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The Giving Girls

  1. Fundraisers-for-Hire
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    Fundraisers-for-Hire

    Charity Angels, a Los Angeles company, is changing the way benefit events get staffed. Instead of relying on volunteers or event planners, nonprofits hire the Charity Angels crew.

    Pictured, founder Mellisa Nielsen (left) and ­Lindsey Palumbo ­encouraging ­donations at the ­Pencils for Kids ­fundraiser.

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  2. "Cause Ambassadors"
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    "Cause Ambassadors"

    “We’re cause ambassadors,” says Nielsen (right), with Palumbo at the Pencils for Kids charity golf tournament.

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  3. Angel Appeal
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    Angel Appeal

    Nielsen gets a kiss from a donor.

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  4. Golf Uniform
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    Golf Uniform

    The Angels make $300 to work 10 hours at a golf tournament (uniform: pink top, white skirt). Pictured, Palumbo and Nielsen.

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  5. Honorary Angel
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    Honorary Angel

    Nielsen bestows an “Honorary Charity Angels” pin.

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  6. Raffle Sales
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    Raffle Sales

    Palumbo, Nielsen, and donor Tom Campbell selling raffle tickets at the Peace 4 Animals Red Carpet Fundraiser.

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  7. Dressed for Success
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    Dressed for Success

    Charity Angels, in black cocktail dresses, mingle with guests.

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  8. Spin Wheel
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    Spin Wheel

    The Charity Angels Instant Spin Wheel works its magic.

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  9. Evening Gala
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    Evening Gala

    For a five-hour evening gala, the Angels make $150.

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