McKinney Ladies Association Thanks Warthan Dermatology for being Title Sponsor of Spring Fashion Show on March 3Posted: January 16, 2014
By Holly Becka, HorsePower Communications
“We are absolutely thrilled that Warthan Dermatology is supporting MLA’s fundraising efforts by becoming our event title sponsor,” says Tammy DeWet, chairwoman of MLA’s Spring Fashion Show.
“Drs. Mandy and Molly Warthan are known for providing great medical care in our community, and we truly appreciate the fact that they have such big hearts and are contributing in such a big way to MLA’s fundraiser, which this year is benefiting Meals on Wheels,” DeWet says.
Every year, MLA holds its popular Spring Fashion Show fundraiser to raise money for a different nonprofit in McKinney. This year, MLA has selected Meals on Wheels/Senior Services of Collin County as the beneficiary to recognize and support the incredible fact that Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers more than 700 meals to homebound elderly residents every day. Meals on Wheels/Senior Services of Collin County also provides hope and socialization for its clients, because its volunteers connect with and form friendships with otherwise isolated seniors.
You are invited to join MLA for its Spring Fashion Show on March 3 at Eldorado Country Club, where you will enjoy a delectable three-course meal, preview the freshest fashions and bid on fantastic silent auction items. Tickets are $50 per person. Go online here to purchase tickets through PayPal.
MLA raises money during its fashion show through ticket sales to attend the fashion show, through a silent auction of unique items contributed by both individuals and businesses, and through sponsorship opportunities.
Additional sponsorships are available, as is the opportunity to contribute items to the Spring Fashion Show’s silent auction. The sponsorship deadline is Monday, Jan. 27. The deadline to contribute silent auction items is Friday, Feb. 21. If you would like to participate, please contact Tammy DeWet by email at email@example.com.
The McKinney Ladies Association (MLA) is dedicated to supporting the children and families of our community through special events and fundraising efforts organized by MLA. For more information about MLA or to find out how to become a member of this exciting women’s organization, please visit our newly redesigned website at www.mckinneyladies.org and sign up for the monthly MLA e-newsletter. Look for us on Facebook at McKinney LadiesAssociation and on Twitter at @McKinneyLadies.
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Look for Gingerbread Storefronts in Historic Downtown McKinney & Register Now to Decorate Your Gingerbread House on Dec. 14Posted: November 27, 2013
By Holly Becka, HorsePower Communications
When you visit historic downtown McKinney this holiday season, be sure to stop by Snug on the Square, Orisons Boutique and Goodies Texas to see creative miniature gingerbread storefronts that look just like the actual businesses.
These gingerbread masterpieces are part of an ongoing publicity campaign to raise awareness about the upcoming eighth annual Gingerbread for Humanity fundraiser at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14, the public is invited to unleash their creativity and decorate a gingerbread house to take home while benefiting North Collin County Habitat for Humanity. Pre-registration is highly advised. To obtain a registration form, please go online to www.TPCMcKinney.org and click on the gingerbread icon.
“We love to see what the participants come up with each year,” explains Pam Hatch, one of the event organizers. “We have tons of candy that decorators can choose in our candy buffet – and because of all the choices, we’ve had really cool gingerbread houses decorated by theme, by color and even one that was created to look just like Trinity Presbyterian Church.”
This creativity inspired event organizers to seek volunteers from the congregation to make and decorate gingerbread storefronts that could be displayed in downtown McKinney with the hope of increasing awareness about the Gingerbread for Humanity fundraiser.
A dedicated team agreed to take on the challenge of building what Hatch calls “the extra-tough structural gingerbread storefronts” and decorating them to resemble the actual businesses. The volunteers’ work began this summer and was perfected through trial and error.
Tim and Amy Sherman baked the gingerbread storefront pieces using a secret recipe to ensure the gingerbread structures would stand the test of time. Pablo Ruiz and Andrew Bender served as the architects; Bender also served as the structural engineer and one-man construction crew, donating dozens of hours to build the structures. Myrt Bunje decorated the Orisons gingerbread storefront; Debra Guillemaud decorated the Snug on the Square storefront; and Bender decorated the Goodies storefront.
“The results have been amazing – they were shown at church and they were a huge hit,” Hatch says. “Everyone who sees them cannot stop looking at all the intricate details. We truly appreciate the volunteers’ hard work, and we cannot thank Snug, Orisons and Goodies enough for partnering with us on this project.”
Creativity with Gingerbread, Candy and Icing
Guillemaud loved the creativity involved with the project and was determined to make the Snug storefront as edible as possible (except for its florist foam supports and foam board base). She made the bricks with sugar cookies and the paving stones with crackers, and she applied tubs of frosting to cement everything in place.
“I have decorated houses at the Gingerbread for Humanity event with my children where their goal seemed to be to use as much candy as possible, have a colorful and festive outcome, and to be able to surreptitiously remove candy over the coming days,” Guillemaud says. “Creating the Snug storefront was fun because it was an adventure into something new. I quickly developed expertise into ‘rework’ procedures!”
The biggest challenge, she says, was ensuring the candy windows would hold their shape and reliably remain on the gingerbread storefront.
“I used melted candy but early versions seemed to just melt away on humid days,” Guillemaud says. “To create the shape, I used cookie dough as the outline, crushed candy within the shape, and baked this on parchment paper. Then I cut away all but the thinnest strip of cookie, which resulted in a window with a frame.”
For the Orisons storefront, Myrt Bunje went above and beyond adding fun details, including a display window showing off western apparel, street lamps and Christmas lights that actually light up, a horse and carriage, snow and evergreens.
Bricks on the Orisons storefront were fashioned from “sour power belt” candy and then hand-painted with food coloring. The windows were piped with black licorice laces. Bunje then finished the structure’s exterior walls with frosting that she created to look like vintage signs and old cracked plaster.
The Gingerbread for Humanity Fundraiser
The gingerbread storefronts will be on display downtown through Saturday, Dec. 14, the day of the Gingerbread for Humanity event at Trinity Presbyterian. Anyone who cannot attend the event may still participate by registering for a take-home gingerbread kit, which comes complete with a pre-made gingerbread house, icing and lots of candy to decorate with. Please go online to www.TPCMcKinney.org and click on the gingerbread icon for details and the registration form.
For many McKinney residents, enjoying Gingerbread for Humanity is part of their family’s Christmas traditions.
“My family and I have participated in Gingerbread for Humanity for many years starting when my children were, well, little children,” Guillemaud says. “Now that they are teenagers, I thought their interest might wane. However, I was surprised to hear from them that this is our ‘tradition’ and a must-do holiday event! We love it because not only is it fun, but it also funds Habitat for Humanity!”
Do something sweet for your community!
Gingerbread for Humanity Event Details:
- Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
- Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5871 W. Virginia Parkway, McKinney
- Cost: $32 when you pre-register; $38 at the door (spaces limited)
- Registration details: Go online to www.TPCMcKinney.org and click on the Gingerbread icon to download the registration form.
- Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org