We all have charities we like to support, and Beauty Bus Foundation is one of my favorites. I have the pleasure of volunteering for them as a “Beauty Buddy” during the year; and also being their planner for the annual Beauty Drive fundraiser.
We all have charities we like to support, and Beauty Bus Foundation is one of my favorites. I have the pleasure of volunteering for them as a “Beauty Buddy” during the year; and also being their planner for the annual Beauty Drive fundraiser.This year, Beauty Drive was held on May 5th at the fabulous California Science Center, Wallis Annenberg Building.
When it was all over the silent auction and raffle, along with a special donation-matching event on smart phones proved how successful this event has become.
Several companies and individuals donated their time and talent to create beauty stations throughout the space. Guests enjoyed manicures, hair styling, men’s haircutting, makeup, and brow shaping! The Kids Korner featured glitter tattoos and a volunteer art project. And….the photo opp was a hit with everyone.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the Beauty Bus ladies hung piñatas in their signature orange and green colors and a strolling mariachi group entertained guests throughout the space.
The Beauty Drive was attended by 400 guests who ate fabulous food prepared and presented by Joann Roth-Oseary and Cheryl Fish ofSomeone’s in the Kitchen
. Joann is the culinary genius, and Cheryl is the décor genius … a winning team to be sure!
All the guests left with a “Bag of Beauty” containing fabulous products donated by the sponsors.
And: the final topping on the day …. Guests had reserved ticketed entry for a viewing of the space shuttle Endeavor! What a great day for such a worthwhile cause.
I was so happy to win a LASEA (Los Angeles Special Event Award) from our ISES Los Angeles Chapter at the Installation and Awards Meeting this past week. The award was for 2013 Best Wedding Produced, and the wedding was one that I really enjoyed.
Mammoth Lakes Wedding was held at a horse ranch in the Mammoth Lakes area, and was worthy of an award primarily for the challenges which occurred. The wedding was created and entirely financed by the bride and groom, so budget was of an essence. It was an ultimate DIY Wedding!
I must give kudos to the bride and groom for all the perosnal touches they created and how completely charming it was. The postcards for the guest comments were fun, the family chupah was beautiful and the ceremony performed by their friend and attended by their dog was totally “them”.
The venue included a grass area for the ceremony and dirt areas for games with a fire pit for the s’mores after the wedding.
The challenges included attaching a chupah to a wood structure in 25 mile an hour winds and keeping the skirts of the ladies from blowing up in the wind. The entire reception set up in the tent was accomplished by the bride’s friends … so, much supervision and improvisation was required. (the couple saved money with the caterer by having volunteer set up and clean up)
The tent company presented it’s own challenges. Their late set up resulted in an inability to get the tent tied down properly in the wind the day before the wedding. They needed to return the morning of the wedding to complete the tent installation; thereby setting things back a few hours! While dealing with the tent, I worked with the family friend/landscaper who was creating the wildflowers in jars for table décor.
The couple had created charming menus inscribed with blackboard paint on large mason jars. The jars had the menu written on one side, and the table number on the other. The bride and groom also gifted each guest with a jar of homemade cherry preserves.
The entire day was exactly as the couple wanted, and they ended the evening outside in their beloved Mammoth environment under the stars.