We are a local group dedicated to supporting meaningful causes. Our small nonprofit brings light and hope to families who are going through extraordinary hardship. We provide emotional and financial support to families facing various challenges. We strive to find positive messages in every situation that we encounter.

Experience the GOODNESS & MAGIC of The Festival of Trees!

Local organizations are welcome to apply for a grant through the Fabulous Women of Sonoma County. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring funds and love to your nonprofit! The deadline for applications has been extended to November 11th. The Fabulous Women are thrilled to present “Hometown Christmas” at the Hotel Petaluma on Friday November 30th (6-9pm) and Saturday December 1st (3-9pm) Perhaps, the best part of Festival of Trees is that we give away all the money away to wonderful charities. The tree auction and and raffle will generate spectacular funds. That money will be presented to three recipients. Our tradition is to support our world, our community, and our youth.The global cause...

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An Evening for Courtney

  Imagine if you did all the right things to keep healthy and you were enjoying taking care of your children, one of whom is 9 months old, only to discover you have Stage 3 Hypopharyngeal cancer (an aggressive throat cancer). Courtney Whalen, a mom, wife, daughter and sister is living this reality. Come join us for an Evening for Courtney! It is time to rally our forces and come together to support a beautiful family. In true Fabulous Women style, whether you know this family personally or not, let them feel our love and support. Come out for some delicious food, amazing raffle items, and community spirit. All funds raised on our site...

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Back to our roots – Andrea Vigil

Our first event of the year is a ‘back to our roots’ style gathering where we meet at a home (18 Iverson Way) and share a glass of wine and some nibbles. On Friday, April 13th at 6:30 we’ll be introducing Andrea Vigil, a Special Education teacher at Corona Creek Elementary. Andrea is bravely facing some significant health issues with Type 1 Diabetes and Cerebral Palsy and she is also a single mom. She is new to our community, so let’s show her how caring and generous our town can be!   Bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer. If you can’t make the event, please donate here: By Paypal   By Mail If you...

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Festival of Trees Petaluma 2017

Event: The Festival of Trees Presented by: The Fabulous Women and The Petaluma Hotel Theme this Year: Tidings of Comfort & Joy Location: Hotel Petaluma, 205 Kentucky Street Dates: December 1st 6:00 – 9:00pm & December 2nd 3:00 – 9:00pm Description:  The Fabulous Women and the Hotel Petaluma welcome you to their holiday extravaganza, “The Festival of Trees.” Stroll through the hotel and bid on magical trees decorated by local businesses, listen to live Christmas music, enter our raffle, shop at the holiday market place, enjoy our sweet shop, and take photos with Santa. It’s a festive occasion for the entire family. The proceeds support charitable causes and admission is free. There is a spectacular...

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Giant Steps & Giant Love!

The Fabulous Women Take on Giant Steps with Giant Love!     The Fabulous Women are excited about our next event. It will be an awesome gathering at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club where we will raise love and awareness about the Giant Steps organization. It is our pleasure to wrap our hearts around such an incredible program that does so much good for people who are dealing with physical, developmental, and emotional challenges. This program helps people of all different ages improve their self esteem and increase their independence.     Meet Lily Biagini. She is a client of Giant Steps. As you can imagine, her early amputation surgery changed her life in many...

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Festival of Trees Petaluma

ANNOUNCING SOMETHING CHARITABLE & FESTIVE~ Now here’s a Christmas present that you get to open early this year!!! The Fabulous women are bringing back The Festival of Trees Petaluma this December! The event will be on December 2nd and 3rd. We are partnering up with The Petaluma Woman’s Club. This event celebrates Christmas, Community, and Charity! Count on this year to be festive, magical and supportive to our entire community. We will have a beautiful Christmas Tree Auction, A Sweet Shoppe, Santa Photos, A Wonderful Raffle, and Amazing Local Entertainment!!! Best of all…… the proceeds from this event support wonderful nonprofits. If you notice the enclosed photos, you will see that The Fabulous Women...

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Family Bike Bonanza

Join the Fabulous Women for a Family Bike Bonanza! Come one, come all to a summer bike riding celebration! This Family Bike Bonanza will support “The Earle Baum Center of The Blind.” Can you imagine having an incredible impact on the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired? The Fabulous Women of Sonoma County are presenting a beautiful opportunity to do just that! Yes, by showing up to this family event you will help us change some lives and do something very cool for our community! The idea that the Earle Baum Center for The Blind has developed is very inspiring! Experienced bike riders take people who can not see on adventurous...

