May 2009

MLB People All-Stars Among Us

Major League Baseball in conjunction with People magazine has launched a campaign looking for “People All-Stars Among Us.”  The top All-Star in our area will travel to St. Louis for the July 14 All-Star game to be honored during the festivities.

We each have run across an amazing person making a difference in the community make. While All-Stars in your book we would like others to learn of these efforts. By visiting www.peopleallstars.com you can share the stories of individuals working to make your community a better place. Nominations must be 50 words or less, include a photograph and the All-Star must be at least 16 years of age. A photograph can be a group shot or organizational logo and the birth date can be approximate.   The deadline to submit is Friday, May 22 and voting will take place June 8-24.  Please share this information with your community.  We hope to see one of our local All-Stars standing tall among Major League Baseball’s All-Stars.

Below are the All-Stars Among Us…

Christy
My neighbors have always been an important part of my life.  In fact, my brothers and I have always thought of them as a second set of parents because of their kindness and contributions to our own lives.

  
Not only have they helped us to succeed in life, but they have also selflessly given to others in the community as well.  A couple of years ago, a family in our town suffered from a severe fire in their home.  Many of the family’s belongings were lost and the family was left without a home for some time.  My neighbors, who own a second house in our community as well, offered the family their second home for free while they worked to repair their fire-damaged home.  The family suffering from the fire graciously accepted my neighbors’ generous offer and stayed in the house until they were able to move back into their home.  I believe that my neighbors’ generosity and concern for another family in our community makes them all-stars!

Katie T
For about 18 years, Betsy Billie has been an “all-star” in the West Chester community.  Over the years, she has contributed so much of her time and heart to help families in need. 

Betsy started out as a kindergarten teacher and then moved her way up to Executive Director.  In her years, she has written numerous time-consuming grants in order to receive many new and updated toys, furniture and a playground!  She is an ultimate advocate whether she is supporting the families and/or staff and is very knowledgeable in her career.  For the staff, she has increased bonuses and yearly raises in a line of work that is known for very low wages.  She continues to be actively involved by making phone calls to get more information or to check up on families or to build connections with the community her day care serves.       

Her hours spent at the workplace and doing work for the center are innumerable.  She frequently comes in early and stays late including weekends.  She will give you a ride to wherever if you need one.  Talk about busy; she barely has time to take a bite of her sandwich when she is already lending an ear to someone.  She makes her staff and families a priority while building close relationships with all of them.

Her love, understanding, patience and generosity are apparent in all that she has accomplished and established for the staff and families of the WCADCC community

Debbie
I would like to recognize the entire Philadelphia Police Department as our All Stars.  These men and women put their lives on the line each and every day, facing real criminals with very real and dangerous weapons, to protect our communities and our families.  Police Officers dedicate their lives to working in an occupation where life and death too often meet; they wear their uniforms proudly and perform their duties with strength and courage, as well as compassion.  They’re faced with circumstances not everyone would like to encounter; they are protectors who go above and beyond to serve their community.  These remarkable people demonstrate ceaseless dedication and bravery, as well as selfless courage and heroism, just to protect the citizens in our communities.  So I would like to applaud the Philadelphia Police Department, all Law Enforcement, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us all.  Thank you for all you have done and still continue to do to keep us safe.  You are my “All-Stars”!   

Sam
I feel that all teachers deserve to be noticed as an all-star. The teachers that I have learned from have provided me with the information and skills that I needed to be successful in the next stage of my education. One teacher that sticks out in my mind is my English teacher from my senior year of high school.  Mr. Kulak was the teacher that truly prepared me for college and was the only teacher that got me to enjoy reading (he was actually the only teacher that got me to finish an entire book). If it wasn’t for him I would have been extremely overwhelmed with the college experience in general.

