Monday, May 11, 2009

Fairy Tale Ending

I can't believe it's over. I feel a little like Cinderella after the clock struck midnight. Although something spectacular happened, it feels like a dream because today life is just the same as it ever was. Except, perhaps, for the 75 young ladies that waltzed away bejeweled, and with the perfect prom dress, shoes, and purse slung over their arms. I hope the excitement has bubbled over, been shared and relived with friends and family.

Every day this week, I'll share a story about the event. We have tons of photos thanks to our wonderful volunteer photographer Toni Jamieson who spent the entire day with us despite being days overdue with baby number two! It may take a couple of days before we can sort through all the photos....but I promise to post lots.

I've trying to wrap words around the stories and emotions of the day, without success. Then I realized that the best way to describe how wonderful it was is to share with you a sample of the emails I received today from volunteers:

Elaine, I was so proud to be a part of your event on Saturday. I have told everyone I know that next year they have to be involved. To see those girls transform brought tears to my eyes. It is people like you who make a difference in this world. It is appreciated. Bless you for your kindness. Happy Belated Mothers Day. Just contact me when you  need help again. Take care.

I just wanted to thank you once again for allowing me to participate in such a worthwhile event and to congratulate both you and your assistants on organizing and orchestrating such a successful outcome. I was truly honoured to be part of this very special day which made such a difference in the lives of so many young women.

We had sixty (yes, six-zero!) volunteers show up at eight in the morning, until six in the evening. And they emailed me to THANK ME for allowing them to give up their entire Saturday. What more can I say?

Kara and I want every volunteer to know how much they were appreciated and needed. And we want to give some special recognition to the Managers we assigned to each station because without them, we simply could not have pulled this off!!

Please take some time to check these talented people out.....

Jayne Millette of Mainstream Clothiers in Oakville may be a pixie in size but she is a Goliath in terms of fashion and organization!

Rhonda Cook, helped manage the personal shoppers, despite being in my 'bad books' for crippling me in her weight and muscle toning class earlier in the week. She is the BEST Zumba instructor ever, check out some of her videos.

Sandy Middleton, artist, photographer, jewelry designer extraordinaire helped manage our jewelry department, and you can visit her here.

Cathy Schroeder co-managed the jewelry department. And you have to visit her website to see how talented this woman is!!

Stephanie Hawke, owner of Cocoon in Grimsby managed our shoe department.

Bari Atkinson managed our Check-Out and donated coffee and tea. Yeah Bari!!

We also had lots of help and support from our families. Kara's sisters Julie and Lisa managed the Cafe and the Welcome desk, while her dad, Rapid Ray Charters provided transportation for some girls and their families. My dad also provided transportation and was our U Haul driver.

Tomorrow I'll give you the low-down of how the day was organized, and I promise to include some pictures:)

OOPS, I forgot to share that we invited the Mothers to shop too - seeing as it was the day before Mother's Day and all!! more about that later......

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