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Soul Sisters Campfire – I AM Enough!

I AM Enough! Let Your Heart Shine and Your Soul Radiate Beauty from Within! The next Soul Sisters Campfire will be a wonderful treat for women. We will tackle a meaningful topic about Body Image and Self-Love. Every woman has unique qualities that make her special. We sometimes forget that because there is constant pressure to be more…..more beautiful, more hot, more sexy, more this….. more that…..It’s true that somewhere in our journey we will be told that we’re just NOT Enough. Media plays on that message everywhere, and females are constantly being labeled. Whether you are 12 or 90….this message rings true in today’s world. This workshop will remove the stereotypes around age...

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Care-Giving With Grace ~ Creating a Path for Dignity and Love

The Fabulous Women’s Group is very excited to gather the community for a very important topic about care-giving. This workshop will address the concerns that relate to elderly care and it will discuss the emotional changes that affect the entire family. As our loved ones come to terms with changes in their health and realize their limitations, we must also figure out the best tools available to offer them emotional support, physical care, safety, and comfort. Statistics Show…. “Among all adults with at least one parent age 65 or older, 30% say their parent or parents need help to handle their affairs or care for themselves.” There is a growing need for care-givers as...

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Back To Our Roots

The Fabulous Women of Sonoma County couldn’t be more excited about 2016. Plans are in motion for events that will impact our entire community. We’ve already outlined several meaningful causes that will empower the next generation and inspire local giving. The strength of our group depends on people like you. It is the collective spirit that allows our group to have a profound impact on families experiencing extraordinary hardship and on local organizations that are providing valuable service to our community. We strive to make charity fun and accessible to everyone. After ten years of service we have come to realize that the single most important gift that we can offer is love and...

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Holiday LOVE for the Lugo Family

Lindsay Lugo is a Petaluma mother with an incredible spirit. It’s a joy to hear her talk about her boys, see her cooking creations, and talk about her inspiration to pursue a career in the medical field. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in the field of Pyschology. Her aspirations are great and our group would love to see this local mom fulfill her dreams. She is a wife to husband, Angelo and a mother of two sweet boys, Trustin and Angelo Jr. This passionate mom has been dealt a difficult hand. She is fighting for her life. Lindsay is currently waiting to recieve a lung transplant because she a rare heart...

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Kindness Campaign

If you’re wondering what the Fabulous Women are doing for Christmas this year……hold onto your Santa hats because sparkle and magic are about to hit Petaluma! This little black Random Acts of Kindness book was put on the windshield of a board member’s car. Well, we all fell in love with the idea and the joy that it inspired. The “Pay It Forward” idea isn’t new, but the book idea is simply brilliant! That’s why we are multiplying this little book into 200 additional books. Yes, we are covering the city of Petaluma with these festive gifts. Imagine finding one on your windshield or in your mailbox, you’ll then have the chance to spread...

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Carousel Fund Carnival from 10 am – 4 pm on September 19th.

Petaluma Valley Athletic Club is hosting a new Carousel Fund Carnival from 10 am – 4 pm on September 19th. The Fabulous Women love the work of the Carousel Fund. It’s a local treasure because the organization supports wonderful families with tough medical hardships. This is a family event complete with Carnival Games and food, basketball and pickle ball games, face-painting, kids prizes and more… If you would like to volunteer at this family event , please call: Krista Gawronski @ 707 799-2153 We are thankful to Martha Elder Domont and Rob Domont for opening the doors to their club. Petaluma Valley Athletic Club is the perfect backdrop for community fun and charitable...

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Soul Sisters Campfire ~ Where Women Gather on Purpose! September 12th, 2015

Our new workshop series for women has had a terrific response in our community. Women are excited to have a place to gather, socialize, and exchange stories and wisdom. These events are a treat for the soul, and we hope you will join us for the next gathering on September 12th. Consider it a pampering experience for yourself where you will be inspired, your passion will be stimulated, and you will have fun laughing and telling stories. When was the last time that you carved out a day just for yourself? This upcoming workshop is an exciting opportunity to have fun and explore practical tools for living. It will help you go from depleted to...