 
One of the activities we would do actually helped me with the tryout process to become a Ballgirl. Every Friday we would do a public speaking activity called “The Hot Seat”. Each student would get asked a random question and would then have to answer on the spot in front of the entire class. This activity helped me during tryouts when Scott Palmer was interviewing me. The interview part was the most difficult part of the tryout for me because I had never done anything like it before. Right before I was called in I just kept saying to myself “It’s like the Hot Seat”. That calmed me down and made feel a little more confident going in there. I am about to graduate college in June, and it has made me think of all the people that have helped me get to where I am today.  Mr. Kulak is definitely one of those people!

Katie H
Nick DeSantis is a true All-Star. At just 24 years of age, he saved his good friend Jason Kilderry’s life. Jason was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease at the age of 14. This is a degenerative genetic disease that he and three other family members had. Even though Jason had this kidney disease, he still went on living his life as normal as possible.
Jason and Nick were both on the Rowan University’s Cross Country team together which is where they first became good friends. About a year ago, Jason’s kidneys started to fail. He was in and out of hospitals dealing with this life threatening disease. Jason eventually had to have both of his kidneys removed. Doctor’s told Jason that it was time to start searching for a kidney donor. Out of all of Jason’s friends, the only match was Nick DeSantis. Nick had to make the biggest decision of his life and agreed to give Jason one of his kidneys. On April 9, 2009, Jason successively received one of Nick’s healthy kidneys. Today, Jason is finally living a healthy life. Because of Nick’s gracious gift, Jason will eventually be able to fulfill his life’s passions of running, triathlons, and training others. Nick DeSantis is without a doubt the biggest All-Star in my community.

 

Relay for Life Fashion show

For the third year in a row, we were asked by the Relay For Life iin Macungie, PA to participate in their annual fashion show.  If you look back to our blogs in April you will see pics from last year’s event.  Ten of us participated in the event and wanted to share our experiences…one thing we all figured out, modeling is hard!!!!

 



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In case you don’t know I’m a Phillies ball girl and that means I represent the team on the field and off. On the field, I love backhand dives, running groundballs out and close plays at the plate. Once the game is over however, I trade in my glove for my lipgloss and a cute outfit which is why the Relay for Life fashion show was such a blast!  What girl doesn’t love being pampered with hair and make-up? I’m pretty sure that everyone of us played dress up as kids and it felt good to relive those days. Besides being able to show off fun clothes, it felt great being able to partner with the American Cancer Society and contribute to a great cause. 

Danielle
The fashion show was a blast!  We arrived at the Hotel Bethlehem at 10am for hair and makeup.  After getting beautified, we tried on our outfits for the designers.  My first outfit was from Francesca’s – it was a black cotton dress, with metallic shoes and jewelry, and a matching clutch.  My second outfit was from Harley Davidson.  It consisted of a cream colored short sleeve button up shirt with the Harley logo, black stretch pants, and matching cream extremely tall stillettos!  To top it off, I sported a leather Harley Davidson purse.  My final outfit was from Marla’s collection.  It was a black v-neck in the front and back dress with slightly frayed fringe along the outline of the arms.  My shoes were black with a red strap and wore a matching necklace.  Walking the runway was really fun, too.  We all went one by one and right before we were finished, we stopped in front of the photographer and striked a pose!

McKenzie
I didn’t really know what to expect for the fashion show, but I was definitely very excited. When we got there we got our hair and makeup done for us. I LOVED how they did my hair, I got huge curls and then it was teased and put up, it looked great! All of the makeup girls were also unbelievable, the colors they used looked great with all of our outfits. The best part of the fashion show was that it was for a really great cause, to help fight cancer. There were a few little kids that walked in the show with us, and they were absolutely adorable! It’s great to think that we were all a part of something that can be a tiny piece of helping to improve their lives!

