Jenny is out in California this weekend watching her wonderful man graduate as a Navy Seal and also enjoying the much cooler weather. She has also generously donated her Fashion Frenzy Friday to a very worthy cause and something both Jenny and I are close to in similar ways. I want to thank her for helping me put this together at the last minute!!
MS, Multiple Sclerosis, is a terrifying and heart breaking disease, and here at Kimberly Jarman Photography we’ve been affected by it in a few ways. Jenny’s aunt was very recently diagnosed with MS and her family is just learning about this condition and all the ways it affects her life, and her families. I, Kimberly Jarman, learned about this disease and was affected by it about 4 years ago when my cousin, Christy, was diagnosed with MS when she was 24 (read more about Christy’s story here). At first I really did not know what it was and didn’t understand how insanely crazy and horrible it is, but quickly learned. In the last 4 years i’ve watched how this disease has changed Christy’s life and how she has fought through everything it’s thrown at her. I’m so proud of her and want to stand by her every way that I can.
On November 6th, 2010 I will be walking for MS along with my family, friends, and thousands of other people. We are trying to raise money to help find a way to get rid of and cure this horrible disease called Multiple Sclerosis. I’ve been walking in this for 4 years now and sadly have never had the chance to help raise money for it. This year when I found out when the walk was I decided that I would somehow try to donate and raise money. My vision started as a small donation of something that I could auction off somehow, a mentor session or a portrait session, and all of the sudden others started asking if they could help, and it got me thinking that I should dream bigger and try to see if more people would help donate to this cause. Within a week I got some amazing donations and have been in awe of people’s generosity.
MS affects each area of your life, forever, and while there are amazing treatments, there is a long road to walk to a cure, or a real way to make the symptoms and side effects of the disease something that isn’t a struggle each day to live with. The National MS Society raises money for awareness, research, and all kinds of other aspects of support for people suffering with MS, as well as the medical community devoted to making advancements in the journey.
So what is Kimberly Jarman Photography doing? We’re hosting an online silent auction with some of our favorite vendors and friends and are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the MS Walk on 11/6/10, while auctioning off some amazing stuff! Listed below are the amazing people contributing their goods and services to our cause. We would love for you to join us in bidding on these auction items. We have well worth over $6500 in value between all of these items and my goal is to raise at least $3000. Please join with us!! The bidding will begin Monday, October 4th and go through Wednesday, October 13th. Here is a preview of the amazing people who are donating.
Donating: Full-day mentoring session complete with mock photo shoot and shadowing ($1500 value)
Learn from Kim’s experience and knowledge. She will be donating an entire day of answering questions and mentoring. You control what you want to learn! She will take an entire day to show you the ropes and ask questions that normally she would keep to herself and her studio. She will be an open book to that one special person that wins this auction. If you desire she will walk you through a live shoot as well. Kim does not normally do these types of mentor sessions, so get it while it’s hot and donate big… the more you donate the more Kim will share… :):):)!!
Located at: 126 W. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85201
Matage Custom Framing
Donating:Two $100 framing gift certificated toward any framework
Rob is phenomenal and does all of our framing. He will work with you to create an amazing piece of art and is also one of the nicest people you will meet. Don’t let these get passed up…. I might bid on them too, so watch out!!!
Located at 166 West Main Street Mesa AZ 85201
Donating: a beautiful ruby marquise ring (valued over $4,000)
Ummmm….. over a $4000 estimated value? What an amazing donation. Don’t pass this one up… remember… thing BIG MONEY!
Located at 128 W. Main St Mesa, AZ 85201
Donating: One free haircut with Katie, $40 value
Located at: 164 W. Main St Mesa, AZ 85201
Donating: $10 gift certificate toward any food and beverage service
Located at: 125 W. Main St Mesa, AZ 85201
Donating: Brazilian Blowout and Haircut by Coppola ($250 value)
Located at: 160 W. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85201
Donating: On Location Photo Session complete with $200 Credit for prints
Mary is an amazing photographer and one of the sweetest girls you’ll ever meet. If you are in need of family portraits, don’t pass this up!!
Located at 126 W Main St Mesa AZ 85201
The Grill on Main St.
Donating: A $20 Gift certificate for dining
This is one of our newest favorite places to eat. Hamburgars, wraps, and homemade chips. We would eat here every day if we could afford it and you don’t want to miss out on this one!
Located at 124 W. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85201
Donating $200 Credit towards Custom Invitations for your wedding, party, anything. This girl is amazing and her work is sought after by a lot of people. Grab it… don’t let it get away.
Donating: 60 Minute Custom Theraputic Massage at $75 Value
Located at 1801 S. Jentilly Ln. Ste C16 Tempe 85281
The auction will go live on Monday, and we’ll be posting the links and information here, on Facebook and on Twitter. We really hope you can join in the auctioning fun and find a way to purchase one of these amazing offers to donate your fund to the MS cause! Thank you! Please call us/email us/send a smoke signal if you have any questions, or want to help in any other way! Taking vendors for the auction until Friday–so if you have something you’d like to donate to the event, please let us know ASAP!
And…as always…you’re amazing, thank you!