Praying for Nina Benefit Weekend

I’ve been busy planning the fundraising event in Santa Barbara for wonderful Nina.  If you’ve missed previous posts about this event, you should visit the event website.  We’re getting awesome sponsors for the event and I really believe this is going to be a fantastic event!  Now that we have the word out about this great cause, we’re in the decoration planning stages.  The benefit dinner is a black tie event at Glen Annie Golf Club and some ideas I have for the tables are:

  • SpongeBob table names (Nina loves SpongeBob)
  • Strawberry colored linens since it’s a mixture of pink and red (Nina’s current favorite color is red and previous color included pink).  Looking forward to seeing what La Tavola can offer.
  • Would love to have local florists or crafty people make the centerpieces that we can auction off.  We just need to find some florists to donate the flowers.  I’ve made contact with Big Secret Website to do engraving of some vases to be used for the centerpieces.  I’ve asked them to quote me on engraving “Praying for Nina” with a picture of Nina on the vase.
  • Going to contact Ventura Jazz Orchestra to see if they’d be available to entertain everyone at the dinner with their musical talents.  I had the pleasure of meeting one of the singers a couple of weeks ago.
  • Need to find a local framer who will frame Nina’s artwork to be auctioned off during the live auction.

I’d like to take some time to thank the Auction Sponsors:

Sandi Holder’s Doll Attic
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Zen Spa
Daniele Rose Photography
Whitney Hartmann Photography
Segway of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Janice Seibert
Urban Optics Optometric Center
Holly Richard
Emily Hart-Roberts Photography
Jennifer Kennedy
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Delish Organic
McVeigh Massage

A special thank you to the following sponsors as well:

Diamond Level Sponsors
Austin and Dara Photogaphy

Platinum Level Sponsors
SB Parent

Gold Level Sponsors
Mission Tuxedos
Glen Annie Golf Club
Cordon Wine

Silver Level Sponsors
Peter Duffy, Jr. of Photon Concepts
Ruben Reye of Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services
Barry Sweet Auctioneers

This fundraising event is open to the general public.  To purchase tickets to the event, please visit the event website.

More to come…


February 11, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Charity. Leave a comment.

Amazing People

First, I wanted to share a video with you all that I hope will put a smile on your face.  Unfortunately, I have no idea how to rotate the video!

I think my daughter is pretty awesome.  🙂

So in this business I meet a lot of amazing people.  I have met great entrepreneurs who are inspiring such as Kate Dunbar of Petite Reve Chocolates.  She started with a business idea and is preparing to open a storefront (Petite Reve Cafe) in Ventura!  Amazing!  I congratulate her on her accomplishments and I appreciate her support of my business as well.

Not only are my vendors fantastic but my clients are great people too.  A few weeks ago I was asked to coordinate a fundraising event for a sweet little girl named Nina Fredeen. 

photo borrowed from

I had no idea how much this little girl would touch my heart and I have yet to meet her.  When I see pictures of her on her mother’s blog (, I see my daughter and I hear my daughter’s laughter in Nina’s.  It breaks my heart that we will not be lucky enough to see this young girl grow up to be a fantastic woman.  Confused?  Well, Nina has an inoperable tumor on her brain stem (DPIG).  It’s rare and it is found in children between the ages of 6 and 9.  The fundraising event we’re planning is tentatively a 2 day event on 11 and 12 March 2011.  We’re going to plan a benefit dinner and a golf tournament.  Both events require that the participants pay a fee but the money will be donated to the family to help pay for funeral expenses and any money remaining will be used to help the family pay for daily expenses.  I can’t even begin to imagine what this family is going through right now.  We are currently looking for donations for our silent auction.  If you’re interested, please email me at  No donation is too small.  If you’re interested in making a financial contribution, you can also email me and I’ll send you the information.  Our goal is to raise $15,000.

During the planning process of this fundraising event, the women I have been working with – Crystal, Sharon and Larisa – have been amazing.  I can see how much this family means to them and it makes me want to work even harder for them.  I want to help them celebrate Nina’s life through this event and allow family and new/old friends the opportunity to support the family.  I have also met some amazing businesses who have opened up their hearts to help us: Austin and Dara of Austin & Dara Photography, Predrag from Elings Park in Santa Barbara, Peter Duffy of Photon Concepts, Ruben Reye of Pueblo Del Ray Funeral Services, Kathy Ackley from Fess Parker Double Tree Resort, Rich Nahas from Glen Annie Golf Club, Glenn Novack from Event Rents, Elizabeth Jamond from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Ellen Gilbert from the Santa Barbara Polo Clubhouse, Meredith Moore from the Museum of Natural History, and Daniele Rose from Lavender & Twine

Thank you to everyone for being so wonderful and truly amazing.  I am lucky to work with such amazing people and getting to know each of them.

February 1, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Charity. Leave a comment.

Belle Journee – An Intimate Gathering

We’re coordinating a Bridal Show at the Museum of Ventura County on Sunday, 17 October 2010 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.  The price includes admission to the show and museum as well as a museum donation.  To register as a bride, visit our website and click on Calendar of Events.  If you’re a vendor and are interested in participating, please email us at

August 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Charity, Other Events, Venue, Wedding. Leave a comment.

Happy Monday!

We hope everyone had a great weekend and you’re ready to start the week!  We received some great props for our June photoshoot.  We’ll post pictures of them later.

On our Facebook page we asked if you would attend a local chocolate festival.  It’s our understanding that a few years ago there was one but it was not successful.  If this turns out to be a good idea, then we’ll team up with I’d Rather Be Baking Company (it was their idea) and try to make it happen!  If you have any input, respond with a comment to this post or email it to me at

April 26, 2010. Tags: , . Charity, Other Events. Leave a comment.