McKinney Ladies Association to Present $10,000 to Meals on Wheels; Funds Were Raised during MLA’s Spring Fashion Show in Early March

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By Holly Becka, HorsePower Communications

The McKinney Ladies Association (MLA) will present $10,000 to Meals on Wheels and Senior Services in Collin County on April 14, after a highly successful Spring Fashion Show fundraiser in early March.

“We are so happy to be able to present this money to Meals on Wheels, which does an incredible amount of good in our community,” said Tammy de Wet, a McKinney business owner who served as fashion show chairwoman. “Meals on Wheels not only provides freshly prepared meals for the elderly in our community, but their volunteers form important relationships with the people to whom they deliver food. MLA is proud to support this outstanding agency.”

MLA President Becky Smeltzer thanked everyone who attended the fashion show, donated silent auction items, provided in-kind donations, and served as models and business partners.

“We were thrilled to partner with some wonderful McKinney businesses during our fashion show, and I think that extra bit of generosity and excitement helped make this event one of the most successful ever,” Smeltzer said. “On behalf of the MLA Board of Directors, I would like to publicly thank our title sponsor, Warthan Dermatology Center, as well as our key partners, Cynthia Elliot Boutique, Shear Image Salon, and Upstage Dancewear.”

MLA models showed off the latest fashions during MLA's Spring Fashion Show, which raised $10,000 for Meals on Wheels.

MLA models showed off the latest fashions during MLA’s Spring Fashion Show, which raised $10,000 for Meals on Wheels. Photo courtesy of Joe Ownbey of OwnbeyPhotography.com.

MLA holds its popular Spring Fashion Show fundraiser every year to raise money for a different nonprofit in McKinney.

This year, MLA selected Meals on Wheels as the beneficiary to support the fact that this nonprofit prepares and delivers more than 700 meals to home-bound elderly residents every day. The funds MLA raised through its fashion show came from ticket sales, silent auction sales, and sponsorships.

MLA Board members will present the $10,000 check to Meals on Wheels during MLA’s next meeting, set for 7 p.m. April 14 at Griffin Jewelry, 2811 Craig Drive in McKinney. The public is invited.

Smeltzer noted that Griffin Jewelry had donated items for the fashion show’s silent auction, and she thanked the business for playing host to the women’s group’s next meeting and check presentation.

“We in MLA like to say that we all can do so much for our community when we work together. We are truly blessed to have so many wonderful, giving people who unite with us in our efforts,” Smeltzer said. “We are so inspired by the giving nature of McKinney residents and businesses.”

The next fundraiser on MLA’s calendar is the community-wide Spring Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26 in the parking lot of Stonebridge United Methodist Church. All proceeds will go to college scholarships for the children of McKinney’s first responders. For details and to register as a vendor, please visit www.McKinneyLadies.org.  

About MLA:

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.  Connect with MLA by visiting the group’s website, www.mckinneyladies.org, where you can sign up for the monthly MLA e-newsletter. Look for MLA on Facebook at “McKinney LadiesAssociation” and on Twitter at @McKinneyLadies.

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McKinney Ladies Association Thanks Warthan Dermatology for being Title Sponsor of Spring Fashion Show on March 3

By Holly Becka, HorsePower Communications

The McKinney Ladies Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that Warthan Dermatology Center of McKinney will serve as title sponsor of MLA’s Spring Fashion Show fundraiser on March 3.Warthan-lo-res logo for online use

“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. MoWMeals 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.

Public Invited

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.

Sponsorships Available

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 mlafashionshow@yahoo.com.MLA image

 

About MLA:

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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Shop Local and Support McKinney Small Businesses during MLA Business Expo on Nov. 11

By Holly Becka, HorsePower Communications

The McKinney Ladies Association (MLA) is comprised of diverse volunteers from all walks of life who work together for community betterment.

But exactly who are these local business owners who graciously donate their time to help the McKinney-area community? The public is welcome to attend the MLA Member Business/Vendor Showcase on Monday, Nov. 11 to find out.

