Monday, October 27, 2014

Regal Recap | Bailey R. Moore Foundation Fashion Show & Luncheon

My sister and her roommate, aka - the Bailey booth helpers!

If you've been reading along, you are familiar with the story of my sister who passed away from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the age of 14 in March of 2011. While undergoing treatment, it was her wish to give back to people in our community who had been so generous to her, and our family, while she was sick. Unfortunately, she was unable to fulfill this dream herself, which is why we founded the Bailey R. Moore Foundation–an established 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization–in her honor. Through this foundation, we work to provide as many students from my hometown as we can with $1,000 scholarships.

Anyone who met my sister felt an immediate connection to her. During her entire illness she maintained her bright and vibrant personality that she was known for and inspired others to “Be More”. This mantra, along with her signature phrase “Let it Go” has been instilled in the foundation and our work. This was her phrase long before the movie Frozen. Ha!

Each fall we do a fundraiser to help build the scholarship fund and this year was no exception. We held the annual B Moore Fashion Show and Luncheon on Sunday, October 19, and were able to raise enough money through t-shirt sales and donations to keep the Foundation progressing forward and growing. We even had a local boutique, Satori Crystal Boutique, that generously brought their fall items to showcase alongside the Bailey-gear, and also donated 25% of their proceeds to the Foundation. We know Bailey would have LOVED to see where we have taken her dream and I'm proud of the work we've been able to accomplish in just four short years.

At the end of the event, we always launch balloons to celebrate another fundraising event, and this year was no exception. After we got everything packed up, we went outside to launch our balloons and congratulate each other on another job well done. Don't worry, I made sure the balloons were biodegradable too!


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12 comments:

  1. What an amazing thing you all do to remember her. It sounds like you all have accomplished so much since starting the foundation!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. Thank you, Darcy! Shortly after she passed away, we started working to set up the foundation and even offered scholarships that year too. :) Thank you for your kind words.

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  2. Wow, this is an incredible post. It's amazing to hear that you and your family are doing whatever you can to not only make a difference in other people's lives, but to also carry on your sister's memory.

    Thanks for sharing this story :)

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

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    1. Thank you, Jackie! We have tried to carry out Bailey's wishes the best way we know how. Through the Foundation, we've truly been able to make an impact in those around us, just as she would have wanted. Thank you for your kind words, and stopping by to read!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your story, very inspiring!

    xo Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. Thank you, Shauna! We try and have fun while working on fundraising.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this story. Jamie, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember the gorgeous black dress you wore for another related event and was amazed then too. This is such a special way to celebrate your sister.

    So fun to have you both comment on my blog. I just love you all! Kacie I love that we have a similar story and that you just took photos too! So cool. I hope you will share some here.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. Thank you for you kind words, Amy Ann! Bailey was an amazing person, and even at 14 you knew she had some much to do in life. The black dress was for another cancer benefit dinner, but I was happy to dress up and donate to the cause. Love that you are one of our readers and your comments are very genuine and heartfelt.

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  5. Such an amazing thing to do to honor your sister, Jaime- she sounds like she was a strong + bright light despite her illness. She would be so happy you guys are carrying on her memory by helping people in this way! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Thank you! She was definitely a firework, that's for sure!

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  6. Aww thanks for sharing about your sister. Looks like a great event.

    Thanks for linking up with MMG :)

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    1. Thank you Kimberlee! It was a great event and we were able to build enough funding for scholarships for years to come. Thank you for stopping by!

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