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The Community Pays Tribute to James Forni

Thank you to everyone in the community that supported the Forni Family. The tribute for James Forni was truly beautiful, and the community showed up with great love and appreciation. Every single person that was in that gym felt great love. James encouraged all of us to be better human beings. May his grace and compassionate qualities carry us through our lives and inspire sincere intentions to do good in the world. Thank you to every person that volunteered, baked cookies, dropped off water, and contributed flowers. Once again, our Petaluma community reaffirms generosity and compassion. Since James was so dedicated to the success of students and athletes, his family has established a memorial...

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The Fabulous Women Show up for Monic – Recap

    Thank you for the amazing turnout for Monic! There was so much love in the room. Although Monic was too sick to attend the event, she had a supportive family present to represent her story and her courage. We fell in love with her brave family on that night, especially her daughters, Lexi and Ashlee. The group loved hearing from her loving sisters, Rashell and Miranda, and her father, Herb. He had so much pride and love to share about his daughter. Herb said that it was because of Monic that he now has a better understanding of what it means to be a strong person. It is less about physical strength...

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Memorial to honor James Forni

Loving Community ~ On behalf of the Forni Family, we would like to invite the community to join us for a special memorial to honor James Forni on Saturday, July 11th, at 10:00am in the Casa Grande Gymnasium. Many people have asked how they can support the Forni Family. We will be coordinating an effort to collect desserts and cases of bottled water for the reception following the memorial on Saturday. The reception will be held in the Old Multi Purpose Room and it will flow onto the outdoor campus. We will have volunteers available to receive your donations of baked goods and cases of bottled water on Friday, July 10th, from 1:00 –...

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A Night for Monic Mancilla

Please join us on July 31 at 6:30pm at Harvest Petaluma, formally known as Fourchette. On this evening we will support Monic, (pronounced Monique) who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. This devastating news has hit her family extremely hard. Due to the large size of the mass that was found, Monic must first undergo a mininum of five months of chemotherapy treatments in hopes of decreasing the size of the mass before surgery. After surgery is performed, she will then begin a series of radiation treatments which will continue for several more months. During this time, she will be unable to work and will only receive a small portion of her...

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The Fabulous Women present Soul Sister’s Campfire ~ Bubbles & Balance: June 26th, 2015

The Fabulous Women Create a Spark! Soul Sisters Campfire We are very excited about the plans for the next Soul Sisters Campfire. The date is June 26th at a very cool local venue with a rustic barn and gorgeous landscape. We are very grateful to Kathleen Savano for being our lovely hostess!   This will be an enjoyable day for women to: ~ Gather on Purpose ~ Learn Tools for Balancing our Lives ~ Experience Yoga ~ Meet New Women ~ Enjoy Rich Conversations ~ Share Food ~ & Enjoy a Little Bubbly     We will enjoy yoga instruction from: Jesi Mifsud who owns Blue Door Yoga. Jesi has a warm approach to yoga. She...

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Vinnie’s Heart

The Fabulous Women have always rallied around meaningful community causes. Sometimes we raise awareness and other times we restore hope in difficult situations. Every cause that we champion becomes our priority and focus, and when a child is involved we take it very personally. We ask ourselves, “How can we make this situation better? What is the Silver Lining? What can our community learn from this extraordinary hardship? This is 9 year old, Vinnie Schenone. He is actually the little cousin of founding board members, Sandra Fetter and Krista Gawronski. Just days ago, Vinnie was on the playground at EverGreen School in Rohnert Park when he collapsed and went into a cardiac arrest. He...

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Soul Sisters Campfire

Ignite Your Passion, Celebrate your Gifts & Live with Purpose  If you find yourself thinking about taking a break from your busy life, and you desire a little more “Me Time,” come join us for our Soul Sisters Campfire! 2015 sparks the kick-off to a new workshop series presented by The Fabulous Women. This three part series will engage your spirit. You can come to one event or join us for all three that are planned throughout the year. Meet other women in the community and address life topics that are relevant to being a positive person and compassionate human being. You’ll have the opportunity to learn life strategies from experienced speakers in the...

