These beautiful early fall days make us want to spend all day outside. Good idea to use the cool morning hours to dig a few holes in preparation for all the wonderful plants you can purchase this Saturday on the Town Green.
Today Around Davidson has news of the Annual Davidson Garden Club Sale as well as youth news of Lauren Dortch Crozier at the DNC and Ben and Daniel Wyatt joining with Alex Lee in their One by One effort in Costa Rica.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL AT THE DNC
It hardly seems possible that Charlotte hosted the DNC (Democratic National Convention) just last week. We never saw her on TV but Lauren Dortch Crozier, daughter of Bob and Barb Dortch of Davidson, was on the floor of Time Warner Arena or in the NBC booth all four days.
Lauren, a theater major at UNC-Greensboro and active participant in the arts in Charlotte for the past few years, has worked almost every aspect of theater from costume design, tech support, and assistant director, to casting and make-up, just to name a few. Married to Robert Crozier, who is also active in theater, it was a perfect fit for Lauren when her agent called saying NBC-Telemundo needed help with make-up from 3-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday in their news booth at the Arena. With credentials in hand, Lauren was ready to report on Monday, September 3, when she got a call saying she was needed by NBC at 5 a.m. to do make-up for MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews.
Thus started a whirlwind week for Lauren. She was there to do make-up for Chris Matthews at 6 a.m. with her make-up case in hand. NBC-Telemundo has a suite of rooms in the luxury box area of Time-Warner Arena where Lauren did most of her work. Among her clients, she applied make-up for Stephanie Cutter, a top Obama aide as well as Chuck Todd, White House reporter for NBC. As if working in the NBC booth was not hectic enough, Lauren was called to the DNC floor to take care of make-up for Madeleine Albright, first woman US Secretary of State under President Clinton. Lauren was taken with the size of Madeline’s starburst brooch (her signature jewelry) and stood just feet away from her as she was interviewed…just in case a little powder was required.
Lauren’s highlight of the week? She said no doubt it was the moment President Obama came on stage last Wednesday evening to hug former President Bill Clinton after his speech. Even from her perch in the NBC-Telemundo booth, she could feel the electricity flowing through the crowd. Quite an experience for this talented (and very busy) young lady who commented that everyone was so friendly and nice to her throughout the week. Well done, Lauren! Just sorry we did not see YOU on TV.
RAISING MONEY WHILE RAISING AWARENESS – 100 for 1,000
Around Davidson has reported before on Alex Lee and Daniel Wyatt. These young men, now joined by Daniel’s younger brother, Ben Wyatt, formed a foundation called One by One Costa Rica. Working with a Costa Rican pastor, the boys want to make a difference in the lives of youth in San Jose through soccer. It is easy enough to form teams but extremely difficult to secure playing fields.
Continuing to “brainstorm” about fundraising for their foundation, Ben, Daniel and Alex were thrilled to learn that they recently secured a challenge grant for One by One Costa Rica. Dr. Steve Scott, a physician and businessman, was contacted concerning One By One and was informed about the fundraising and equipment gathering to date, and the fact that in one year, three boys’ teams and one girls’ team were formed. Although the teams have had great success on the field, the real purpose of the program is to change lives, and to provide opportunities and a structure to succeed in life through the mentorship of the Vuelo de Aguila churches in San Jose, Costa Rica. Members of this church, under the guidance of Pastor William Padilla, coach the teams and provide weekly mentorship and guidance to the players.
Dr. Scott was informed about the next phase of this project, which is to buy land suitable for a soccer field which can be used to generate a permanent source of revenue for the One by One program. Several hundred thousand dollars will be required to purchase the land which will provide a soccer field and hopefully some church retreat facilities. Ultimately the field can be rented to other soccer organizations that will make rental payments and use it when the One by One players are not using it. The retreat facilities can provide fee based income. Dr. Scott generously agreed to provide a challenge donation of $100,000 toward the land purchase but the boys need to match it within 12 months (by August 31, 2013) to receive the donation.
Two previous fundraisers for One by One were held in Davidson during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Attending each was Mayor John Woods who has become an enthusiastic supporter of the project. When Mayor Woods learned about the challenge grant from Dr. Scott, he suggested to Alex, Daniel and Ben that they undertake a “100 for 1000″ fundraising program in which they will attempt to identify 100 people who will be willing to donate $1,000 each in order to raise the $100,000. Mayor Woods met with Daniel, Alex and Ben on September 3rd and presented them with the first $1,000 donation as he made the following remarks:
“It is such a pleasure to see these young men define a huge need in the world and work so hard to assist others in such great need. I am honored to contribute to their efforts and simply congratulate them for their maturity, focus, and acceptance of the challenge. It is very encouraging to see students reach far beyond their own comfort zones– far from their own personal needs– and strive to help others in a part of the world that is so totally foreign to most Americans.”
For additional information, go to onebyonecostarica.com. Donations can be made online or by contacting Daniel, Alex and Ben through the website. A daunting but exciting task for these young men in the next twelve months!
TIME TO PLANT
Saturday is going to be a busy day on Davidson’s Town Green. The Davidson Lands Conservancy (DLC) Run for Green fund raiser takes place there as well as the Davidson Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. The morning Farmer’s Market requires time to browse and don’t forget the afternoon’s dedication of the Book Garden at 3:30 p.m.
But back to the Garden Club Sale. The energetic ladies of the club have been digging for weeks getting plant material ready for your yards – and have also been baking so you will have something to eat providing energy behind the shovel! There will be plants for shade or sun, blooming plants, perennials, native plants and much more. From past experience, we know the prices are reasonable and the ladies are available to share their knowledge about each purchase. In addition to the plants and baked goods, there will be gardening gloves (sizes S-M-L), note cards, and cook books. Cash or checks only please.
This is the Garden Club’s annual fund raiser to provide scholarships for students at their late winter Horticultural Symposium. In addition, funds go to the club’s local projects from Christmas baskets to community endeavors such as landscaping of the Davidson Community Player’s Armour Street Theater.
Hours are 8 a.m. to noon. Come early and fill your car or cart. See you there!
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