Wednesday, December 23, 2009
with Kelsey MacDonald at the Salvation Army Toy Shop 12/23/2009. We are joined by Bob and Paul! Kelsey and I volunteered at the Radisson at the Expo Center in Manchester where we were paired up with parents who needed help getting presents for their children. The parents were able to pick 3 toys for each child they also got to pick out stocking stuffers, socks, hats and gloves, underwear, tooth brushes, and at the end they got a gift card from Hannafords to buy their family a meal for Christmas. It was a very rewarding day! Kelsey and I had a lot of fun.
Donating a $300.00 check with Kelsey MacDonald! The donation will be matched by the Madelaine G. Von Weber Trust. The NH Food Bank was challenged to raise $100,000 and the Trust would match it. Kelsey and I held Great American Bake Sales over the summer and raised $600 which we donated half to Share Our Strength and the other half to the NH Food Bank!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 6:30pm
Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 12:00am
The Harborside Hyatt Hotel, 101 Harborside Drive, Boston
The night will be filled with incredible fashion, great music, gift bags, HYPNOTIQ® drinks, and will also include special guest appearances by Miss Massachusetts 2009 Miss Alison Cronin, Miss Lakes Region 2008 Ms. Alicia ROSSMAN, Miss Boston 2009 –Ms. Carly Marciano and will feature Tarot Card readings by Ms. Angela Gallant. There will be special guest performances by The Jamie Lynn Hart Band and the Pulse of Boston and with over 25 local and national well-recognized sponsors, this show will be yet another incredible Boston Fashion event produced by Reggie B. Production team for another great cause.
Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society Strides Against Breast Cancer. Advance tickets price $22.00. Tickets available at the door are $27.00. To order tickets online go to www.reggiebproductions.com
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
- Register your Shaw's Rewards Card for the program at www.shaws.com/neighborhoodrewards. Enter the NH Food Bank's ID number, which is 49001018472.
- Shop on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, and 1% of your purchases will automatically be donated to the NH Food Bank. Shaw's will mail us a check every 3 months for all proceeds.
- Re-register your card every year to continue supporting the Food Bank through your Shaw's shopping trips.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
CROP Walk event sets record
With a banner held high, Martha Clark set out Sunday down Pine Street in Exeter, on a sunny afternoon leading a procession of 225 charity walkers on the first leg of the 27th annual Exeter Area Interfaith CROP Hunger Walk.
"We're trying to make this more of a parade this year," said Clark, whose placard identified the leaders of the group as the Pilgrim United Church of Christ of Brentwood.
With 13 churches and other organizations walking for the Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty event, the buzzword for the day was "interfaith."
"There are so many things the churches can do together," said Allan Lurvey, minister for pastoral counseling at Stratham Community Church.
Four years ago the church in Stratham, which had held its own CROP Walk every year, merged with the other local organizations under the leadership of Andrea Renz.
"Andrea is definitely our driving force here," said Lurvey.
"The walk was having trouble about five years ago, and we didn't know if was going to make it," explained Renz.
In years past, the walk had been based out of Phillips Exeter Academy, but with it being such a big event to plan, the school couldn't keep up on it. That's where the churches came in.
"All of the churches and nonprofits came together, and worked to make this happen," said Renz. "It is really great, the brotherhood and camaraderie that happen here. It's the way it is supposed to be."
The event raises money through walkers being sponsored by local businesses or residents. In addition, this year, according to Renz, there were more online donations than ever before.
Last year the event brought in about $17,000. This year, preliminary numbers indicate that the event may have raised more than $20,000 as money continues to trickle in through donations and as walkers turn in their envelopes.
"That would be the highest CROP Walk we've ever had," said Renz. "Everyone was just so generous."
The walk took fund-raisers through either a one-mile loop around the block or a four-mile loop starting at Christ Church on Pine Street and zigzagging to the end of Swasey Park, down Water Street and back down Court Street.
"The people here are just wonderful. There is so much awareness of the needs of the community," said Melody Fellows, whose husband, Robert, recently took over as pastor at the Greenland Community Congregational Church. "It's wonderful to see the consciousness, and it's nice to do something interdenominational."
Not everyone at the event was from a church. Students from Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter High School and the University of New Hampshire were all on-hand volunteering time to register walkers and take the walk themselves.
