• Breast Cancer Events ~ Dallas, Texas











    As you may be aware of, or will be very soon, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. That means people are breaking out their pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. This is the time of year where it sometimes feels as if the whole world turns pink. Baseball players and football players wear pink, the grocery store shelves are filled with products that add pink to their packaging and donate a portion of their proceeds to breast cancer research, and many TV shows, magazine articles, and blogs write about breast cancer awareness and prevention.












    While there are breast cancer event s going on all year round that raise money and awareness, you will find that during the month of October, there are even more. In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, we have so many wonderful events that you can attend, donate to and volunteer for. Today we are going to let you know about a few events happening in our area. For an even more comprehensive list of events be sure to check out Guide Live.













    The Fort Worth Fire Department is hosting three open houses in October to show support and raise awareness for breast cancer. Please join firefighters for a barbecue cookout, station tours and fun activities for that the whole family will enjoy. The Forth Worth Fire Department works closely with the Joan Katz Breast Cancer Center at All Saints Health Foundation to increase awareness of breast cancer screenings and prevention.

    Breast cancer screenings and information will be available at three locations:

    • Oct. 6, Station 3, 4700 Ramey Ave.
    • Oct. 13, Station 17, 212 E. Felix St.
    • Oct. 20, Station 25, 3801 N. Main St.

    Open houses are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at each location.





    Love Cures all is a breast cancer event that features a live date auction with some of Dallas' most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, as well as a live gift auction. The event is set to take place take place on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Avenu Lounge in Uptown Dallas.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction begins at 9:00 p.m.  The event benefits the Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) Breast Cancer Grant is Dallas. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.lovecuresall.net.



    MOMMIE & ME DAY OUT 2012


    The Mommie & Me Day Out is a fun and very "girly" event for moms and their daughters. This event celebrates women and promotes breast cancer awareness. There are a lot of great activities for mothers and daughters to participate in. This will be a special event that neither will ever forget -- and it's for a great cause. Please Note: space is limited to 40 mothers so you need to buy your tickets now.

    It all takes place  Saturday, October 22nd, 2011  --- from 2:30p-10p at the beautiful Aloft Hotel in Downtown Dallas The cost is $175  and covers 1 mother & 1 daughter. A charge of $55 per adt'l daughter (age 4-16) or $75 per adt'l daughter (age 17-19) is required. For more info, including a schedule of events click here.
    This event is Not For Profit by Spicy Divas Party & Lessons. Any monies collected are to cover the cost associated with the activities planned, the venue rental, caterer, invitations, decorations, gift bags & etc.

  • Wedding Planning ~ Dallas Wedding Vendors


    Are you newly engaged? Just started wedding planning? Looking for wedding vendors in the Dallas area that you can trust?


    You only get one wedding - and there are no do-overs - so you'll want to make sure you choose the right pros to capture all of the special moments and to ensure things run smoothly on your big day! Wedding planning involves pulling together an enormous amount of well thought out details -- and trusting that the logistics of those details to professionals who have your best interest at heart. At Charming Chick we know and understand this, which is why we have decided to make your decision easier by featuring 3 local Dallas vendors who you can rely on. We are confident that they will make every effort to make your day extra special!


    2nd Generation Video Productions -- Dallas  -- http://www.2gvp.com/




    Your wedding day will pass by in the blink of an eye. You will be filled with so much love, joy and excitement but it may be difficult to remember the details and you'll long to relive those moments once again. Hiring a highly skilled videographer will ensure that each loving glance, tender touch and unique moment will be documented forever. This  means that  you can share and enjoy your wedding day over and over with friends and family -- as well as your future children grandchildren, and  great-grandchildren.


    (Photo courtesy 2nd Generation Video)



    2nd Generation Video Productions is a family owned and operated video production company. They are recognized as one of the best in their field and have been selected Best of the Knot for the past 2 years. They were also awarded a Creative Excellence Award from their professional association. 2nd Generation is able to ensure the highest quality videos because they use only HD Cameras and can produce videos on either DVD or BluRay. They also use wireless mics to provide their clients with clear audio of the vows, readings, toasts and everything in between. Before hiring a videographer be sure to read Questions to Answer Before Selecting a Videographer and Choosing Your Video on 2nd Generation's blog. You'll also want to follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information.


    Another fantastic option that 2nd Generation offers their clients is the ability for friends and family to give the gift of a professionally produced top-notch wedding video. They have made it very easy by providing an online Video Bridal Registry. They provide a shopping cart and secure payment site where couples can register -- then friends and family can purchase gift cards towards the cost of the wedding video. They also provide flexible payment options to fit just about any wedding budget.



    (Photo courtesy 2nd Generation Video)

    "This business is a labor of love for our family.  We treat every couple as if they were our own children and strive to deliver a product that will become a treasured piece of family history.  We feel our work speaks for itself: feel free to view our samples at www.2gvp.com"



    Event Elements -- Dallas --  http://eventelements.com/blog/
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    When you are wedding planning it is especially smart to consider hiring a wedding planner. Your wedding is all about you and your husband-to-be. You'll want to celebrate and enjoy each other, your family and friends without having to worry if each and every detail is playing out just the way you planned. These wonderful professionals can certainly be a sanity saver but you really want to hire someone who you connect with, someone who really "gets" your vision and is especially attentive to details -- and your budget. An event planner can be involved just the day (or weekend) of, to ensure that things run smoothly and on time -- or they can be with you every step of the way as you plan and design the perfect day.

