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December 25, 2012
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BAM makes a big impact

The BAM Project, a nationwide organization for Christian Business women has a chapter (Tapestry) in Nevada County that will celebrate its one year “Bam-iversary” on Jan. 10 at Christopher’s Catering in downtown Grass Valley.

The Nevada County group (BAMMERS) have set some serious standards of community support and are pledging to surpass them in 2013.

In a month of everyone being too busy to do more, the local ladies had the highest attendance with 37 pre-registered for their Decemeber event and also had record giving night — supporting nonprofit Safe Families with $241 raised.

The guest speaker was Melisa Mistler-Yates. She and the other beauty queens sponsored by M3 Mall, crowned each lady in attendance, knowing that all of the ladies are “daughters of the most-high-King” therefore all are princesses.

At a time when suicide and obesity are at their highest, the message was, treat your bodies well and live knowing you were created for greatness, according to the Christian Business women’s group.

Beauty queens Korrina Boots, Mrs. Gold Country Ambassador; Camille Calhoon, Mrs. Greater Sacramento; Ariana Calhoon, Junior Miss Northern California; and Mistler-Yates, Mrs. Northern California all attended.

Just two days later, the BAMMERS, who serve each other in cross-marketing, collaborating and providing referrals for each others businesses and services, were out in the community again, ringing those “silver bells” for Salvation Army.

A challenge went out to the Facebook community to stop by SPD during their volunteer shift, although the snow started, the ladies stayed and raised $2,258.

A few days later, a call was received that two families in a transitional home were just admitted and hadn’t been on a “gift list.”

Within 48 hours, the BAMMERS provided gifts for every member of the two families and generously gave.

More than $1,000 worth of items were provided, putting the year-to-date giving for The BAM Project — A Nevada County Tapestry at more than $6,000.

After hearing of the giving that took place in Nevada County, the two founders of the nationwide BAM Project reached out to the local chapter.

“Oh, my gosh,” said Barb Atkinson Wilber. “You ladies are the definition of BAM. Your testimony has brought me to tears tonight. Thank you for your Christ-likeness. You encourage my heart.”

Mistler, who serves as the Nevada County chapter director, stated: “This was the most I have ever seen the ‘true meaning of Christmas.’

Visit to see a list of local nonprofits that have been served in 2012 by the BAM Project. For more information about the local chappter, email for more information.

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