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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gala-vanting

Sure, most of the time this blog is about all the cool things the babies get to do--their firsts, their adventures, and their celebrations.

But this post is not about one of those times.

This post is about a mommy first, a mommy/daddy adventure, and a celebration for a worthy cause.

This weekend, Marty and I enjoyed a much-needed night away. In addition to a little pampering at the spa and some mommy-daddy alone time, we were also able to support an important cause--Little Pink Houses of Hope--by attending its first gala event.

I do believe that this was also my first real gala.(Doesn't the word gala just sound fun and indulgent??)

As many of you know, in the summer of 2009, my friend Jeanine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 39. While undergoing treatment, she started a wonderful organization called Little Pink Houses of Hope to provide week-long beach retreats to breast cancer patients and their families. These retreats are funded solely through donations and are staffed completely by volunteers. This summer, just two short years after Jeanine's diagnosis, Little Pink Houses of Hope offered seven retreat weeks serving 50 families from 30 states and Canada.

Saturday night's gala was a celebration of the families, of the mission of the organization, and of the possibilities that lie ahead. It was a fun evening that raised awareness and funds for a great cause.

We enjoyed getting dressed up and cheering on the dancers who did such a good job entertaining the crowd with their dances. The whole production was top-notch, from the beautiful Diamond Room, to the music, the open bar, the swag bags, and raffle prizes.


I don't think there was a dry eye in the house when they showed this video, which really sums up Little Pink:


But, there was lots of laughter and good times, too.


Oh, and last but not least, Marty is still talking about getting his picture made with Miss NC!


In honor of Little Pink Houses of Hope, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and my commitment to support this cause, I am placing a Little Pink Houses of Hope button permanently on my page. Please share with other women who are facing breast cancer and could use an opportunity to get away and reconnect with their families--away from the daily challenges cancer brings.
Little Pink Houses of Hope


5 comments:

Beth said...

What a hot couple!! You guys look great!

and I've still never been to a gala. Yes, you're right. It does sound fun and indulgent.

Glad you guys supported a good cause while enjoying an adult night out.

jen said...

What a great thing to do, your friend is incredibly lucky to have you by her side helping her through her struggle with cancer. And what the group did for all of those women and their families is just spectacular, really it is!
And by the way, that dress is something else! wow...

Cheryl Lage said...

You look more beautiful than Miss NC! ;)
(And what a wonderful friend you are!)

As a wife of a man now 20+ months cancer-free I acan say with great certainty you have NO idea how grateful she is for your support. :)

Peace!

Tasha said...

What a great night for Little Pink Houses!!!! Sounds like y'all had a good time too! It is always fun to dress up and GET OUT without the oh so sweet TWINS!!!!

Johanna said...

You looked AMAZING!!!

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