    We recommend that you contact Event Elements for your wedding planning needs. Kristyn Hall, owner of Event Elements  is professionally trained by The Dallas Wedding Planner Program. She provides very personal service and excellent attention to details. She is creative, innovative and works to make your big day especially unique and personal. She also has accounting and budget management experience, which means she can help you plan the wedding of your dreams and help you stay on track with your budget.

    Event Elements also won the 2011 Brides Choice Award from WeddingWire, so they are now in the top 5 percent of Wedding Pros nationwide. Whether you just need someone for the days leading up to your big day or a full-planner who can walk your through the entire process, Event Elements will design a package specifically to meet your needs. Follow them on Facebook and visit their blog for more information and to see gorgeous photos from weddings they have helped plan.



    Rhonda Robbins Photography -- Dallas -- http://rhondarobbins.typepad.com/   


    Selecting a great photographer will mean so much to you. After your" big" day has come and gone, you will pour over the pages of your wedding album time and time again to relive all of the love and joy you felt on your most wonderful day. With each click of their lens, a skilled photographer can capture all the warm  feelings, sweet moments and blissful fun that will occur on your wedding day and document it for a lifetime.

    Rhonda Robbins, of Rhonda Robbins Photography will capture all of your most special moments. She not only does an amazing job as a wedding photographer, she also does gorgeous engagement sessions, family photo shoots and more. She  is a true professional who listens to your needs. You will be delighted with the results!

    Contact Rhonda today to learn more about her photo packages. Also, be sure to follow her blog and look for her on Facebook. She has some amazing photos on both, so take some time to look around.

    Have Fun Planning Your Dallas Wedding!!!!!!






  • Breast Cancer Awareness ~ Dallas/Fort Worth Area

    approximately 1.3 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and despite our best efforts -- there is still no cure. Often times, when a loved is diagnosed with breast cancer family and friends feel very helpless but they will also do whatever they can to be of assistance and show their support. One way that folks honor survivors, remember those who have lost their battle to cancer, raise funds to help those affected by the disease and work toward a cure -- is by participating events designed to do one or all of those things. Here are just a few of the events we have going on here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.



    Komen Dallas Race for the Cure -- North Park Center ~ October 15, 2011

    "The Komen Dallas Race for the Cure® is an annual 1K and 5K fundraising walk/run event held at NorthPark Center. It is a co-ed race and great fun for the entire family.  The Race is in its 29th year and is part of a national 5K series sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The goal of the event is to raise funds, heighten awareness and educate people about breast health as well as to recognize and celebrate breast cancer survivorship.  The Race is the largest fundraising event for local breast cancer screening, treatment, education and research in Dallas County.  Last year our affiliate granted $1,912,000 into the immediate Dallas community for these vital services.  $679,829 was directed to cutting edge research at the national level." For more information visit www.komen-dallas.org 

    Pink Pride Brides -- Bridal Fashion for a Cause ~ October 18, 2011

    "Pink Pride Brides – Bridal Fashion for a Cause is a bridal fashion show which supports the fight against breast cancer. Brought to you by Hitched Events, and featuring Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories from Mockingbird Bridal Boutique, Pink Pride Brides is your chance to get a glimpse of the latest wedding fashions while enjoying an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine. From sleek sophistication to delicate lace, the fashion show will have something for everyone! There will be a drawing for prizes from local wedding vendors, plus the first 100 brides to register will receive a goodie bag.

    The event fee is $10 (when registered in advance), and all proceeds benefit The Bridge Breast Network, a local not-for-profit organization that links uninsured and under insured women in North Texas with diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer." (information via www.pinkpridebrides.org)

    Pink Sunday --  Komen Greater Fort Worth ~ October 23, 2011
    "Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has developed Pink Sunday in an effort to partner with local churches to educate congregations on breast health and breast cancer, and to raise awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection. This year, the Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate has designated October 23, 2011 as Pink Sunday. Pink Sunday is sponsored by The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. We invite local churches and other faith based organizations in our service area to join us in the fight against breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month by participating in Pink Sunday." For more information visit http://www.komengreaterfortworth.org/get-involved/pink-sunday/
    Komen 3-Day for the Cure ~ November 4 - 6, 2011
    During this 3-day event, participants raise money by walking an astounding 60 miles! There is careful planning involved. Participant train for the event so they are prepared for the long journey, they receive fundraising support so they can make the most of all their efforts and they get to meet and interact with brave survivors, wonderful caregivers and other folks just wanting to help make a difference in the war of breast cancer. During their journey stories are shared, as well as laughter and tears. At camp the participants are treated to tents, warm showers, hot meals, entertainment, shopping and some well deserved relaxation. As they cross the finish line the participants will be amazed by those around them but also by their own personal strength as well. 
    These events and countless others like them going on around the country aim to wipe out breast cancer forever! While there still is no known cure and we don't know exactly what causes the disease -- each year treatment options improve and the survival rate increases with early detection. We encourage you to support these groups and others like them so one day no one will have to lose a loved one to cancer!

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