 


 

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Jordan
The Relay for Life Fashion Show made me feel a bit like I was trying out for Top Model!! It was such a fun experience!  We started off early, getting to the hotel at 10am, and were pampered by girls doing our hair and make-up.  The girls all looked gorgeous! Personally I have never worn that much make-up in my life, but it was still really fun to try it out for the day.  Being the only girl who sports curly hair on a regular basis (even though Irena HAS curly Q’s but opts to straighten them), I went through the most pain while getting my hair done, due to the curls being brushed and pulled apart in order to re-curl it with a curling iron.  Do you know how much that hurts?! Nonetheless I made it through, but not without an interesting showing of faces.  The clothes were very different, but the most different and interesting outfit was watching Christy wear leather gloves and a leather jacket, all while stomping down the runway in black stiletto heals with a motorcycle helmet in hand to sport Harley Davidson attire.  The sweetest, most cheerful, and innocent girl in Harley Davidson had to be the highlight of the show, and yet, she was able to pull it off and actually look like she belonged in a motorcycle gang!!  When the Ball Girl gig wears off for Christy, we at least know she would fit in on Top Model.  Overall, it was so great, especially to have ten of us girls all in one spot at the same time (since we are scattered all over, doing different events and games, and most of the time only two or three of us at once), and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Irena
The fashion show for Relay for Life was a great time for a great cause! It’s rare that so many of us girls get together for one event. So, when it happens…it’s always a good time. Our make-up and hair looked fabulous and our outfits were very nice. Most of us had three outfits to show. So, once the show started, we were running all over the place making sure we had the right outfit on with the correct accessories. I would have to say my favorite part of the day was watching Christy try to fit into some chaps. That’s right…chaps! It was the most hilarious part of the day!

Christy
The Relay for Life Fashion Show was a blast!  Whenever the ballgirls have the chance to work together as a team, we always have a lot of fun!  One of the best parts about being a ballgirl is the opportunity to attend various charity events.  This was my second year participating in this fashion show, and it was just as fun this year as it was last year.  I admit; however, modeling a wide variety of clothing lines can be pretty challenging!  A lot of times the clothes that you are asked to wear may not be “your style,” but you need to pretend that it’s your clothing type.  For example, one of my outfits came from the Harley Davidson clothing line.  I had on a leather jacket, leather gloves and I even carried a motorcycle helmet!  I LOVED the outfit because it was the complete opposite of my personality…I’ve never been on a motorcycle before, but the clothes made me feel really tough!  Overall, it was such a great day because we were all working together to help raise money for a great cause.

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Lauren
It’s always fun to have stylists do your hair and makeup!  They gave us really colorful eye shadow, which is something I never wear myself, so it was a nice change.  The whole show is a fun experience, because we get to feel like real models for a day… but you really get to experience how hard models work.  Fashion shows are so tiring!!!  I fell asleep very early that night!  But it’s definitely all worth it, because Relay for Life is such a great cause.

Alison
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Macungie Fashion Show was held in Bethlehem, PA on April 26, 2009.  We ballgirls were asked to model some of the clothing, which we were more than happy to do!  We arrived at Hotel Bethlehem and made our way up to the loft above the Grand Ballroom.  Everyone was there – designers with their racks of clothing, shoes, and accessories, the makeup artists with their makeup spread out covering a whole table, and the hair stylists with their curling irons, flat irons, clips, hairspray, and everything imaginable.  We were ushered right in to sit down for hair and makeup, which took several hours!  In between, we were fitted for the different outfits we would be wearing in the show.  It was fun to see what the designers had picked out for us.  Luckily, most of the clothes fit!  We had a couple practice runs, and before we knew it, it was time for the show to start!  With the music playing, one by one, we strutted our clothing through the ballroom in between tables of onlookers.  I kept thinking, “don’t trip, one step at a time” haha!  We did this for each line of clothing.  In between, we had to run upstairs to quickly change into our next outfits and fix any hair/makeup issues!  It was fast-paced but fun.  In the end, I think everyone enjoyed the show and a good amount of money was raised for Relay For Life.  It’s a really great event and I am very happy to have been a part of it!

 

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