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A Night of Giving Recap

A Night of Giving was a magical night. Thank you to everyone who came out to spread generosity, raise awareness about charity, and participate in the holiday festivities. We had amazing entertainment for the event which was provided by, The Pacific Empire Chorus Group, Peas and Carrots Photography, DJ Drew, and Circle of Friends Photo Booth Services. There were close to twenty-five nonprofits that participated. We would like to extend our gratitude to all of the awesome charities that were both gracious and energetic. They did an amazing job creating and showcasing storyboards that helped the community connect with their charitable missions. We had food galore, a wonderful raffle and an outstanding silent auction....

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A Night of Giving

Fall in love with charity this holiday season! Mark your calendars for December 13th. This year the Fabulous Women are introducing an event that captures the “Spirit of Holiday Giving.” Over the past three years we have gained a wonderful audience that has enjoyed The Festival of Trees. It has been a successful tradition that has drawn families throughout Sonoma County, and we have raised close to $50,000 for local charities. The beautiful tree auction will be back next year. This holiday season we are trying a new and exciting format. We will be having a festive gathering that will include food, music and a charitable surprise that should not be missed. You will...

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The Colors of Courage Recap

The Colors of Courage was a beautiful collaboration of families, local businesses, students, Petaluma Police Department, leadership groups and the Fabulous Women. Delaney Frye, Ellie O’ Neill, and Victor Matthias really captured the hearts of Petaluma by sharing their experience with childhood cancer. The proceeds from the event helped support the Frye Family with their medical expenses. We were also able to write a significant check to the UCSF oncology department. Members of the community showed up with over a thousand toys for UCSF. Those gifts will bring some comfort to children receiving cancer treatment. The speeches during the day were wonderful and inspiring. Thank you to Martha Domont, James Forni, Father Gary, John...

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Douglas Recap

Great night at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club ~ We always appreciate the kindness of Martha, Rob, and Robin for opening the door and letting the community in. Thank you to Wendy Thomas, local fire woman, Sue, and Debbie Bender for your excellent heart presentations and CPR training. It was great life saving information for every one to take away from the night. The turn out was lovely and all of the exchanges were heartfelt. I appreciated the extra words from Eric Smith and John Banister about Wayne’s personality and charm. A lot of Laura and Wayne’s family came and it made the night a bit easier for Laura to just enjoy the night. Thank you...

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Because I am a Girl Recap!

How do you define a good time? Is it when your belly hurts from laughing and sharing stories or your heart feels joyful because you got to connect with people? Is it the hugs on the way in or the hugs on the way out? Is it the circle of trust that you find with old friends and even new friends? Is it the safety you feel when you’re surrounded by a group of people that clearly have your back, or is it the heartfelt exchanges that happen in a small circle? Is it the feeling that you get when someone tells their story and you find the courage to share yours? Is it...

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Festival of Trees Recap!

The Festival of Trees is an event that the Fabulous Women put on annually.  It’s a magical holiday extravaganza that brings charity, families and community together. This slideshow requires JavaScript. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making Festival of Trees 2013 a huge hit. We are excited to gift the proceeds to Hope Counseling, PEP Housing and Rwanda School Project. As an extra blessing, we will give a small gift to Santa’s Pick, The Carousel Fund. We feel so grateful that we live in such a generous and loving community. We are thankful to Theatre Square for hosting our group, and we appreciated all of the local talent, (Petaluma Pete, Santa, Pacific...

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Video

Lisa Baird helped The Women express our mission and tell our story with this beautiful montage.  She honored us with this gift when we achieved our nonprofit status.  It captures the essence of our group and highlights families we have helped along the way....

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Oprah

Oprah Winfrey planted the seed for our organization.  We found inspiration after watching her show for many years and seeing how her “Angel Network” made such a positive difference in the...

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What can I do? A poem by Krista

What can I do …..Little ol me? I can’t Cure Cancer or Change Poverty. But…I can cook a mean meatloaf and shuttle my kids off to school…. I can plant tulips in the Spring and drive a Prius to save fuel. I can exercise patience and kindness, Oh yes I can, I’m trying so hard to help my kids understand… That I can make a difference… just Little ol me, I can help a sick friend or even plant a tree. Oh, I try to do the right things; I floss, recycle and exercise my vote, And in the Winter I donate one fuzzy warm coat. But there’s a deeper desire in my heart...

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