This spring, after a great experience being a part of the Freelancers Union subway ad campaign, I was really looking forward to getting more involved. Here I am six months later with an exciting invitation to get you involved! Five Reasons to Join the Party The Beevolution Auction & Networking Party is a community celebration and fundraiser just for freelancers (and their friends) on September 22. I recommend you snatch up a ticket for yourself now. This event is going to be amazing because: 1. We’re showcasing our incredible, talented community 2. We’ll get a shot at great deals on usually expensive items and services 3. Many auction items have a starting bid of only $20 4. Networking, networking, and more networking 5. Party! We’ve got drinks, food, and music on deck for our evening at the very lovely Housing Works Bookstore Café. How We Plotted the Beevolution I joined a group of members to come up with a fundraiser for the fall. After numerous ideas were bounced around, we finally decided to do a Silent Auction, and it has been really nice collaborating and getting to know the other members of the committee. As I said to Chris (our staff person in the group) after one of my favorite meetings, I felt such synergy in the room. But even beyond our group, it has been wonderful to see the overwhelming support of freelancers who donated services and items to Beevolution. (I was happy to donate a necklace and a skincare package to the event, too, and friends from my network showed their support with donations, too.) *The Auction Block * One of the great opportunities at this even is to get an amazing deal on items and services from freelancers for freelancers. A new business can get off the ground by bidding on items a la carte, like headshots, logo design, or a virtual office. The auction packages we created are a great value, too. You can get a package to boost your business, a wellness package with yoga and massage, or a fitness package with personal trainers business packages all at a fraction of their usual cost. I already have my eyes on the fitness packages and the publicity consultation. May the bidding begin! You can reserve your ticket ahead of the event by purchasing online. Gabriela Lee is a Freelancers Union member and the talent behind Style with Glee, a wardrobe styling and makeup artistry company based in New York City.