Moureen joins Sam, Cate, & Brian before the event.

Georgia Community Comes Together to Support One of Their Own
FIRST member Sam Z. and her husband Brian are the proud parents of 4 ½ -year-old Cate who is affected with lamellar ichthyosis.

Sam held an event for FIRST last May, called High Heels & Handbags ~ a Girls' Night Out. It was such a terrific success, that she planned another event for this year’s awareness month celebrations.

This year’s event was even bigger and better than last year! There were more purses, more shoes, more attendees, more money raised, and much more awareness about ichthyosis and FIRST!

The event was held at the clubhouse of a local subdivision.  Approximately 70 people attended this Girls' Night Out and purchased like-new handbags and shoes. Sam even created a permanent Facebook page for the event called High Heels & Handbags - Atlanta  An additional 35 people participated in the Facebook auction. There was also a raffle with many great items donated for participants to win.

FIRST’s Program Director Moureen Wenik happened to be in the Atlanta area for the Georgia Dermatology Physician's Assistants-Dermatology Pearls meeting.  After the meeting, Moureen was able to attend Sam’s event, which was a great way for the entire town of Cumming, Georgia to get to learn more about FIRST and ichthyosis.

Sam has a close group of friends who wanted to help her with the event. They were instrumental helping make the evening so successful. Stephanie C. donated her professional photography services for the event; Ashley S. handled all of the food; Marisa C. was in charge of location and logistics; and Nicki W. and Randi A. were instrumental in so many ways! Sam extends a huge thank you to these women who dedicated hours of their time because of their commitment to her family.

This event is becoming so well-known in the Cumming area that Sam has already started receiving donations for the 2013 event!  More people have volunteered to work on the executive committee for next year and FIRST members in other states have reached out to learn how to run this event in their own state.

The efforts of Sam and her friends raised more than $2,500 for FIRST! We are so appreciative of everyone’s hard work on our behalf.

A very happy shopper. Sam helps an attendee with her items.  Shoppers look over everything.
A beautiful painting for the raffle. Just a few of the many raffles available. 









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