AVN 2015 – Sharing Our Hearts

Everything of value that we will know in this life comes from our relationships with those around us. There is nothing material that measures against the intangibles of love and friendship.

― R.A. Salvatore

Relationships are the foundation upon which we build our lives. When we volunteer, we often start out with the intention of helping others, but surprisingly, we find our own lives changed in the process.  The 2015 AVN Cupcake Suite was just that kind of opportunity for our volunteer team. We welcomed over 400 entertainers into our suite for relaxation, food, and complimentary spa services. While we were there to offer love and support to them, our own lives were altered in the best ways:

“AVN 2015 was a living example of The Cupcake Girls’ tag line: ‘Respect, Resources, Relationships.’  Some of my favorite moments were welcoming men and women into the suite.  On their way out, I couldn’t help but compliment their style and invite them back. It was common to hear, ‘So glad The Cupcake Girls are back this year!’ We are gaining awareness and it’s with great pride that I volunteer with this organization…another successful event!” – Catherine

 

“To me, our AVN Talent Suite is like a Cupcake Girls reunion. Our entire team of over 100 volunteers join together each with incredible and unique skills to make the most beautiful and memorable space for the people for which our organization exists. Our systems and skills get better every year, but our space remains the same:  a place of respite, of beauty, of comfort, of the best food, gifts, and pampering fit for our guests of honor. We see old friends and meet new friends. We talk of successes & love, and heartache & triumphs.

One of my favorite memories this year was of an amazing woman who has become my friend over the past four years. She was having a really tough morning and stated, ‘I put my sun glasses on and beelined straight up to the Cupcake Suite, because I knew I’d find you there!’ Minutes later, our suite door opened and she ran into my arms and started sobbing. We were able to take her into a private room, let her share her heart and have a really good cry, while getting a massage and eating her favorite hors d’oeurve, a bacon wrapped goat cheese stick. Later, we touched up her make-up and hugged tight before she headed back to the floor. It was such a special moment to share with an incredible woman. That’s what our suite is all about.

 The AVN show is a really exciting, overwhelming, exhausting, exhilarating event for many people and we get to have precious moments, meaningful conversations, and build lasting relationships with inspiring and talented human beings. Our team blows me away every year & it’s truly an honor to watch them all in action. At the end of the week my voice was gone, my body was tired, but my heart was incredibly full. Cheers to another fantastic AVN Talent Suite Week!” – Joy

 

We are beyond grateful for the sponsors and partners who have come alongside us in support of this event. AVN sponsored the suite this year and allowed us to increase the number of entertainers we could help by more than 100! Their partnership with The Cupcake Girls is invaluable and we look forward to many years of working together. Chamber & Associates helped us to create a beautiful environment, as well as Flowers of the Field, who provided stunning flower arrangements for the suite. Rockin Taco donated the use of their kitchen to prepare food and donated a meal for the volunteers, and Braddah’s also donated two meals to keep our team fed and happy. We are fortunate to be able to work alongside such amazing community support, making this year the best yet.

Client after client tweeted and expressed gratitude for the suite and the volunteers. This is why we do what we do. We loved taking care of every one of you who walked through the door. We loved hearing your stories, we loved connecting with you, we loved making you feel beautiful & pampered…we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Peace, love, & cupcakes,

Becky