First Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser


Amber Foster Smith Photography


Johnson Lexus Raleigh

Event Sponsor, Johnson Lexus of Raleigh


Because of you we have hired over 20 artisans, hosted 80 workshops,
given over 400 meals, and paid over 1300 living wage hours.
Join us in celebrating our first year!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30-9:30 pm

$60 per person or $100 per couple
The Cannon Room
16 W Martin St. 12th Floor, Downtown Raleigh


  • Special Guest Speakers co-hosts of Red X Podcast
    Mayor of Apex Lance Olive and Director of Shield North Carolina, Nicole Bernard
  • Hear from a Former DFJ Artisan now Donor and Volunteer
  • Appetizers and Drinks
  • Shop Designed For Joy’s New Fall Line
  • Music by DJ Uniq
  • Silent Auction and Raffle Items from Local Businesses
    The Mayton Inn, Stella & Dot from Jennifer Cullen, Hand and Stone, Southern Oak Gift Co., Rodan + Fields from Georgi Murray, and more!


Artisan Stories

 and her family were living in Egypt and were living under religious persecution. Samir has been granted asylum and now lives in Raleigh. When Samir first came to work with Designed For Joy, she expressed that her experience with us had been the first time in a long time she had a choice- a choice where to work and a choice to talk about her faith. Your partnership helps us create a safe work environment for vulnerable women.


is a mom to a young boy. Her chronic illness left her feeling she had nothing to contribute to a typical work environment. Through Designed For Joy, Lauren has found a valued place in our business as a jewelry designer, and has grown confident that she has much to offer within a professional work setting. Through supporters like you, Lauren is able to transition away from government support such as the food stamp program.


Because You Desire Change

Friends like you allow us to provide living wage work hours that directly impact local women like Samir and Lauren as they lead their families by supplying food, diapers, and healthcare – things many of us are able to take for granted.You are playing a vital role in helping women rewrite their stories.



Amber Foster Smith Photography


Reserve Your Tickets 


I can’t make the event, but I’d like to make a donation.
Thank you! You can make a one time donation here on our Donate page.
*Please mark your gift with Anniversary in the notes.

Can I pay at the door?
We are limited to the number of attendees. Please purchase your tickets in advance if possible. If we are not sold out, you may certainly pay at the door.

Where can I park?
Parking available at Moore Square Parking Garage.
Free street parking also available.

What is the attire?
Dress for a party!

Do I need to bring my ticket?
No need to bring a ticket. We’ll have your name at check in.


Special Thanks

Cakes by Jennifer Dail

Cannon Room Raleigh



Event Photographer Amber Foster Smith Photography

Request our Media Kit for Corporate Sponsorship or donate a prize for the Silent Auction or Raffle by contacting Board Member Linda Wishart here.

*All donations will benefit artisan wages, workshop lunches, supplies, utilities, rent, and the ongoing mission of Designed For Joy. Thank you for understanding your ticket fee is considered a donation and cannot be refunded.

Designed For Joy is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Our Federal Tax ID number is 82-2093018.