Windsor’s newest service group has an intriguing unofficial motto: if you’re not having fun fundraising, you’re not doing it right.
And the good times start with the name: The Charity Chix.
Comprised of successful women form a wide cross-section of the community, the Charity Chix will hold their inaugural event Thursday — Chic @ the City, a fashion fundraiser with attitude at the City Grill.
“The idea is to keep it really fun,” said Kim Spirou, the group’s president. “We’re trying to create an eclectic, New York City vibe. So we’re hoping people will relax and enjoy themselves. It’s after work so you can drop by and mingle in a nice milieu.”
The show will feature fashion only from boutiques that are local and independent — a sort of theme of the organization.
“Some charities are not well-known in the community and aren’t necessarily as high on the public’s radar,” Spirou said. “So we want to try to help some of them.”
An example of an organization the Charity Chix may help in the future is the House of Sophrosyne, a rehab centre for women.
Of course, part of the fun is getting together to figure out where to pitch in.
“If you were at one of our meetings you’d think we didn’t get anything done because everybody has so many ideas and is talking all at once and having sidebar meetings,” Spirou said. “But it’s so exciting because they’re all so passionate.”
The group currently has 12 members — including business owners, an auto executive, labour leaders, medical professionals, and PR and marketing specialists — but it’s open to other women joining, as well. That is, if the new member shares a certain philosophy of life.
“All of us feel we have been blessed,” said Spirou, who owns her own PR and marketing firm. “But we also recognize that success without service is a bit hollow. We want to have that feeling of fulfilment through service to our community and giving back.”