Raising Funds and Raising the Roof at The Cellar | Cory’s Fundraising Fete

Friends, family and fellow Vitamin Angels supporters joined Cory to eat, drink, and share the power of vitamins at her fundraiser earlier this year.

By Elysia Cook

It was a Monday evening at The Cellar in San Clemente, California, but an unknowing bystander could easily have mistaken it for the beginning of the weekend. The restaurant was teeming with patrons as they enjoyed drinks, food and good company under wooden rafters and the glow of red ceiling lights. Others settled into the quilted, cushioned booths that flanked the walls and leaned into their conversations.

“The Cellar was packed at 5:30 p.m. – it was like a buzzing Saturday night,” Cory Swift recalled afterward. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that night. But it happened.”

Her thrilled response was warranted, given that the atypically crowded scene on August 29, 2016 was the outcome of her hard work. As a supporter of Vitamin Angels, Cory wanted to coordinate a fundraiser that encouraged participants to shake up their Monday with three hours of fun and philanthropy. Although she claims that “I have never organized anything like this before (I have yet to throw a dinner party!),” the project blossomed. The Cellar donated the venue space, and with the help of friends, Cory secured generous donations from local companies which participants could enter to win through an ‘opportunity drawing’. Winners walked away with prizes ranging from yoga mats to hats, art and even a bicycle.

“ I’m still trying to absorb the outpouring of love and support from the fundraiser. ” Cory Swift

“I’m still trying to absorb the outpouring of love and support from the fundraiser,” Cory shared. “While no one counted, there were well over 100 ‘Vitamin Angelers’ in attendance. I was moved to tears more than once.”

She isn’t the only one still basking in the afterglow. The opportunity drawing alone raised $2,300 and The Cellar’s donated beer and wine sales pulled in an additional $1,800. Cory reported that “I have checks totaling $1,550 and my friends are still making online donations…people continue to rave about the success of the event. Mind blown.”

Due to the success of the fundraiser, Cory said that she and her friends are already considering how to turn it into an annual event. “[The fundraiser] was a reminder that we can all do so much more than we think we are capable of,” Cory’s friend, Yvonna, said. Cory couldn’t agree more – but before she hits the ground running for next year’s fete, she’s giving herself time to relax and simply share the victories from her first Vitamin Angels fundraiser. “I will admit, a nap sounds really good,” she said.