“MLA is organizing our first-ever business fair to spotlight all of the business owners and vendors who so willingly give of their time to support MLA and our community,” explained MLA President Becky Smeltzer. “We want to do what we can to support them for being part of MLA’s ongoing efforts to raise funds for charities throughout our community.”

The MLA Members’ Business Expo and Vendor Showcase is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee in historic downtown McKinney, Texas. Vendors will exhibit information about their companies, and a wide variety of services will be represented — ranging from jewelry, makeup, fine baked goods and window treatments to financial advice, professional photography and public relations/business writing. Vendors say that holiday pricing will be available for those who would like to shop early for the holidays!Updated MLA Vendor Flyer 110513

The Nov. 11 event is free to attend. Snacks will be provided, and glasses of wine will be available for purchase. In addition, there will be goodies and door prize giveaways, so be sure to mark your calendars now. All attendees are asked to bring a donation to benefit Seniors Helping Seniors in McKinney.

MLA’s mission is to support the children and families of McKinney through special events and fundraising efforts organized by MLA. The group meets monthly during each club year, which mimics a school calendar and extends from September to May. Each meeting is designed to give members a philanthropic opportunity as well as the chance to engage in a variety of social activities with other members. MLA’s goal is to have fun, make friends and change lives in our community.


McKinney Ladies Association to Provide $50,000 for Scholarship Fund Benefiting Children of First Responders

McKinney, Texas – The McKinney Ladies Association (MLA) presented a $50,000 check Friday that will fund college scholarships for the children of McKinney’s first responders during the next 10 years.

“The $50,000 check we gave represents MLA’s commitment to provide $5,000 in scholarship funds each year for the next decade,” MLA President Becky Smeltzer said. “For the past several years, MLA has proudly contributed to this scholarship fund benefiting the children of McKinney’s police officers and firefighters. Our presentation Friday formalizes the commitment we have to continuing our support of this wonderful scholarship fund.”

The scholarship fund was founded by Bob and Sheila Johnson of Johnson Insurance & Financial, a financial service company in McKinney that has served the North Texas area for decades. Sheila Johnson is also an MLA member.

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MLA members presented a check on June 14 to benefit a scholarship fund for the children of McKinney’s first responders. State Rep. Scott Sanford and McKinney Police and Fire Department officials took part in the check presentation.

Also on Friday, MLA donated $5,000 to the scholarship fund from proceeds raised during MLA’s Spring 2013 Yard Sale, which was held in May. The Johnsons plan to present scholarships to deserving graduates this summer.

“MLA is so honored to provide this scholarship money because we feel it’s a way we can give back to the public servants who provide crucial services for our community and who rush to help us all at a moment’s notice,” Smeltzer said.

MLA is already preparing for its Fall 2013 Yard Sale, set for 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21 in the parking lot of Stonebridge United Methodist Church, 1800 S. Stonebridge Drive in McKinney.

Registration is ongoing for anyone who would like to sell items during the sale, which will also raise scholarship funds for children of first responders. To participate, members of the community may reserve a space to sell items (except concessions) by contacting coordinator Connie Hollstein-Drexel at cjhollstein[at]aol.com. The cost to reserve one of the 126 available spaces is $45. Sellers’ reservations must be received by Sept. 16.

Shoppers are welcome Sept. 21, and the sale will occur rain or shine. Adults are asked to donate $1 in order to browse and shop.

About MLA:

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 www.mckinneyladies.org. Look for us on Facebook at McKinney LadiesAssociation and on Twitter at @McKinneyLadies.

 About HorsePower Communications:

HorsePower Communications is a firm in McKinney, Texas, that specializes in public relations, public participation, business writing/editing and marketing. The firm is owned by Holly Becka, a former news reporter with more than 20 years of communications experience and expertise in public/media relations consulting, project management, writing and editing.