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When I fled the domestic violence with a baby in my arms I was a heath food fanatic and a nursing mom. I turned to Voices Set Free for help to find housing and the food banks for sustenance. There was no “Health” foods available to me 11 years ago and it hasn’t changed enough.

The food banks are full of well-meaning people doing all they can do. The Brides of Eden want to gift them with beautiful farm fresh foods. All we need is funding – we have the farms and the need isn’t going away.

Voices Set Free just got two new laws passed in Oregon impacting domestic violence. The first law ensures that every child grades 7-12 will be educated in domestic violence prevention. The second law provides a new assessment program for teh police answering domestic violence calls.

Everything we do requires money and bodies and we are short on both. Thanks to all the people who took the time to stop and hear about our mission! And thanks again to the Embers for all their support.

When the photos come in I will tell about the beautiful event we did have – the children – the big white dog – the wedding gowns and tuxedos and the performers that moved Heaven and Earth to serve the cause. Thank you everyone who showed up.

In life, in business, and in forwarding change – SHOWING UP IS EVERYTHING!

Sadly, the Brides of Eden have had to cancel our upcoming Dress Up For Hunger Fundraisers for lack of funds. Yes it costs money – lots of it sometimes – to throw a fundraiser. We are selling off a bit of our cool couture inventory to absorb the loss. So if you need an off-the-hook wedding gown or bridal accessory – contact us at bridesofeden@gmail.com.

The good news is that we are returning to our original focus which is to launch our own Reality TV show. To describe our shows format we say – Orange is the New Black meets Say Yes to the Dress. Our domestic violence survivors will be sharing their heart-wrenching stories as we play Dress Up and boost our self-esteem with amazing couture gowns. The gorgeous gowns will help make the overwhelm and horror of these real-life stories more palatable. Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.

15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.

The Brides of Eden are working to address that gruesome statistic by providing greenhouse dome gardens to the food banks where these desperate families turn for help! Our domes will allow them to grow and distribute life-giving Eden-based foods to those children and families needing nutritious foods. You can support us by attending one of our parties, by making a donation, or joining our crowdfunding program. Just liking our social media pages or forwarding an email can serve us greatly. Thank you!
 
So much great news. We are ready to rock the new year. We have six Dress-up Party Fundraisers happening in the next 60 days. Grab your tickets now before they are gone!
We had a killer photo shoot recently at Pioneer Place Shopping Center and the Portland Louis Vuitton store. Our photographer Mike Lindberg is a dream maker. He will be capturing the precious moments at our Dress-Up parties. And God Bless the management at Pioneer Place for making it snow for us!
 

We are preparing to hit up the Louis Vuitton Corporation for a sizable sponsorship. Hold the vision for us. We are also trolling for local sponsors starting today.

Brides of Eden dome for LV
This is just a mock-up of what we hope to do with Louis Vuitton. We have NO relationship with the company as yet.
​If that isn’t fun enough – we have a glow-in-the-dark gown.
It floats too.
You’ll have to come to a party to see that!
The Brides of Eden are also raising funds through a very unique, community-driven, Pay-It-Forward  crowdfunding program, where each project works to help fund the others. Check it out and jump in. Your cause is important too.
 
OK – It’s time to grab your tickets for our January Dress-up Party Fundraisers. There are four party times to choose from and four donation levels to consider. Whether you can only afford a $5 love offering or you can easily do a $1000 love offering, you will be treated to a day of playing Princess that you will never forget. Or snag a ticket for a friend that needs an empowerment day! Just Do It!

I was blessed to attend the Couture Wedding Gown Show at Portland Fashion Week in Pioneer Square on Wednesday. What an incredible event – beautifully run and chalk full of great artistic clothing, incredible music, beautiful people and smart marketing. What fun I had uploading photos to social media as the Phototag booth pumped them out ,and beautiful, smiling professionals sprinted them to my chair.

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Unlike our fated wedding dress flash dance event I was totally welcome at Pioneer Square and the crowd loved our signature gown. A top couture designer asked for photos with the dress, several gorgeous models said yes to joining us, a make-up artist from the Aveda Institute and more. We have found a home in the fashion industry. Three different designers that evening spoke of their love of nature and gardening and honoring the Earth with their garments. The Brides of Eden and our beautiful gardens fit right in.

Saturday, October 4th I will be wearing the gown at the Convention Center for the Bridal Expo, seeking donations for signatures. The Brides of Eden are moving and need to raise more money for the food bank we are gifting our first dome to. They need soil and seeds and blocks and tools. We need a home, more inventory and supplies and marketing dollars.IMG_20140929_151246_080

On a personal note… My skin cancer is almost gone. The giant bump is gone and the rest of my face is nearly symptom free. I will post another cancer vlog later today. Thanks for everyone’s loving support. The Garden of Eden is restoring my health.

Alternating my time between my cancer journey and documenting it and my journey as a Stand Up comic to get national attention for my cause. Kind of a nice balance. I am doing great with my natural healing journey with my skin cancer. I will have a fresh vlog up later today. Thanks for everyone’s support!!! Here is my audition tape for Last Comic Standing. Please take a peek.

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