On a personal note

by Julie on April 11, 2012

in Cleveland

Hi all!

I just got back from another Blondes vs. Brunettes committee meeting. We are all very excited because we have a Battle of the Bombshells happy hour coming up next week on Wednesday, April 18 at Around the Corner in Lakewood! It starts at 6 pm and we will be featuring guest bartenders and raffling off some amazing prizes (free booze, anyone?). RSVP through the Facebook event or just show up!

It’s not too late to sign up to be a player for the June 16th Football Game! You are required to attend 4 practices (there will be a lot to choose from) and raise $250 for the cause (which, honestly is nothing! I’m certain you would raise more than that).

On a personal note:

On the outside, Blondes vs. Brunettes is all fun and games. We have happy hours leading up to a big football game event, but the whole point is to raise money for a disease that negatively impacts almost everyone. I think everyone I know has had at least someone close to them suffer or is currently suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Back in August of 2010, I wrote a post called Colorful bubbe which was a tribute to my grandmother (bubbe) who suffered from Alzheimer’s. When I lived in Pittsburgh for my internship year, I would frequently visit her in the retirement home to give her some companionship. It was pretty brutal watching her go from someone who would pinch my cheeks and tell say, “You look maaaavelous, daahhh-ling” to someone who barely recognized me. Some days, she would sit there, hold my hands, and stare at me and I’d be lucky for even a flinch of recognition.

Still, I went. I went when I could and it just became harder and harder. Frequently, she would cry. Her mind a jumbled mess of memories that she tried desperately to untangle. Sometimes, she would laugh. At what, I did not know… but I lived for those moments of giggles. Just her personality I guess.

I am volunteering for this event in honor of my grandparents. While my grandfather did not have Alzheimer’s, I know he always supported and loved my grandmother no matter what. Up until the day he died, her needs always came before his. They had the greatest love story. I am doing this for them.

There are so many charities and volunteer positions to choose from, but it’s rare when you have the opportunity to be involved with a new event to Cleveland. I think all of us, readers and bloggers, want to support Cleveland as much as possible and welcome new events and opportunities. This is such a wonderful time to get involved with an organization that hits home to many people.

I encourage you to get involved. If you cannot commit to being a player, I ask that you tweet about the events and blog about it if you have a blog. I speak for everyone on the committees: THANK YOU, Cleveland!

xo

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Kimberly @ SMITTEN...in cleveland April 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

What an inspiring post. I wish us all that kind of unwavering love. This is a great and fun event to raise money for something so heartbreaking.
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Rachel April 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Very inspiring post! It sounds like a blast and I would love to get involved and play… but I’m a red-head :) Guess I’ll just send out some tweets

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Julie April 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Nooooo red-heads are lucky because they get to pick a side. Join us!!!!

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Rachel April 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

AH! I just signed up! I picked brunettes because it’s my natural color even though I haven’t seen it in 10 years. I’m excited!!

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Jen @ Why CLE? April 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

What a beautiful post! So great to know the personal connection for you with this cause.
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Blog The New Black April 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

What a lovely post! Your family seems truly amazing and I admire your commitment to them :) Best of luck at the game!
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