Recently had the opportunity to interview Stephanie Taylor, Very Awesome Girl's new Vice-President about the upcoming Very Awesome Auction, Very Awesome Girls, and what's next for her and the community organization. The Very Awesome Auction at the Writer's Block on August 5th is set to feature live performances by Kat Calling and Harry Fagel.
VIM: Hello! The Very Awesome Auction is on August 5th. How did the idea for the auction get started?
STEPHANIE TAYLOR: Hi! The impetus for this auction started last year when I was on popular comedy podcast Judge John Hodgman with my friend Sewit, who was then President of the Very Awesome Girls. We asked John Hodgman to settle a dispute about raffles and his “court order” was that we needed to hold an auction. We wanted to make it a lot of fun, so there will be live music and poetry readings. It will also be held in one of the most magical locations in Las Vegas, The Writer’s Block.
The auction will benefit Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, a non-profit that delivers meals to the elderly and operates a food bank.
VIM: Very Awesome Girls is going to auction off collectibles, art, services, and other cool stuff. Can you let us know some of the things that will be available to bid on. Any favorites?
STEPHANIE TAYLOR: I’m really excited about some of the original art we will have at the auction. Several local artists have generously contributed pieces and some of our members have also created pieces specifically for this auction. I’m also chuffed at what local businesses and organizations have given, like a dog grooming basket from LV Pet Spa and gift cards with starting bids well below MSRP.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the generous donation VIM Magazine is making in the form of an urban photo shoot and a spotlight interview in this very magazine you are reading right now!
VIM: Tell us a bit about Very Awesome Girls, how did the organization get started and congratulations on now being Vice-President. What are your goals as Vice-President going to be?
STEPHANIE TAYLOR: Thank you, I’m very excited to serve as Vice-President!
The Very Awesome Girls was created by another awesome Stephanie (Stephanie Payne) in 2010 as a way for geeky women to meet each other and affect positive change in the community. Since then we’ve grown to 60+ members and sister organizations in locations like Phoenix.
One of my main goals as Vice-President is to continue to grow our partnerships in the community and to hold more community events. We’ve had some well-attended events in the past (such as the Nerd Mixer at Artifice) that benefitted charitable organizations and I’d like to see us continue to help causes in fun ways.
VIM: What's up next for Very Awesome Girls and you?
STEPHANIE TAYLOR: Our next event is a school supply and book drive on August 19th at Alternate Reality Comics! All donations will benefit Spread the Word Nevada, a local organization that promotes literacy. We’d love to see everyone there!.