BENEFITING: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
EVENT DATE: Nov 17, 2011
Sewing into Dreams ~ With Stitches of Hope is an event celebrating the life and validating the dreams of Lauren Alexandria Lewis. Even more so, it is an event that will raise funds to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – the hospital that saved her life and made the pursuit of her dreams a possibility.
The event will feature a performance of fashion, opera and ballet, being referred to as a “Fashionoperallet.” It will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the Clark Opera House located at 6745 Wolf River Parkway in Memphis, Tennessee. At 5:00 p.m. there will be a special reception and silent auction organized by Sally Baker-Brenner of The Source. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy an assortment of delicious items prepared by students of L'École Culinaire. Tickets are $50 per person.
For tickets, please visit www.sewingintodreams.org.
In 2005, at the age of one, Lauren was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer. Her parents, Ken and Benita and sister Kennedy, who was two at the time, moved from Huntsville, AL to Memphis, TN with Lauren who underwent treatment at St. Jude for seven months. Lauren, with the help of her dedicated team of doctors and other health care providers, beat the cancer. She is now seven years old.
Benita, who took special care to always dress her daughter up during her ordeal, believed that doing so would help Lauren focus on being a little girl rather than a patient. It may be because of this that Lauren began to develop her own sense of fashion at the age of two. At the age of five Benita noticed that Lauren would sit and draw clothing on the little stick figures she thought of as her “fashion models.” This passion continued as Lauren began to demonstrate her fashion sense in the way she dressed herself – always having her own ideas about the way she wanted to look. Although exasperating at times, Benita realized the need to nurture her child’s creativity.
She was doing so when she asked Lauren what type of birthday party she wanted for her seventh birthday. Lauren expressed her desire to have a “fashion-themed party” and not only that, actually designed the dresses for her ten guests to wear. So Benita set out to make the ten little dresses and ran into a road block. Acting on the suggestion of a friend that I might be a good person to ask for help, Benita called me. What has transpired since our first conversation is a wonderful event made possible by an outpouring of love for Lauren and support for the place that is making it possible for children across the globe to live out their dreams by first giving them a chance at life – St. Jude Hospital.
Lauren’s collection of ten little dresses will come to life by a group of ten Memphis area seamstresses who make up our “Dream Maker Team.” Members of the team were introduced to Lauren at a special tea sponsored and hosted by Shelley Baur at L'École Culinaire. The dresses will be worn and presented in a special performance by a group of young ballerinas from Dunbar Elementary School trained by Katie Smythe, renowned ballet dancer, instructor and Creative Director for the New Ballet Ensemble and School.
Also shown that evening and worn by various women from the Memphis Community will be a mini collection of wearable art apparel from MG Ballard Designs. The fashion show will be directed by Babbie Lovett – a Memphis fashion icon. The musical background will be provided by Opera Memphis.