The Annual Fall Breakfast - 2014
Our annual Fall Breakfast took place on Thursday, September 9, at the beautiful Shenandoah Valley Country Club. Fifty-four women gathered in the sun-filled room to share conversation, be inspired by our key note speaker and bid on stunning flower arrangements and silent auction items to help support our Girl Grant program.
The keynote speaker was Barbara Frank, author of the Princess Trilogy that chronicles the women of one lineage and their loss and rediscovery of one another. From enslavement in Africa to an antebellum descendant in Shenandoah Valley and finally to another descendant in Civil Rights era Georgia, the women struggle to maintain their mystical heritage of feminine wisdom against overwhelming cultural forces. Ms. Frank, a gifted speaker and historian, displayed the original bill of sale of Aggie, a young slave girl around whom the second novel in the series revolves. The bill of sale was discovered in the attic of the historical house, Mt. Zion, Barbara purchased in the Valley. The discovery of the bill of sale was the catalyst for the creation of the Princess Trilogy.
So many people helped with making the breakfast a wonderful event. Special thanks go to Elaine Faucher who grew and created the beautiful floral arrangements on every table and to our sponsors, Rappahannock Electric, and Mary Ellen South. Silent auction items were generously donated by the following businesses: Blake & Company, Beau Monde, Beth Medved Waller, Blue Skies Wellness, Cheryl Langlais, Gathered, Glen Manor Winery, Little Sugar Naturals, Shenandoah Confections, Tres Bella and Gourmet Delights. Generous donors to our $100 Circle were Elaine Faucher, Lynn Bement, Rev Barbara Hanh-Campanella, Lorraine Hultquist, Beth Waller and JoEllen McNeal. Janet Maucione, Events Manager at Shenandoah Valley Country Club, is a dream to work with and makes every event memorable. A round of applause goes to Lee Meyer, Program Chair, and all the board members who assisted with all the tasks at the breakfast. It truly does take a village.
Below are a few pictures from the morning.