Eighteen-year-old David Harman was helping to sign people up for the walk. An Exeter native, Harman said he was looking to fill some community service hours for school and, after some research, found the CROP Walk.
"I thought it was a great cause, and it's right here in Exeter," he said.
Harman said he was helping with the walk because some of the proceeds go to local food pantries.
Twenty-five percent of the total proceeds from the day will go to local food pantries, while the rest of the money will go to Church World Services, an international organization dedicated to fighting world poverty and hunger, and providing international relief funds.
With music, a big tent, ice cream and the constant snap of photographs, the event seemed more like a festival than a charity walk, but when Rich Coleman, a member of the CROP Walk Committee took the microphone, he focused walkers on their cause.
"We have a worthy cause here," he said, citing the fact that 10 million people die of hunger every year around the world. "That is an unfair situation, but we are here to do something to help."
And after an opening prayer by Father Marc Montminy of St. Michael Parish, walkers took to the line and set out to fight hunger with fund-raising and footsteps.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I went on a fishing trip with my dad and some of his friends this weekend. My dad has been going to Pulaski NY to fish for Salmon for 20 years now. He always brings home pictures and stories I remember the pictures from when I was a kid. This year I didn't have school and I was invited! I thought I would be the only girl because he goes with his two friends and one brings his son and the other brings his nephew. Lucky for me....Matt (the nephew) brought his girlfriend! We had an interesting 7 hour road trip with Brian and Matt. Brian is a Broker for my dad so they are work buddies and Matt goes to Rodger Williams. So as we were driving through New York we saw a horse and buggy.....no joke on the highway! We saw a cranberry bog and farmers harvesting the cranberries. We saw an amish family selling baked goods on the side of the road. We saw a lot of things! One thing I did realize as we were driving is to try not to complain about my life because no matter what, someone else will always have it worse. Driving through NY really made me think. Some people are living in caving houses, houses with out windows, houses that are falling apart, houses that need a lot of work etc. It was very sad.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
With Carry and David of Regalia after purchasing the sexiest interview get up of all time and the classiest gown I've ever put on. They spent a lot of time with me and are two men who have great advice and won't force you into a gown that isn't you. I liked that about them. They also were fun to talk to in general. We were lucky to have them at the NE States Conference they are really in the business because they love it and are happy with what they do!
With Designer Trisha Tidd from Togatae Designs check her out on facebook: Togatae Designs
With my make up artist Kriss! I was her face model at her class at the conference! It was so much fun and such an honor to be her model. Here is some info from her Facebook Site:
Saturday, September 19, 2009
With Bill Haggerty one of the best producers in the Miss America Program! Bill has an amazing sense of humor and worked in the education system for many years. The teacher side of him comes out all the time and we all love him very much. He worked very hard with the NE committee to put the event on. Thanks for helping put the show together Bill, it truly was a meaningful weekend for many young women and adults. We will win Miss America some day for you, I promise!
With Bebe Shopp, Miss America 1948. She is the very first Miss America I ever met! I graduated high school with her grandson and he was able to set up a time for us to meet my Freshman year of college, 4 years ago! I met her at Panera Bread in Portsmouth for lunch and tea. She is full of life experience, knowledge, and is still stunning. 4 years ago she gave me a picture of her with 5 tips on the back (sorry I can't give her secrets away) I have carried this picture in my jewlery box to every local and state competition I have been in for 4 years. I told her that this weekend at the conference and she said.....oh dear you shouldn't bring it with you to your next one. I am taking her advice! I will read it before I leave my house for Miss Rockingham County and keep it home. Thank you for all your support Bebe.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Kelsey and I have had a lot of bake sales this summer. We made a lot of chocolate chip cookies, cup cakes, banana bread, and so much more! We want to thank everyone who made our bake sales possible because we had a team of over 20 bakers who baked a difference for the entire summer. It was a community effort to come together and raise money for SOS AND the NH Food Bank in a huge time of need. We partnered with 4 local businesses Sweet Dreams Bakery, Saint Anthony's Bakery, Shaws, and Sams Club. With out the support of local businesses we wouldn't have been as successful as we were. It was helpful for the bakeries to donate treats for us to sell and it was helpful for the corporations to donate gift cards so we could buy baking items! It really was a team effort and we all raised over $600 together to help feed people in our state and across America. We went 50/50 and donated half to SOS and half to the NH Food Bank. It was a successful summer and we all had fun.
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