3 Question Thursday – Amanda Haddaway

Today’s featured “star” is my dear friend, Amanda Haddaway. Not only does Amanda run the fabulous charity, Cocktails for a Cause, but she’s also a published author, human resources professional and a volunteer youth leader at Calvary United Methodist Church. She holds a very special spot in my heart – as she does to most people who know her. Let’s meet Amanda!


Tell me one charity that you are passionate about and why.

Cocktails for a Cause, of course!


Two years ago, I founded this organization with two friends who were equally passionate about giving back to your local community. The mission of Cocktails for a Cause is to assist the fundraising efforts of area non-profits by (1) promoting awareness of the organizations that serve women and children and (2) hosting social events to procure monetary and product contributions for the partnering organizations.

We believe that supporting local non-profit organizations through charitable giving enhances the overall quality of life for our entire community. We strive to provide quality marketing and fundraising assistance to our partnering non-profit organizations through fun, social events.

We have one event left in 2013 and are actively planning our 2014 schedule now. For more information, please visit our website at

If you could give a piece of advice to our next generation about how to succeed in life, what would that be?
Dream big and work hard. I actually wrote a book for new and soon-to-be college graduates and this sentiment (I hope!) is interspersed throughout the chapters. Destination Real World: Success after Graduation: 25 Tips You Didn’t Learn in Schoolhttp://amzn.com/1466316829

Where did you grow up?
Here! I moved away for about 10 years to attend college and work in Virginia, but I’m a true Fredneck.

And since her first question was really the bio to her business, I’m sharing one last question that Amanda answered:

What is your personal mission statement or mantra?
“Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it.” Mary Pickford.

Thanks for all you do, Amanda!

If you’re free next Thursday evening be sure to head to JoJo’s Restaurant and Tap House in Frederick. The whole Cocktails for a Cause team will be there from 5-8pm raising money for Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP). Tickets can be purchased through this link: http://cocktailsforacausemd.com/event-registration/


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