3rd Annual 4G Event// Jacksonville Girls Charity

Hello there Gorgeous people. If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, then you KNOW that one of the most important things to me is giving back to the community! The 4G Event allows me to do just that… but also gives me the added benefit of doing something that I love.

This year was No Acception!!! As the girls walked in they are checked into an amazing day of Fabulousness. They were greeted with a bag full of goodies consisting of all kinds of things any girl would love which included donations from Thirty One via Catheleen Halfmann and sweet treats from Ashley Price of Kraft Foods! And then they were off, and into the styling chair they went. The girls got their hair and make up done by friends of mine in the industry who just happen to be the so VERY talented students of Paul Mitchell. They were also treated to getting their nails glammed up. Lastly, they received their own photoshoot where they could show off their own personal flare! The girls and I chatted it up about upcoming surgeries and their fears or concerns that they may have and we also discussed personal issues that each girl is currently facing. It was my goal today to instill into these girls that they are NOT alone and we now have our own little unique support system, where we can come to one another for support and guidence. To know that someone has walked in your same shoes is sooo comforting. To be Honest, to see some of the “first timers” faces as they walked into the event, having no clue what to expect, they come in looking timid and shy. (and to me bc I know this feeling VERY well.. A little defeated) But as the event continues on, you see these shy girls start to crack a smile and by the end of the event are talking, laughing and walking around like they own the place! THIS IS WHY I DO WHAT I DO. It just took ONE smile, three years ago at my very first event, to make me realize that just seeing that one smile was worth it all!!!!!

This year we received the most sponsorships that we have had in the two previous years combined. I am BLOWN away still! Somebody pinch ME… hahaha! The reason I am so amazed at this is because it tells me that all of you have the same compassion as I do and can truly see a need of support to host this event  =)

The girls and all volunteers were treated to smoothies donated by Ronnie Penna of the Tropical Smoothie in San Marco. And enjoyed yummy pretzels donated by Sue Fuller of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, and Iced Coffee and Passion Fruit Tea was also complimentary of Tiffany Morgan of Starbucks that was delivered via my little bro Michael Lee. Not to mention the many, many contributions made by a lot of my family and friends.

A Huge Thank You to My Photgrapher friends Gwen Jimenez of GwenBriannePhotography, Stephanie Broom, Natalie Cross and Denise Tiencken. I would also like to extend my deepest Thank You to all the Students, Instructors and to Natalie  Carson at Paul Mitchell School.

Lastly, thank you, thank you to Nikki Anson and Magan Shaffer for all your hard work to help me put all this together. You guys ROCK!!!

OK! OK! OK! I know this is what you’ve been waiting for… here’s some of the pictures. Go Check Them Out!!! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

 

As you can tell from the pictures, this years event was AMAZING!!!!! I cant believe how much this event has grown since our first year and I cant wait to see how it grows in the years to come! AGAIN, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out and supported our event. I am forever Grateful. AND to all of you lovely ladies who participated in this event, I will leave you with this….

 

XOXO, Mandi

A Very Unexpected Reward // DAR Community Service

In these past few weeks I went to a DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution meeting/ luncheon. I went, for what I thought was, to support my grandmother who is the Regent of the Puc Puggy Chapter NSDAR. I, however, was recognized for receiving FIRST Place for Excellence in Community Service by the Community Service Awards Committee. I am so grateful to have even been considered for this award. My Mema emailed me a letter to let me see what the prerequisites consisted of to even be considered for this award and all I could think to myself was… I dont think i’ve done near enough yet to recieve this! Here’s what she sent me:

“The purpose of the Community Service Award is to recognize worthy local people from a variety of walks of life for outstanding achievements in educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical or citizenship endeavors.  The recipient is expected to have contributed to his or her community in an outstanding voluntary heroic,  civic or benevolent manner, or participated in or organized community activities.  This award is not to be presented to members of NSDAR for their DAR-related activities. The recipient must not have received any salary or remuneration for this service.  The award may not be awarded to a recipient more than one time and may not be initiated or approved posthumously.  Awards that have been approved may be presented posthumously. There will be a limit of two (2) awards per chapter per NSDAR year.  This achievement should have taken place in the past five (5) years.”

HERE’S ME AND MY MEMA

And here’s a group shot!!!

I had no idea that my info was even being submitted… and to win 1st place? WOW!!! I just wanted to take the time to thank all of you who took the time to write letters of recommendations and would like to personally thank each and every member of the Puc Puggy Chapter for so graciously recommending me for this award! I am very humbled to say this award was given for my efforts to help mentor young women with my 4G Event through the Just For Grins Foundation. So excited, this years event is THIS WEEKEND!!!

As I understand it, I will now be placed in the running to receive a Presidential Award and can not even begin to tell you how honored I am! Thank you all again for all the love and support you continue to show me on this journey… cant wait to see what God has in store next!!!

XOXO, Mandi