To all of the wonderful influential women who came up to join us for our recent dinner. Together we made a terrific impact of the women and children who benefit from Sistercare.

Grab That Special Woman Who Has Helped Make You Who You Are Today And Join Us


Let's face it...

When women unite and work together amazing things happen. With age comes the understanding that women together can accomplish great things and lift each other up rather than hold each other back.

Chances are you have a Woman of Influence in your life.

A woman who has taken you by the hand, shared her expertise, shared her support with you  and helped you become the strong and successful woman you are today.

We believe that the world is a better place because of the unity of strong influential women and we want to honor the women in our lives who have contributed to our success and happiness in life.

We invite you and your women of influence to join us.


... an evening at the Capital City Club, the most unique view in all of downtown Columbia, looking out over the Vista as you sip a cocktail and enjoy time with a woman who has been an influencer in your life.  Dressed up a bit, but still comfortable as you mingle with and meet other women and hear their stories as live music plays in the background. You browse through the really cool silent auction items and bid on a few things, helping the women and children of Sistercare.

Dinner is served up in that special Capital City Club fashion and the wine is poured.   Imagine how special the woman you chose to honor will feel as she enjoys the delicious food and hob-knobs with others like her.


Tammy Ferris, Founder & CFO Way Beyond Ordinary

There have been several women who have influenced me in my life like my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Porter – I loved her and wanted to be like her.  My friend in college, Kelly -she was smart and sassy. Kathy Love who started the business I now own.  My current business partner, Sheri – she taught me to believe in myself and take chances. Of course, my mom – who has passed away.

There have been many, too many to write about.

Then there is my Aunt Lyn. She has been through some unimaginable pain in her life- she lost her child, my cousin Amelia when she was 6 years old to a brain cancer.  She has raised her son alone and he is an amazing human being.  She teaches French and her home is a testament to how much she impacts the lives of her students.  She is elegant, beautiful, fun and determined.  I like that about her.  I love her because she is my family – but I am grateful and honored to have her as my friend and role model.  She has influenced me greatly in my life.  Je te célèbre lyn, et je t'aime pour être dans ma vie.

Sheri Bennefeld, Founder & President Way Beyond Ordinary

It's nearly impossible to name just one Woman of Influence in my life but there are a few who stand out for very specific reasons. There is Mrs. Flagg, my 5th grade teacher, she helped to uncover my creativity, and taught me to macrame. I would get lost in huge macrame projects for hours - days.

Paula Catterall is a former boss. She made it a part of her leadership responsibility to develop young leaders. Spending countless hours guiding and teaching us to become effective managers. She also recognized in me my ability to train and develop others and set me on that career path.

Marla Coffin, who believed in me and gave me an opportunity to challenge myself in directions I had never imagined I would. She is class, she is fun and laughter, she is adventure, she is dedication and hard work, she is a mentor and friend.

And of course, my mother, from whom I gained my love of cooking, home, animals, and compassion.


Mary King

Mary King is an award-winning journalist who co-anchors WIS Sunrise weekdays. Mary has been reporting for WIS-TV since moving to Columbia in 2011.

In 2016, she received an Emmy Award alongside the WIS Sunrise team for Best Morning Newscast. Mary was also nominated for an Emmy for her live field coverage of the historic floods in October of 2015.

Before coming to Columbia, Mary was the morning anchor and a reporter for WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland. She received an Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting in that region during her time at WHAG. Prior to that, Mary spent time at the FOX News Network and in New York City.

Mary loves being involved in the Midlands community and is active on the board of several area non-profits. She also enjoys highlighting the unsung heroes of the Midlands through her Community Builder stories on WIS in partnership with Mungo Homes.

In 2016, Mary was honored with the Palmetto Center for Women’s Inspiring Young Woman Award. She was also recognized with the Award of Merit for the South Carolina Broadcaster’s Association Television Personality of the Year in 2015. Mary has been nominated for the Free Times and Columbia Metropolitan Magazine Best of Columbia Top Television Anchor award and for the Children’s Miracle Network National Television Person Award.


A portion of each ticket purchase will go to support the important work of Sister Care.  Sister Care helps women who are victims of domestic violence by getting them to a safe place and working with them to help plan a life free from fear.  Part of the price of your ticket goes to sustain this organization and we will also facilitate a silent auction with the opportunity to bid on many cool things.  All proceeds from the auction go to Sister Care.

This is your opportunity to be a Woman Of Influence to a woman truly in need.

We encourage you to bring an item from the Sister Care Wishlist to donate to the survivors in Sister Care shelters. Check out the list of needed items here - Sister Care Wishlist

So, join us Thursday night, February 16th at the fabulous Capital City Club where you can enjoy the most unique view Downtown has to offer.  Enjoy:

  • A delicious dinner
  • Live music
  • Inspiring speakers
  • Silent auction with fabulous offerings
  • Wine and great conversation.

It’s a Women of Influence night out!


Thursday, February 16
Capital City Club, 1201 Main Street, 25th floor
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Tickets: $125.00 per (a portion going to support Sistercare)

Dress: Country Club Cocktail Hour (doll it up a bit, doll! Comfortable, but with a touch of elegance)

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