Event to honor co-president Kelly Rice raises more than $3,000
The West Morris Junior Woman’s Club was a proud sponsor of a special event to honor five-year member and co-president Kelly Rice for her tireless work to raise funds for pediatric cancer in the memory of her son Thomas. More than 85 event goers attended the special event which was a fashion-themed cocktail party and runway show on Thursday, September 26.
Earlier this year, Kelly was selected as one of five national winners for the national clothing brand CAbi Hometown Heroine Real Model Fall 2013 Content. The contest called for nominations of extraordinary woman who exemplify grace and strength. Kelly was nominated by members and friends Allyson Daly and Kate Rizzo for her work this past year with the Valerie Fund to create Tunes for Thomas and serve other parents who’ve lost or are caring for young children with terminal illness. In late March, Kelly learned that she won the contest and joined four other winners for the CAbi Fall Real Model photo shoot in Beverly Hills. Her image and story was debuted in the CAbi Canary Fall 2013 catalog which is distributed to more than 350,000 households in the U.S. and Canada.
Many Juniors members and alumni joined countless other volunteers from the community to help make the night a success. In her opening remarks, Kelly expressed her gratitude. “Shortly after Thomas' passing in June of 2012, I was determined to find a way to remember my little boy, raise awareness of pediatric cancer, and try to make a difference. With my amazing family, amazing friends, and amazing community behind me 100 percent, we have truly been able to make a difference and not only make Tunes for Thomas a reality, but a growing and successful organization.”
In total, the event raised more than $3,000. The mission of Tunes for Thomas is to establish a grief support initiative at the Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Morristown Medical Center to help families cope with the loss of their child to cancer. The 2nd Annual Tunes for Thomas event will be held May 17, 2014.
Juniors was joined by many other local businesses and organizations to make the night a success. A special thanks especially goes to Juniors friend and CAbi consultant Deb Randolph for her generosity and support. Also, thanks to Cecil Diaz Hair, Jazzercise of Mendham - Molly Higgins, Gold Canyon Candles - Kris Wagoner, CAbi - Deb Randolph, Chloe & Isabel - Francesca Mullany, Arbonne - Kim Pudlak, Mendham Boot Camp - Kristen McNair, Macy’s Flagship Store, NYC, Windswept Boutique, Nassau Communications, Erika Desimone Design, Life in Motion Photography, Allyson and John Daly of Merck, and Hayley Zindell. To see a photo gallery from the event, click here. To learn more, visit the event's Facebook page.