Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Women of Hope 2011, Fundraiser & Fashion Show. Chez Shari, Manteca, Ca.

In October I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the 2nd Annual "Women of Hope" event, which was put together by Mary Kay Independent Future National Sales Director, Sandra Munguia, and her fabulous unit of Independent Sales Directors and Beauty Consultants. 

The evening of hope included success stories, encouragement and beauty, celebrating the lives of cancer survivors and their family and friends. Special guest speaker and breast cancer survivor, Kaiser's Robin Mesa, NP/MSN spoke on women's health and wellness and there was a wonderful fashion show courtesy of Dress Barn.

I spent time getting to know the cancer survivors, listening to their heartfelt stories of their courageous battle and how their spirit remains strong and resilient. I photographed each of these wonderful women and their pictures will be added to the "Wall of Hope," showcasing the women who have battled this aggressive disease. 

All proceeds from the event went to The Mary Kay Foundation. Below is the foundation's mission:  
" -It is committed to eliminating cancers affecting women by supporting top 
         medical scientists who are searching for a cure for breast, uterine, cervical 
         and ovarian cancers. 
        -It is committed to ending the epidemic of domestic violence by providing grants 
        to women's shelters and supporting community outreach programs. "

One of the many tables with plenty of raffle prizes to win.
These lovely beauty consultants were in charge of the ticket sales for the raffle.  Love their enthusiasm for the cause!
There was a large table full of incredible desserts and sweets, I of course had to sample a few treats :)
Behind the scenes: The ladies getting their hair and makeup done for the fashion show, love those strappy shoes!
Independent Mary Kay Sales Director Laura Perez on the left, hostess for the Women of Hope Event and on the right, her sister, the amazing Independent Future National Sales Director Sandra Munguia!  She truly is a fabulous leader, this event was her creation in 2010.
This was my 2nd year hearing Robin Mesa, NP/MSN, speak on early detection and women's health and her personal battle with breast cancer.  She truly is a woman of hope.
Sandra gave a very thoughtful gift to each person who donated their time for this event, Robin for guest speaking, the coordinator of the fashion show, hair stylist for the fashion show and myself.  It was an honor to be recognized with such a great team of people!
These wonderful women will be added to the "Wall of Hope," they are the face of surviving cancers that affect women.  It was amazing to be a part of this event and to be in their space, such courage and strength these women have.

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