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Our Favorite Thing: Giving Back

Nina Doherty

This past weekend, Suzanne and I had the great fortune to be a part of a charity Gala event, with funds being raised to for the prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.    The organization is Childhelp.org – founded by two remarkable women: Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, 58 years ago, and with their love and tireless efforts, and the dedication of their incredible staff, 10 million children have been impacted by the non-profit’s programs and services.

The Gala evening included a special award presentation by Childhelp Celebrity Ambassador, Kathie Lee Gifford (of the Today Show), honoring Childhelp’s two amazing founders, and was emceed with great humor and panache by Childhelp Celebrity Ambassador, John O’Hurley (of Seinfeld / J. Peterman fame).  John and Kathy mixed with the guests and kindly stood before a “step and repeat” backdrop for a very long time - all to generously accommodate everyone that wanted a moment to meet them (us included).

From left:  John O'Hurley, Suzanne Runyon, Joy Runyon, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Nina Doherty

From left:  John O'Hurley, Suzanne Runyon, Joy Runyon, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Nina Doherty

We also took delight in seeing many of our dear friends, co-volunteers, and even one of our beautiful Hysteria clients, Trish McHugh! Small world!  She sported an all-time favorite Hysteria necklace from jewelry designer, Jenny Bird, and it was SUPER CHIC with her long dress.  Just perfect!   Trish said about the event: “The Childhelp Shining Stars Gala was an incredible success, as was my Jenny Bird necklace – my new favorite piece from Hysteria.”

From left: Wendy Liebl, Jamie Meidhof, and Trish McHugh wearing her Jenny Bird necklace!

From left: Wendy Liebl, Jamie Meidhof, and Trish McHugh wearing her Jenny Bird necklace!

We must also give a shout out to TSALT, Tamara Saltonstall, for providing Suzanne with a beautiful long dress to wear. As for me, I went with a “Rent the Runway” option from the Georgetown RTR storefront (rent it and give it back!).  Since Hysteria doesn’t carry formalwear, we had to get a little creative as neither of us had worn a formal long dress in like…years!   I think that we enjoyed that little fancy dress moment. When you don’t do it very often, it’s pretty fun to glam up a bit.

Most importantly, some great funds were raised to save and protect the most innocent of lives, and we can’t think of a better way to be a part of our community and a part of the mission to eradicate child abuse.  Next year, we’ll be sure to send a “Save the Date” in case you’d like to join us, and we’ll keep you informed on other upcoming Childhelp DC events.  If you would like to get involved in the DC Chapter of Childhelp, feel free to contact me at:  nina@shophysteria.com.

For the love of a child…