Circle de Luz Holiday Giving Party

Circle de Luz, a local nonprofit that has been around for eight years, is one of the resident nonprofits out of Hygge. It focuses on empowering young Latinas by offering programming, mentoring and scholarship funds.


Program Manager Karina Vogel says she often gets asked what empowering entails.

“Empowering is such a broad and really powerful word,” she says. “We take them under our wings from 7th grade and walk with them for six years.”

Circle de Luz offers more than 60 programs each year that are centered around things like building life skills, personal growth and academic support.

Circle de Luz supports the girls by helping make sure they finish high school, enroll in a post-secondary education and exposing them to things they normally wouldn’t see.

Circle de Luz

Circle de Luz“We want them to be resilient and confident,” Karina says. “With dedication and hard work, they can accomplish anything.”

The nonprofit’s operations are funded through grants, corporate sponsorships, fundraising, etc. 

This Thursday, Circle de Luz is hosting its annual Holiday Giving party at 6 p.m. to fundraise.

It will be held at the University Events Center at Johnson & Wales University. The party will be holiday pop-up shop where all items are discounted up to 50 percent off of their original retail prices. 

Ooo that sounds like so much fun! How much are tickets?

Good news! It’s free and open to the public and includes yummy appetizers and wine. There will be a wide range of gifts with a silent bid auction for the higher-end items.

Some of the items include:

  • Karina dresses and other designer clothing
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Handmade designer jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Health and wellness certificates (massages, acupuncture, gym membership)
  • Cooking lesson certificate
  • High-end auction items (beach and mountain house weekend getaways, Hornets merchandise, etc.)

I know it’s barely even November, but you can get a head start on all your holiday shopping now.

“The best part is while you’re having fun you’re supporting a great organization at the same time,” Karina says.

Come support a local nonprofit so they can continue to do great things here in the community.

For more information, reference the event flier and parking details below.


Directions and parking: Coming down Trade Street from Uptown Charlotte, turn left onto Cedar Street at the intersection of Trade and Cedar Street. The parking garage entrance will immediately be on your right. Take the elevator to the first floor and exit left. You will be facing the campus green (the DoubleTree Hotel will be on your left).  Head right towards the Academic Center breezeway and the Main Entrance will be on your left. Please bring your parking ticket and we will validate it for you.

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