It’s In The Bag–Hope For Women Of Domestic Abuse

This post was written by C. Y. Cooper

A large enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the “IT’S IN THE BAG” LUNCHEON & AUCTION held Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The luncheon and auction benefitted the important and extraordinary work of THE LADDER ALLIANCE, a Fort Worth based organization, founded by Sharon Cox.  The mission of The Ladder Alliance is to provide women victims of domestic violence and low-income women with the necessary tools to lead self-reliant, independent and successful lives.

On hand for the luncheon and auction were not only supporters of the organization but also several graduates of The Ladder Alliance programs.  The silent auction with over 100 items included handbags, jewelry, wine, sports packages and restaurant dining.  NBC 5 news anchor Deborah Ferguson was the emcee for the luncheon.

Beside the items up for auction, a powerful, serious display entitled “In Her Shoes……” visible to everyone in attendance, clearly drove home the point regarding domestic violence in our society.  Each pair of shoes represented a woman killed in the state of Texas in 2014-2105 by someone who had been an intimate partner along with a tag bearing the name of the woman and the city where she resided.

The Ladder Alliance, an established 501 (c)(3) organization serves between 300-400 women each year.  Throughout the year two programs are offered to assist women in their climb to independence.  The programs are Basic Computer Skills Training & Professional Office Skills Training.

The Ladder Alliance is located at 1100 Hemphill Street, Suite 302, Fort Worth, TX 76104 or you can call them at 817.834.2100 for more information to assist someone. To see more about them, visit their website by clicking The Ladder Alliance.

Remember “It’s in the bag” because “thisisyourbestyear”.

Put On Some Pink For A Great Cause

It’s time to put on your pink and get ready to see some great fashion, participate in great raffles, but most of all get ready to help the women of North Texas get the medical attention they deserve.

“Puttin on the Pink”  is hosted by the Kupferle Health Board of the Texas Health Resources Foundation.  The proceeds from this fashion luncheon helps fund their mobile unit.  This mobile unit is the doctor’s office on wheels that provides much needed service to women who might otherwise not have access to healthcare.

This year’s event is co-chaired by Sharon Crockett and Heather Senter.  These ladies have worked hard to make sure this years event continues the legacy that the volunteers started years ago to raise awareness of the mobile unit so that all women in the North Texas area have the opportunity to get the services they need.

Sharon became involved in the Puttin on the Pink when she learned that her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.   She soon realized that almost everyone knew someone who has been affected by some form of cancer.  Realizing that some people don’t know about the medical exam they should take, or they knew but didn’t have resources they needed to attain these services she knew she had to try and make a difference.

At the luncheon many men and women will learn about the services the mobile unit offers–these people will get the information out to many more people.  They will be able to tell that the mobile unit does:

  • Breast Cancer Screening Mammogram
  • Clinical Breast Examination
  • Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Sink Cancer Screening
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • There is also Prostate Cancer Screening for men

This years’ Puttin on the Pink fashion luncheon will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center on April 5, starting with a reception at 10:30 with the fashion luncheon at 11:30.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Put on your Pink for a great cause.

The Super Bowl And Everything That Goes With It

We are going to broadcast live on Facebook and Periscope–tweet and post on Facebook about all the festivities happening at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas–The Taste of the NFL, the NFL Experience, Ditka & Jaws Cigar Party, the game and more.  Can we say “excited” Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Who knows maybe next time we can say “We’re going to Disney World”.

Just For A Laugh

It is official as the nice man delivers yet another package to my house–I am married to the online shopping lady except she is a man. A man who never liked shopping before. As a woman of a certain age I have seen my hubby of many years have many habits, and this one is one that I could never imagined he would have.

When he had to fill out forms and send them in he wouldn’t order a lot–it took time.  The kids and I would get a few crazy gifts, you know the kind that don’t look anything like the picture. The kind that are supposed to be just as good as the nationally known product.

But lo and behold he is now kind of sort of computer literate–he discovered the internet.  We finally got him to stop opening all of the email he receives, and printing off all of the crazy information that is out there.  He now shops.

You know that lady that buys the purse in all 16 colors, 13 sizes and 14 materials all of which are fake–that’s him.  Need something to help you with a flat tire, ward off attackers, look like a diamond, ruby and/or emerald, whiten your teeth, stretch your shoes, shrink your shoes, kill mosquitoes, and so much more?  We have it.

The delivery people and the postal service know us.  In fact I’ve told them to stop coming to my house.  I run to the door as soon as they ring the bell because there is no need to sign for it, they just ring, drop and go.

The good news is that I’m going to have a great garage sale.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear“. What’s one man’s junk is another one’s treasure–yeah right.

“thisisyourbestyear” Is Ready For Some Football And More!!

“thisisyourbestyear” is covering the NFL Kickoff game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.  Also covering the Denver Food and Wine Festival. We are excited!! 

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  We are ready for some football, good food and great wine!

A Woman’s View Of The NFL Draft

**Post by CY Cooper

The 2016 NFL Draft took place on April 28-30 in the Windy City of Chicago and yours truly had the opportunity to cover it along with my good friend.  I am a huge football fan.  It was an absolute BLAST. Now the weather didn’t exactly cooperate.  Even though the calendar said it was spring, it was cloudy, cold, windy and rainy in Draft Town (Chicago).  However, the weather could not dampen the enthusiasm of the thousands of NFL fans that attended this years draft.  The first night of the draft we sat in the front row at Selection Square behind The Pit, where representatives from all of the NFL teams were seated and where they sent in the names of their picks.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made an appearance at Selection Square before the draft began.  The event at Selection Square was hosted by analysts and commentators from the NFL Network.

