The Power of Women Helping Women

There’s Just Something About Women Helping Women

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend The Grace Centers of Hope 20th Anniversary Women Helping Women Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Royal Park Hotel.  The purpose for this wonderful event was to raise funds to allow the organization to continue its mission of transforming the lives of women who are addicted and hurting by providing life-saving services for them and their children.

WHW Event Pamphlet

The event’s signature sponsor remains anonymous. The Diamond sponsor for the event were the Moceri Family. Platinum sponsor was the Volkswagen Group of America. The Silver Sponsors were Mad Dog Technology, Emerson Wealth Management, Luxe, Bull Run Press, Emerald City Designs, Royal Oak Park Hotel. Bronze sponsors were Denise Warren and Cara Besh. Hair and Makeup was done by Luigi Bruni Salon.

Upon arriving at the event you couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the amount love and support for this organization chaired by Shannon Lazovski. Hundreds of auction items lined the lobby of the main ball room at the Royal Park Hotel. Gift baskets, golf passes, hot air balloon rides and more were available for attendees to bid on within the silent auction. So many amazing gifts had been donated to help the event raise funds for the remarkable women’s programs that Grace Centers of Hope provides aimed to help empower women and children at the Grace Center’s of Hope women’s center.

WHW Auction Items

Back by popular demand, morning personality on WXYZ TV-7, Ann Marie LaFlamme, served as this year’s mistress of ceremonies. A Rochester Hills native, LaFlamme is a tireless champion and advocate for women and children.  She gave a touching speech regarding the impact Grace Centers for Hope has on our community and the women and children it supports.  Pastor Kent W.Clark and Dr. Pam Clark then went on to share more about how their facilities were breaking women free from the obstacles and addictions they faced.

WHW Pastor and Dr. Clark

After listening to the two very powerful speeches, attendees were treated to a delicious lunch and dessert.  Then, this year’s fashion show event featuring clothing from Somerset Collection and two top designers from Michigan began showcasing the hottest spring fashion trends for women. Michigan designers included were Bonnie Foley, designer of Christiane LaRue, whose sophisticated couture clothing ranges from everyday casual wear to formal evening wear; Rachelle Willnus from Derby Hats by Rachelle and Katerina Bocci of Katerina Bocci Designs, an internationally awarded and recognized designer who showcased a luxury bridal collection for the show’s finale. 

Also at the event, along with runway models who strutted the spring couture, were women who are currently in the program and reside at Grace Centers of Hope.  They were given makeovers for the first time in their lives and modeled in the show. They walked the runway and symbolically unveiled “their new lives” during this special heartwarming, motivational and inspirational luncheon that is all about second chances.

Overall, I feel the afternoon was extraordinary.  It left my heart feeling full from the love and support this organization receives from the community.  The Grace Center of Hope has been giving hope to the helpless since 1942.  Grace Centers of Hope is considered one of the leading faith-based organizations in Southeastern Michigan, daily confronting issues of homelessness, addiction, poverty, abuse and spiritual emptiness. On any given night, Grace Centers of Hope provides transitional and emergency shelter to 150-200 men, women and children, in addition to serving more than 100,000 meals each year. Grace’s $8.4 million yearly budget is maintained solely through corporate and private donors, exclusive of any government assistance.  If you are looking for ways to give back please take a moment to check out the options Grace Center of Hope has available. 

 

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Meghan Ritchie

Meghan is a busy mom of two children, Holden 6 and Nora 4. She is the Program Coordinator, a Personal Trainer and Conditioning Coach at Starting Line Health and Fitness. Health and fitness has always been a very important part of her life, and, in the past, to a fault. After struggling with her own health and fitness goals she learned quickly that life is all about balance. Nothing more drove that point home more than her children. She soon learned that it was possible to take care of her growing family and herself. When she took care of herself, she found herself taking better care of her family. She wants to share her success of raising a family and staying in great shape with those around her. She strives to show families how important it is for parents to be interested in their own wellness. Because through their interest in health and fitness their children can see first hand the importance of fueling and using their bodies in the right way! Meghan wishes to teach, help and coach people to achieve their fitness goals and improve their lifestyle by finding balance.

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