Carmen Marc Valvo, designer to such celebrities as Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey and Kate Winslet, will be showcasing his 2009 designs and our entire salon team will be backstage working our magic with his runway models. It is sure to be a fabulous event and we are very excited and privileged to be a part it. Founded to benefit ovarian cancer research, awareness events and programs, Ovations for the Cure is a non-profit based organization located in Natick, MA.
Our salon has been fund raising for Ovations since the beginning of April and our clients have been very generous with their contributions. But I couldn't sit still for this one...I wanted to personally contribute something else to the cause.
On Sunday, May 31, 2009, my San Diego cousins Jen and her husband Charlie, as well as my other cousin Marg from South Carolina are running the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Now, I would love to fly out to California to run with them because I really hate cancer, BUT......... there are only two reasons that I would run for anything. The first reason would be if someone were chasing me and the second would be if someone were driving in a car in front of me holding out a big fat piece of chocolate on a stick. That's it. I realize that the reason for these marathon runs are to raise funds for a very worthy cause BUT, I am woman who knows and respects her limitations. Plus, my hair would be a mess after running that distance. (hee hee)
So I've decided to make cupcakes. Lots and lots of cupcakes. Chocolate Espresso and fresh Tahitian Coconut Cupcakes. In fact, if you're looking for me this week, it's a good chance I'll be baking. I'm calling this Cupcakes for the Cure . These lovely little decorated cakes will be sold at David Paul Salon in Sudbury, MA on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th for $5.00 each and all proceeds will go to Ovations for the Cure. Patricia Franchi Flaherty, the Ovations founder, once said that the butterfly is the spirit of a loved one who is no longer with us. I thought it was an appropriate and symbolic gesture to include them on the cupcakes.
Because quite frankly, cancer sucks. Knowing someone who is battling cancer sucks and losing someone to cancer sucks even more. Even worse, it makes you mad. Crazy, even.
I lost my mother to breast cancer in 1986. Yes, my sister and I have acknowledged it.........but we'll never get over it. Ever. As far as I'm concerned, we were robbed. It was twenty three years ago and I'm still mad about it. Cancer doesn't respect anyone. It has invaded and disrupted the lives of cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and many acquaintances too. Enough already. It has to be stopped.
So how many cupcakes do you think I'd have to bake to raise enough money to cure cancer?? A million?? Two million? Ten million??
I'll make a deal with you....
.....if you'll buy them, I'll bake them.
Because we're trying to cure cancer.....
.....one cupcake at a time.