event possible! 

In late November, nearly 100 AWA members and their families gathered at Sandy by the Bay to celebrate one of America's greatest traditions, Thanksgiving.  Our guest speaker, Emmy award winning Foreign Correspondent, Sara James, provided an entertaining and informative history of the first Thanksgiving celebration.  The luncheon provided a special opportunity to gather with new and old friends and raise awareness about the Children's Bioethics Centre.  The delicious meal featured a traditional turkey dinner followed by homemade pumpkin pie with caramelized pecans! The silent auction was a great success thanks to donations from Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, Phillip Island Penguin Parade & Silverwater Resort, American Australian Association, Catering by Chefs, George St Wines, BodyCycle, USA Foods, Mr Wow's Emporium, and Meyer!   

In addition to our extensive fundraising efforts, our members hosted many social groups throughout the year, including Literary Lunch, Mums & Tots, Lunch in the City, Drinks Around Town, Coffee Morning, Gourmet Lunch, Eastern Region Activity Group, Ladies Who Brunch, and many more.  These smaller and recurring events help strengthen the fabric of our organization, and provide an opportunity to get to know members with similar interests.  Not only do these activity groups provide an opportunity for members to socialize with one another, they offer a support system for those who have recently arrived in Melbourne and are adjusting to their new Australian lifestyle.  This is a wonderful opportunity to  share time with others while fostered long lasting friendships. 
2014 has been an incredible year for the American Women's Association, and we can attribute all of our momentous achievements to the support and volunteer efforts of our dedicated members! We look forward to working together in 2015 to continue to strengthen and grow the AWA, and to raise funds and awareness for the Children's Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital.  Thank you all for sharing this year with us!

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