The following day we had the chance to visit the actual stage (the auditorium at Roosevelt University) where the commissioner greeted the new members of the league after announcing their names.  What followed next was the one of the best parts of the entire weekend.  We were invited to attend a luncheon at Ditka’s Restaurant where we met the winning Super Bowl Coach and Hall of Famer Mike Ditka along with former Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback and ESPN Analyst Ron Jaworski.  The meal at the luncheon was championship goodness, but the question and answer session with the two NFL legends was even better.  Although the draft was the main focus of my visit to Chicago, we did make a stop at two of the city’s legendary hot spots–Garrett Popcorn Shop and Giordano’s Pizza.  Now I see why they are legendary–they were fantastic.

All in all, it was a great weekend, and a lot of fun.  Next years draft is said to be in the city of brotherly love, we’re hoping to make it the city of sisterly love as we put a woman’s take on the NFL draft in 2017.

Free Event–Senior Synergy

This free event is for anyone who is of a certain age or if you are in need of information for someone who is of a certain age. This event will educate the citizens of Tarrant County, Texas about the services that are available to them. It will empower baby boomers, seniors and caregivers to live a healthier lifestyle.

There will be workshops on such topics as healthy cooking, Medicare, aging gracefully and much more. In addition to a keynote speaker who will talk on online safety, there will be free health screenings.

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Register by April 28 by calling 817.884.1234. There will also be a delicious lunch served.

Check your local areas for similar events. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Be informed.

The Flu

Just a quick note to all of you who took the flu shot–I did too, and I still came down with the flu.  The good side to it (if there is a good side) is that I went to the doctor within 48 hours of the symptoms starting. I do not self-diagnose.

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I thought I had a cold because of the stuffy nose and chills. When I couldn’t easily walk up two flights of stairs at work I knew something was wrong.  Since it was late in the day, I made an appointment at a local healthcare facility, and yes I did have to wait, but it was worth it.  The nurse swabbed my nose, and 15 minutes later the doctor delivered the news. She informed me that she would give me Tamiflu since I had come to her within 48 hours. She also informed me that the flu can be very dangerous, it can lead to pneumonia and other deadly complications.

I was told to take the meds, drink plenty of liquids and rest–I did. We as women never take the time to take care of ourselves, and we always diagnose our own medical conditions.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–go to the doctor when you don’t feel well.  By the way even with insurance Tamiflu may seem a little expensive, but feeling better is so worth it.

Protecting Women & Children (New Friends New Life)

AMAL CLOONEY TO KEYNOTE WINGS LUNCHEON BENEFITING NEW FRIENDS NEW LIFE ON APRIL 14

Internationally Known Attorney and Human Rights Activist Shares Nonprofit’s Passion to Protect Women and Children, Combat Human Trafficking and Provide Healing and Hope

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(From New Friends New Life) New Friends New Life, a nonprofit organization that restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and children, announces that Amal Clooney will headline its 13th Annual WINGS Luncheon on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Hilton Anatole Dallas.  She and her husband, famed actor and director, George Clooney, share a passion for philanthropic work with a focus on protecting human rights.  This will be her first trip to Dallas.

The Honorable Jeanne Johnson Phillips will serve as luncheon chair for the second year in a row.  Honorary Co-Chairs the former First Lady Laura Bush and Ruth Altshuler, also in their second year with the WINGS Luncheon, are joined this year by Caren Prothro and Annette Simmons as well as Board Chair Nancy Ann Hunt.

“As a human rights activist on a global scale, Amal Clooney is a perfect voice to advocate against a crime that is happening in our own backyard,” said Jeanne Johnson Phillips.  “The subject of sex trafficking and the sex industry as a whole were rarely spoken of just a few years ago, but thanks to the incredible work of organizations like New Friends New Life and a corporate community that is willing to step forward with funding, we are making huge strides to end human trafficking in Dallas and throughout Texas and empower its survivors. Clooney’s knowledge, experience, and presentation will help us educate the community and send a strong message that Dallas is a no tolerance zone for human trafficking as we strive to protect our children, an estimated 400 teens on the streets each night – the most vulnerable targets of human traffickers.”

A Lebanese-British barrister, human rights activist, philanthropist, and author, Amal Clooney’s long and accomplished career in the fields of international law and human rights have won her international acclaim. Her recent work as of 2015 has been in the field of advocating for the protection of women against physical and sexual violence in combat zones.

Serving more than 1,200 women and children annually, New Friends New Life provides holistic services for sexually exploited girls, women, and their children including access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support.  By partnering with law enforcement, corporate sponsors, community organizations and individual donors and volunteers, New Friends New Life helps to provide legal assistance, medical services, budget counseling, job-readiness training, and educational opportunities. The nonprofit’s High Risk and Trafficked Teen Girls Program offers sexual abuse recovery groups for adolescents, teaching girls, ages 12 to 17, how to define, recognize, and ultimately recover from abuse.  The program is an intervention and prevention effort to help girls avoid a lifetime of exploitation as human trafficking victims.

Past WINGS luncheon speakers have included Kevin Costner, Sally Field, Barbara P. Bush, Nicholas Sparks, and Harriet Miers.

Sponsorships are available, ranging from $2,000 to $100,000.  Contact Kelly Cruse, wings@newfriendsnewlife.org, (214) 965-0935.