Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Heart Throb

I saw my heartthrob from when I was about 10 years old last night! Do you recognize him? Most women my age have loved him for a very long time. He is sooooo Cute!!!
Yes, it's Davy Jones from the Monkees. He performed at Gold Strike in Tunica. I was such a big fan. Now if I could only meet Paul McCartney!
Enjoy my videos!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

2008 "50 Women Who Make a Difference"

We just held our 12th annual "50 Women Who Make a Difference" Recognition dinner last night (8/25/08) a the Hilton Hotel. The remnants of Hurricane Fay made for a very wet night, lots of slow traffic, flooded streets, therefore making us get off to a late start. David and I were already at the hotel when the big rain started. We got a little wet earlier but the folks that came later were drenched.
Exactly three years ago in August of 2005 we had a very similar situation. The hotel was very busy with guests who had come up from the gulf to evacuate the areas from Hurricane Katrina. Dee Griffin, a reporter for Eyewitness News, Channel 24 was one of our award recipients that year. We recognized her early so she could get back to the station to report on the storm that we were now getting parts of in Memphis. When we left the hotel that night the streets were full of leaves and tree limbs. The next morning, New Orleans flooded.
Last night we had a wonderful turnout. Our presenting sponsor was FedEx and Rose Flenorl spoke to the audience. Karen Perrin, with FM 100 was our emcee for the 12th year. She has never missed a dinner but she was very pregnant with her younger son about 5 years ago when she participated. We weren't sure she would make it that year.

Melodie Moore, a young harpist that was one of Outstanding Young Women earlier this year, entertained the guests in the foyer before we started.
We finished the entire event at 8:35 - record time. I believe most guests think it will be a long event since we have so many women to recognize. Click on the photo album on the right side to see photos.
These women are so inspiring! They inspire me to keep this event and special issue going even though I have said over and over we may not do it again.

Every year I get so stressed out putting this event together. It should be getting easier after doing it 12 times but there are parts of it that become harder. I have become quite forgetful - I hear that is a normal part of what women go through at my age (51). I was quite calm before the dinner this year so I just knew I must have forgotten something big. Well a couple of things happened but nothing really big and nothing worse than years past. Maybe that's a sign that "the show must go on!"

Special Thanks
Our sponsors: FedEx, First Tennessee, Hutchison School, & Smith & Nephew
Rose Flenorl with FedEx for her support and participation for several years!
Karen Perrin with FM 100 for her wonderful emcee talent for 12 years now!
Keith Renard at Skipworth for the beautiful portraits of the 50 Women and the gift certificates for the gift bags,
Harrah's Entertainment for the great dinner programs this year,
Melodie Moore, our wonderful young harpist entertainment before dinner (She was one of our Outstanding Young Women of Memphis this year!),
Kirk Houston with KCK Promotions for the great video on (,
Carolyn Bendall for gathering many of the gift bag items for the 50 Women and supplying the gift certificate for a free Colour Analysis with Fashion Academy. She's been a great support for many years!
Mike Weaver with Joseph A Bank Oak Court for the 50 Women corsages & mints on the tables.
Sarah Worden at Charlotte in Saddle Creek for the wonderful gift cards for the bags - this is beautiful German jewelry ladies - go check it out!
Kenneth Taylor with Saddle Creek for the red gift bags
Jennifer Wallin with the Southern Women Show for the tickets for the March show in Memphis
Kini Plumlee with Le Bonheur for cards, pens and other items for the gift bags
Mary Ellen for the Oscar de la Renta gifts
Marybeth Conley for the Arbonne gifts
FM 100 for the cups

Thanks to our help with setting up and check-in:
Carolyn Bendall, Judy McEwen (2003 recipient), Linda Oxford (2004 recipient), Midge Weinberg (2007 recipient), and my family & friends: David, Jennifer, Melissa, Philip, Walker, Kini, Susan & Larry.
Thanks to Susan Nieman & Kini Plumlee with LOTS of photography - THANKS big time!!!!
And last but not least, my husband David for his love and support in everything we do!

I hope I have not left anyone out - it's like the Emmy's!

Lisa's New Business
As most of you know, times have been tough for a lot of businesses. Advertising has dropped considerably in all media but we've been hit hard. We plan to print another issue towards the end of October that will include breast cancer issue and holiday things. We're also working on the annual Women's Yellow Pages that will include 3 web sites.
As if that's not enough to keep me busy I have started another business - Lisa's Favorite Things - to help offset some of the costs of not publishing a magazine every month. I hand paint wine, martini & champagne glasses.

Just click on the photo album on the right side to see some of my designs. I also make personalized bookmarks and candles. I have shown the glassware and bookmarks at wedding events. They make great gifts for brides to give their attendants and others.
I have started a blog: for these items. No prices are up yet but I'm working on getting what I can up as soon as possible.
I also have an online store for gifts and favors for life events - wedding, baby & more!
Just click on the banner ad under the current cover photo.
Happy shopping?