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Monday, April 26, 2010

Atlanta Trip, Part 4



Atlanta (March 5, 2010) – Donors to thePossible Woman Foundation International(PWFI) will get a chance to meet the women whose lives they are helping to change at an event Monday, April 19. Orchidea: A Celebration of New Beginnings will be held at the Wimbish House (Atlanta Woman’s Club) at 1150 Peachtree St. in Atlanta. The event starts with a wine reception at 6:30 followed by dinner at 7:00.

Well-known radio personality Vikki Locke is the Honorary Chair of the event. A member of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, the Roswell resident has been waking up Atlanta morning radio listeners for over 20 years. In addition to her professional success, she is passionate about donating time to help others.

The event’s name – Orchidea – was chosen to reflect that the recipients, like orchids, are strong enough to adapt, survive and thrive despite life’s many setbacks. They have overcome the challenges that caused their dreams of higher education to be delayed or interrupted, and are on their way to fulfilling their vision of success.

PWFI has provided more than $150,000 in scholarships since 2001, giving women the opportunity to return to the workforce and advance professionally. One hundred percent of PWFI's operating expenses are paid by the contributions made by its board members; outside donations go directly to scholarships and minimal related expenses.

PWFI is a 501(c) 3 non-profit foundation that gives scholarships to women and is funded solely through contributions. Although both organizations were founded by Linda Wind, The Possible Woman Foundation International and Wind Enterprises, which conducts the Possible Woman Leadership Conferences, are separate entities with no financial or legal affiliation.

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This part of the blog is about how incredibly wonderful all of us felt on the night of the banquet. Refer to Part 3 for pictures of the lovely place that it was held. When we first arrived, we were all full of 'oohs & aahs' at the beauty of the place. We soon realized that we would be the main attraction--it was all about us on banquet night! We were made to feel so special--even our name tags had a special ribbon on them to signify us as the award recipients.


M., K., and Me--so excited to be there!


Each person was genuinely excited to meet us, thrilled for us, and just happy to be there.


After many, many photos, we went to the dining area, where the tables were set for 10--one scholarship recipient and 9 others. I wish I would have thought to take a picture of the gorgeous meal as it was served. I am not sure what all was on my salad plate, but it was delicious! The entrée was either chicken or pork wrapped around some sort of dressing/stuffing--very tasty; fresh asparagus spears, and roasted potatoes, with peppers. Dessert was a glass of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries with a hint of glaze drizzled on top. Yummy!

As we were eating, they called us up one at a time to tell our 'story'. I was called first. I stood on the stage while D.B. read her prepared remarks about me being a cancer survivor, a mom, a volunteer, etc., and the academic goals I have set. When she handed me my certificate and hugged me, she asked if I wanted to say something. The first thing I told the audience was, "They did not tell us we were going to speak." That drew some laughter. I thanked them, of course, and told them that they have changed my life with this scholarship. I was happy to tell them that I will be graduating with my Bachelor's next May, a whole year before my son graduates from high school. I don't think I said anything else, but I remember them applauding me as I walked back to my seat. Each of the other winners were called up one at a time, and we heard their stories as well. I had not read their bios ahead of time (they were printed out for us to see at the table), so as I listened to each one, I was thinking, "Wow! I am not even worthy of this!" All of us have overcome adversity in our lives, and all of us have goals to better ourselves with education. We also plan a career that will help others in some way. Advocates, nurses, teachers, counselors--each of us wants to give back in some way.

At the end, we heard many more congratulations, received many more hugs, and continued to feel overwhelmingly blessed. Then our drivers arrived to return us to the hotel. (It still cracks me up that we had drivers!) No one really wanted to say good night, although our feet hurt, and those that had flown in were really tired. Two ladies were to fly out early in the morning to return home, while the rest of us were staying for the women's conference.



I was 'appreciating' the art at the hotel.


This is the inside of the hotel, where you can look straight up the middle and see every floor; it was quite a sight.

I was ready for bed after talking to my guys at home. We went to our room and crashed as soon as we could. It was a long day for me, and that hotel bed and fluffy pillows felt really, really good!

11 comments:

  1. Know that I'm continuing to pray at this end!
    Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
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  2. The Lord is with you right now, lifting you up, giving you strength! Always praying!
    Isaiah 40:28-31 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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  3. Praying hard in Seattle!
    Psalms 46:1-5 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
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  4. Know that you're in my thoughts and prayers right now!
    Psalms 37:39-40 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
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  5. What a blessing and comfort to have eyewitness testimony of Christ's life. Praying!
    I John 1:1-4: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
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  6. These verses are so comforting. Continuing to pray!
    Revelation 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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  7. Lifting up prayers!
    II Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
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  8. I loved reading your comments about the evening. It was just as special for us! Thanks for being a part of it.

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  9. Continuing to pray!
    Romans 8:35, 36-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?...Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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  10. Praying right now!
    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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  11. You're always in my thoughts and prayers!
    Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
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