AWC Going Dutch May_June 2019


The monthly magazine of the American Women's Club of The Hague

Letter from the Editor

by Audrey Goodman

As we go to print with this

issue of Going Dutch,

our Benefit Committee

is working to wrap up our

2019 re-Building Lives Benefit.

This year’s event took place at

Madurodam on Saturday, April

13, and the beneficiary was Not

For Sale. The Committee was

co-chaired by Deana Kreitler

and Michelle Voorn, who led

an amazing group of women in

planning the event over the past

several months.

It was agreed upon from the start that

Stichting Not For Sale Nederlands (www. would be the beneficiary.

The organization, based in Amsterdam,

aids victims of human trafficking. They

provide training and education, to enable

victims to lead independent lives within

the local community. Some of this training

takes place in the organization’s restaurants,

Dignita (, with two

locations in Amsterdam.

We started planning in early January, first

looking to nail down the venue. It was suggested

that we hold the event at Madurodam,

which we all agreed would be a fantastic

location. Raise money and schmooze in a

miniature Netherlands theme park? Yes,

please! After confirming availability and

space, our date was set. Now for the fun part

of planning the evening…

Meals were decided upon, Dutch-themed

graphics were obtained, a color scheme was

selected, and the planning took off. We had

biweekly meetings and visited the venue

on numerous occasions. While we encountered

a couple hiccups (our online ticket

platform went down for a couple days and

there was concern about the availability of

fresh tulips for our centerpieces), we were

not deterred from our goal of hosting a fun


event to raise funds for Not For Sale. The

Committee members took on various roles

to divide the responsibilities, including auction

item procurement, volunteer coordinating,

decorating, marketing, and media.

Working with such a wonderful and generous

group of women certainly made for a

fantastic experience. The evening went on

without any issues; the cold weather didn’t

keep attendees from participating in the

competitive scavenger hunt, the decorations

were beautiful, the food was delicious, the

music selection was great, and it didn’t rain.

We’re still finalizing numbers but gauging

by the bidding wars during the live and silent

auctions, it would appear the night was

a success.

Many thanks to the volunteers on our

Committee: Barbara Brookman, Dena

Haggerty, Hilde Hatlestad Volle, Jo

van Kalveen, Laurie Brooks, Laurie

Martichinni, Lori Schnebelie, Mary

Adams, Naya Pessoa, Shanon Gonzales,

and Teresa Insalaco. Without these women,

the event would not have been possible.

Details about the evening and the announcement

of total funds raised will be in the next

issue of Going Dutch. Thank you to all who

attended, and I hope you had a memorable



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