WithIt, the women’s leadership development network for the home and furnishings industry, recently announced that Amanda Daubert, Director of Services for Furniture First, will receive the 2021 President’s Award for her significant contributions to the revitalization of the WithIt annual fundraising raffle.
“The WOW President’s Award is a very special and unique honor, as it is not a part of our annual awards given,” said Lorri Kelley, Withit’s 2021 President. “The recipient earns it for extraordinary contributions and commitment to the betterment of WithIt and our greater industry purpose. This year, it was perfectly fitting to honor Amanda with this award due to her tireless and creative efforts to ensure the financial stability of our organization through her innovative fundraising initiatives over the last three years. The value we provide to our members each and every day could not happen without the financial support from everyone throughout our industry, and Amanda’s efforts to ensure we were first and foremost in the minds of everyone during our fundraisers were simply brilliant.”
Over the last 2 years, WithIt’s annual fundraiser has been extremely successful, netting over $20,000 for the organization. Daubert authored and brought the idea of a daily raffle event to forward to the WithIt leadership team, to be held in connection with the North Carolina Daily Pick 3 lottery drawing. Running through the month of November, purchasers of the raffle tickets win the daily prize selection if the number on their raffle ticket matches the daily 3-digit drawing. Daubert also spearheaded the donation of all prizes from various individuals and companies throughout the home furnishings industry, through the efforts of the fundraising committee.
Daubert is well-known at Furniture First for her fundraising efforts for causes dear to her heart. In addition to WithIt, she has raised funds for softball and volleyball teams, Make-A-Wish and the Open Door Project this year alone. Her winning attitude and ability to advocate for the cause has made her a top raffle ticket seller. And coincidentally, she is also the person in the office who gets the most rental car upgrades.
Daubert will receive her award during the WOW Award gala on Friday, October 15th at High Point Market. The annual awards, which are sponsored by International Market Centers, recognize business leaders nominated by their peers who have contributed to the success of the home and furnishings industry and have demonstrated significant impact on their companies and the industry.
Sponsors of this event celebrating women’s achievement in the industry include J.B. Hunt Transport and Norwalk Furniture.
WithIt was formed in 1997 for women in the home and furnishings industries in order to support their multi-dimensional career paths. The non-profit network is based in North Carolina and supported by leading companies across the industry including their Vision and Platinum sponsors: International Market Centers, J.B. Hunt Transport, Myriad Software and Stressless. WithIt’s purpose is to encourage and develop leadership, mentoring, education and networking opportunities for professional women in the home and furnishings industries.