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April 18, 2017 > Boldly Me celebrates uniqueness at Promise Event

Boldly Me celebrates uniqueness at Promise Event

By Philip Kobylarz

Many in our community face the personal challenge of transcending emotional hurdles brought about by illness, birth conditions, medical procedures, injury, disease, or self-identity issues. Thankfully Boldly Me is here to help. Created in 2012, the nonprofit is dedicated to raising public awareness for those who feel different and need a helping hand when it comes to the crucial concept of acceptance. On Saturday, April 29, Boldly Me holds its annual ÒPromise EventÓ fundraiser at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose campus in Fremont to support their extensive community outreach.

President and visionary founder Alanna Powell has had alopecia (a hair loss autoimmune disease) for most of her life. However, she did not let this impede her dreams of a career, family, and now this extension of herself in Boldly Me. As a child of judgmental American culture as most of us are, Powell quickly understood the need for education and acceptance of those who do not fit the bill of "normal."

Her vision is to grow the foundation internationally; to teach children and families everywhere that compassion, physical wellness, and financial stability are the keys to living and thriving. Often, those in dire medical situations turn to self-destructive means as a way of coping. Boldly Me aims to be a resource that puts those in need on a path to enlightenment and understanding, acceptance and health.

PowellÕs BoldJourney Program, a self-esteem and communications effort that serves K-12 and transitional age youths (18-25), recently earned a 2017 Hero Award from Santa Clara County. It enables university students to study early childhood and development, social work, and psychology at San Jose State University, UC Davis and, in the future, Stanford University.

Her going-against-the-grain philosophy is simple: Rather than hide whatever unique aspect separates individuals from the crowd, people can learn to accept and embrace the differences they face. This mindset reduces anxiety and equals more health. Living boldly leads to living freely.

Boldly Me offers a wide variety of services that include classes (e.g. theatre, fitness, and meditation) and counseling on a private basis. It sponsors recreational events such as social mixers and has hosted a Bingo Night in West Hollywood and a Water Gala event in Fremont.

The 5th annual Promise Event fundraiser will consist of a cavalcade of events. At 4 p.m. there will be a pre-party for those unable to attend later activities. Appetizers will be served and entertainment provided as well as an art gallery and wine tasting opportunity, silent auction, and dessert auction.

The list of auction donors is impressive: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Oakland Zoo, USS Hornet Museum, Starbucks, Martial Arts America, Blue & Gold Fleet, Club Sport, Creative Images by Jessica, Gilroy Gardens, Livermore Valley Performing Art Center, Sauced BBQ & Spirits, San Francisco Sailing Company, Wente Vineyards, Thais Helena Studio, Hanna Gibson Glass, Monterrey Bay Aquarium, SF Giants, and many, many more.

The main event takes place at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes tri-tip steak, twice-baked red potatoes, green beans, teriyaki salmon, quinoa, garlic green beans, five-cheese pasta with vodka sauce, and grilled vegetables. Donations can be made for mixed drinks, wine, and beer, while coffee, hot tea, and lemonade will be served for free.

Leedah Wong will be the eveningÕs inspirational speaker, with student testimonials, an address by Kristin Goldthorpe of Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute, guitar music, a poetry reading, dance presentations, baton twirling demonstrations, and a flash mob, all leading to a dessert auction featuring culinary creations including Chef Michael's Kahlua Creme Puffs, Dolce La Vita's Chocolate Ganache Cakes, Lauren's Homemade Cookies, Harriet's Famous Brownies, and more.

The hope is that $150,000 can be raised with the money going to assist 10,000 children and their families. Boldly Me also intends to create another program of empowerment in edutainment videos available in English and Spanish. The Boldly Me Promise Event is a great opportunity for the people of the Bay Area to strengthen our community.

The deadline for ticket purchases and sponsorships is April 24. Tickets are $100 and children are welcome to attend.

Boldly Me Promise Event
Saturday, Apr 29
4:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Ð 8:30 p.m.
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Assembly Room
43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(408) 768-9257
Tickets: $100

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