It’s been a HOT MINUTE since the Makeover for Life party happened! As we come to closing the door on a battered 2020, I can think of no better way to manage the crazy than to celebrate the GOOD THINGS that happened. This party was absolutely one of the highlights for me. There was food, entertainment, makeover winner reveals, good people, revelry, and most of all progress made toward ending the effect of the treatable condition of clubfoot around the world. <3
For those who are new, this is our third makeover reveal event, and our second as a fundraiser for Hope Walks. Every year I think it can’t get better, the people can’t be more fun and kind-hearted, the vendors can’t be more generous and every year I am wrong. Every year I am blown away by people’s generosity with their time, talents, and money, and every year I think the makeover winners just couldn’t be a better fit.
The party is a celebration not only of the wonderful people in the Signature Style community but those who have been affected by clubfoot and those who support Hope Walks and the families they serve. Though I don’t wish any more challenges on a family than regular newborn life (it’s hard enough on it’s own!), it was a great gift to my heart to have other clubfoot cutie moms in attendance.
The Party Deets
We partied on the roof of 1111 Studewood Place again – it’s one of the best venues in town! The skyline view is beautiful and we were so grateful for perfect weather for the night.
I was raised with a Southern style that dictates you must have more than enough food at any given moment and IT HAD BETTER TASTE GOOD. Central Market, Freezing Point, Dessert Gallery, Macaron by Patisse did not disappoint. The eats were DELICIOUS!
The insanely talented Kameron Craft of Kameron Craft Designs did the flowers and was the answer to the question I was most asked over the course of the night. “WHO did the flowers?” They were perfection.
I’m hooked on LG Entertainment and have worked with them for three different parties now. They know how to keep the party happening! When we have parties again, Lord let it be soon, I’ll be asking them back again.
Samantha with Plan Our Day was invaluable in making sure all the pieces were in place, coordinating vendors beforehand, and managing the flow the night of. I’ve thrown way too many parties without a planner and listen, you get to enjoy the party so much more when you have Samantha in the room!
All the photos here and in the makeover winner recap posts are by the talented Paige Beitler Photography. She is great to work with and made sure we had all the moments perfectly captured.
Lynsey with Lynsey Creative is a dream to work with and made sure all of the signage was both on brand and party appropriate. Catrina with Root & Restore made the tables beautiful with her calligraphy!
I can’t urge you enough, please support the generous vendors who helped make the Makeover for Life event a success. Now more than ever small (and big for that matter) businesses need our help and there are easy ways to support them starting with connecting with these vendors on social media all the way up to hiring them for your next (mini) event.
1111 Studewood Place | Central Market | Dessert Gallery | Freezing Point | Kameron Craft Design | LG Event Entertainment and Production | Lynsey Creative | Macaron by Patisse | Paige Beitler Photography | Plan Our Day | Root & Restore | Serendipity Wines
Dress Up and Then Paint?
This was SO COOL! Sure, I’m biased. I’m writing the recap about a party I coordinated but this was one of the most fun things I’ve done at a fundraiser. Hope Walks brought prepped but not formed shoe leathers that guests painted! That was fun but here is the cool part – those shoe leathers are now on little clubfoot cutie feet all around the world!! Each set of leathers was given a tracking number and we’ve been receiving updates on their progress as the leathers have gone from flat, painted art to shoes, to a valuable tool in the life of a kid in need.
The leathers this couple painted are already made and in action in Zambia! <3 Thank you Drew and Emily!
Silent Auction in Signature Style Fashion
The amount of effort put into creating a silent auction that is EPIC is well, incredible. But I’m always so proud of the packages we put together – from weekend getaways to stylish rodeo nights, those who contribute to the silent auction – both vendors and those that bid to generous donate to Hope Walks, just blow me away every time.
A Special Highlight
The newest add to the silent auction, we commissioned two local artists to paint their signature style artwork on the leathers that are typically made into shoes for the boots and bar braces. I hope this is a tradition at every future Makeover for Life event. These pieces made my heart soar and I adore the artists that not only gave of their skills and time but loved the idea as much as I did. Kellie Morley and Genie Mack did an exceptional job and as an absolute over-the-top kindness a few friends went in on one of them and gifted it to me. So happy to have this memento in our house!
These are the generous vendors, most small business owners, who gave to the silent auction. I know Small Business Saturday has passed but consider adding these vendors to your Christmas shop list and ones you will find and support in 2021!
The makeover winners revealed their final looks at the party and they looked AWESOME!
Huge thanks to all those who contributed to reflecting their signature best!
Andrea Montgomery | Bonobos | David Peck | Hollywood Hippie | Paige Beitler Photography | Skincare by Kristie | Southern Sequence | Tease Color and Style Bar | Warby Parker
Several months out from the makeover now, it’s so fun to see how both winners have really stepped into a new chapter of each of their lives. So glad to have been there to help them get ready for the leaps.
For full details on their before and afters, check out Melissa and Dave’s recaps on the blog.
I don’t even know how to adequately thank the people in these pictures. This is the official party support staff – starting with my forever date and man who not only goes along with the crazy but jumps in and helps me stay sane in the process. Amy Weyer – I just am so grateful for you. Amy was actually the winner of the 2018 makeover contest! She came on board to and was invaluable in getting all the pieces together that go into throwing a party for 80 of your closest friends, including stuffing 80 goodie-filled shoe boxes that we surprised guests with as they left the party. Scott Reichenbach, President of Hope Walks, and Gina Piper, Fundraiser Director, came down from Pennsylvania to help and be a part of the fun. You guys are amazing!
This whole event is about changing lives – whether it’s the makeover winners and their next step to a new adventure or the money raised to provide clubfoot treatment to those who might not have even known it existed.
We nearly doubled what we raised at our first event and we were able to COMPLETELY cover 35 kids and the entire duration of their clubfoot treatment. That is incredible. 35 people are going to WALK because of your generosity. I have yet to read or say that sentence without tearing up. Thank you.
If you’d like to contribute to Hope Walks, we are merely $1000 away from doubling what we raised the first year we launch the fundraiser, click here. It only takes $432 to complete fund the five-year non-invasive treatment. In the Tribute line, please indicate Makeover for Life!