Boys Hope Girls Hope is a non-profit, now in 16 cities and two foreign countries, that invites students from difficult, at-risk backgrounds to live in a home that provides a safe environment, financial support, academic tutoring, mentoring and opportunities to give back to the community. If you watched Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (and perhaps shed a tear) last night, you know that Ty Pennington and his design team set out to build an 11,000 square foot place for the Girls Hope program in Baltimore, Maryland, which just accepted its first seven members. It was the Boys Hope students who called upon Ty and his crew with the “hope” of bringing the girls in their community the same educational and emotional support that they have experienced. It was moving. It was real. It was good TV. And, it got us thinking…
As girls (we’d still like to refer to ourselves as girls- so, just go with it) what do we HOPE for?
We hope to lead by example
We hope to show inner beauty in a world consumed by outward appearances
We hope to prove that we are smart, savvy AND strong
We hope too that we live to see equal pay for equal work
We hope that our children will become better versions of us
We hope that our kids recognize the importance of a solid education and mentoring
We hope that our daughters and sons continue give back to their community as we girls (that’d be us in case you forgot the reference) lead by example
Hope. Dina Manzo “hoped” to provide pediatric patients and their families with a better life while battling serious illness, such as cancer. Hope turned to happen when this Real Housewife of NJ, and Butterfly mom, launched Project Ladybug. As some of you may recall, this past spring, Butterfly hosted a celebrity auction with the Manzos to raise money for Project Ladybug. This Friday, Terry and I will meet the Delaware-based auction winner and her daughter, who bid $3,050 to help make a difference in these children’s lives. In preparation for the experience, the winner is planning to bring wrapped gifts, not for the “Housewives” – but for the children of Project Ladybug. Terry and I will join the mother-daughter duo as they redeem their “prize”: lunch for two at the Brownstone with Dina and Caroline Manzo. We’ve been told that Teresa and/or Jacqueline may also pay a surprise visit to make this auction winner’s dream even more “real.”
Sometimes you have to do more than hope. What do you hope for? Butterfly member, Claudia Seggel hopes that you’ll watch her video and listen to her personal journey of courage and inspiration as we approach Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thereafter, purchase Claudia’s Cool Hats (hat-plus-hair invention made with human hair) for the “fashionista cancer diva” you may just have in your life.
To Claudia and the children, we hope you are well.
Bradi and Terry
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