Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Today I modeled in a fashion show at SupperClub in Hollywood. I was so excited to wear an original design from the Jacqueline Alejandra collection. Jacqueline is so talented and I love her work. The show was full of boutique vendors as well as live painters. I can not believe the talent that was at this venue. The show was a huge success and I am honored to have been a part of it!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
When I was in foster care, I was blessed to have had the opportunity to attend a one week summer camp designed for "high risk" children such as myself who were a part of the system. Those two summers that I attended had an enormous impact on my life I still remember them like they were
yesterday. I have always told my Forever Family that one day I would give back to this camp that had given so much to me. As time went on, and my life became busier, I still found myself wishing that I could find time to help out in some way. Finally, I received a letter from a wonderful lady named Sandy Shelton, who said she was a part of Royal Family Kids Camp in Temecula. She was inquiring if I would like to be involved with their program. I immediately jumped on the offer and between Sandy, Natalie Kinsley (RFKT's Director) and myself we came up with a way to make this happen. I was honored to be asked to be a speaker at their training meeting. They wanted me to share my experience and memories of the camp and what impact it had on me. I also remembered leaving camp as a child with my accumulated camp "stuff" in trash bags, so I decided to donate a pallet full of luggage to their organization for each of the campers...just another way that Luggage of Love can break the cycle of trash bags! Finally... Sandy Shelton, Natalie Kinsley, and the whole "Royal Family" I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that you all are so very valuable in these children's lives. Though they may not show it, you have impacted them in one way or another. And for that you all are angels! Thank you for allowing me to come help you. You have truly helped me in more ways than you will ever know. I look forward to being a part of this program for a very long time!
I was so excited to stop by one of the California International Pageant Workshop that was being held in Temecula with past weekend and speak to the attendees about my experience of being Miss Teen California International 2010. I also shared with them a little bit about my story of being a former foster youth and how I founded Luggage of Love based on my personal life experiences. It was so nice to see, Britney Wagner, Miss California International 2011 and hear her experience so far and the opportunities she has been blessed with since being crowned. Eddie Peterson, the pageant's executive director, along with Dennis Cook, the pageant's executive producer, gave incite and valuable information on the do's and don'ts of being a contestant as well as what to expect the weekend of the pageant. The workshop was an overall success and I am happy to have been a part of it!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Ice cream + amazing people + great cars = one great time!! I headed out to Ventura Fosters Freeze Cruise Night this past Friday and we had a blast. It was so nice to talk with all of the car owners about my upcoming car show as well as Luggage of Love. I was so surprised when the owner of Ventura Foster Freeze handed me a check for my car show and asked to be a sponsor. This is definitely another cruise night I will find myself at next year.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Another great weekend for a car show, and what better place to attend than beautiful Santa Barbara. Today my friend Meghan and I took a short trip up the coast to pass out flyer's for my 2nd Annual Car & Bike Show that benefits Luggage of Love. So many cars were on display, and with the weather being so nice the attendance was unbelievable. I was able to visit with so many people about Luggage of Love and why it means so much to me. Thanks Meghan for helping out today, you are a great friend!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
This afternoon I met with Jerry and Loretta Scott at the Las Posas Country Club. We spent time talking about Jerry's company, Canteen Vending, and the opportunity of teaming up with Luggage of Love on a National level. Canteen is the world’s largest vending company serving over five million customers every day through 18,500 client sites. We discussed ways that each state could contribute and keep the funds they raised for Luggage of Love within that state. I am very excited of what the future holds for this relationship, Jerry and Loretta are two extraordinary people and it truly warms my heart that they were so interested in my organization. Thank you both for taking the time to spend an afternoon with me.