|2/16/2012 2:19:00 PM|
Community unites to support families of children with cancer
On Jan. 20, Camp Soaring Eagle, a non-profit organization based in Sedona, welcomed 11 children and their families to a three-day Winter Oncology Retreat at Briar Patch Inn, a Bed & Breakfast located in Oak Creek Canyon.
The retreat was designed to give these families, who each have a child currently undergoing cancer treatment, a brief respite from medical treatments, doctors offices, and hospital rooms.
The 11 mothers attending the retreat also received a "Makeovers for Moms" day at Allie Ollie Boutique, located in the Village of Oak Creek, on Saturday, Jan. 21.
"The goal of Camp Soaring Eagle is to give kids with serious illnesses, and their families, a chance to discover the healing power of laughter, and the sheer joy of play that sickness has too long denied them," says Camp Soaring Eagle's Executive Director, Jennifer Perry. "We provide a camping experience filled with excitement, challenge, and fun, in a medically safe setting, all at no cost to the families."
From beauticians to magicians, golf pros to fitness instructors, the entire Northern Arizona community rallied to support Camp Soaring Eagle in this retreat. Dozens of businesses, organizations, and individuals volunteered their time or services, offering meals, transportation, fitness classes, archery instruction, animal interaction, and much more.
Among the list of volunteers who contributed all or part of their services were Briar Patch Inn, Allie Ollie Boutique, Pink Jeep Tours, Domino's Pizza, Red Rock Cafe, Red Rock Quilters, Babe's BBQ of Camp Verde, Gary Pearce of the Sedona Golf Resort, Aveda Red 115 Salon of Flagstaff, Kyle and Alicia French of Camp Verde, Noreen Ireland of Cornville, Magical Michael Steele, and Adobe Mountain Rescue Center of Phoenix.
Rob Olson, Owner of Briar Patch Inn, who is also a member of Camp Soaring Eagle's Board of Directors, donates his entire property and staff to host Camp Soaring Eagle's retreats twice a year.
This year, Olson's daughter, Allie Olson, decided to get involved, too, with the creation of the "Makeovers for Moms" day at her boutique in the Oak Creek Outlet Mall.
"I thought of the Moms - they are so focused on their children and their illnesses, they hardly ever think of themselves," said Olson. "I decided I wanted to give them an opportunity to treat themselves, to feel beautiful and fancy for one day."
On Jan. 21, a team of stylists welcomed the mothers at Allie Ollie Boutique, treating them to a complete shopping spree experience. Olson donated a head-to-toe outfit to each mother, and accessories to match.
Ingrid Dedmore, of Mesa, is the mother of 3-year-old, Alielah, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia a year and a half ago.
"This is the kind of thing you see on TV," said Dedmore. "You just never think, it could happen to me, " she says, as she points to her new fur-trimmed coat and jewelry she says reminds her of the beauty in life.
"Everyone thinks of the kids, of course," adds Annette Odom, whose 14-year-old daughter, Hope, is also undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. "But no one thinks of the Moms. This is just...beautiful. This entire weekend was amazing."
"I liken it to the old childhood story of Stone Soup," said Perry. "Seeing all these people come together from across Arizona to give these families one weekend of fun...was simply amazing."
Camp Soaring Eagle, Briar Patch Inn and Allie Ollie Boutique wish to thank all those who volunteered to make this Winter Oncology Retreat possible.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Get ready to do the mashed potatoe people! Retro lady dresses are back with a blast. Of course a little modern edge will keep darling dots and fanciful fruity frocks current. From full sleeve tattood punksters to sorority sisters, these hot little dresses are all the rage for spring!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Prom Central 2012
Where will you get ready for prom…
When you buy your prom dress at Allie Ollie, you also receive your invites for our the ladies only prom pre-party to enjoy with mom, sisters, girlfriends, aunts, or any 3 special ladies in your life!
At the party we will provide:
-hor d'oeuvres & punch
-Hair & make-up package ($46)
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Everyday we are blessed enough to change lives! Sure, we simply operate boutiques, but it is our belief that when a person feels great about themselves and takes the time to "treat themself" their life is changed and improved. To those of us who work day in and out at Allie Ollie, we daily experience ladies leaving our shop, heads held high and proud of their new found style.
One very special day, we left with that same feeling! Thank you to Camp Soaring Eagle for bringing 11 very deserving moms to us! These ladies are all facing the unimaginable...a battle with cancer...cancer in their children. We set out to "makeover" these sweet gals...instead their bravery,
laughter, and positive outlook "madeover" our hearts.
The blessing was truly ours and we will cherish this special day that sent our spirits soaring.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
ALLIE OLLIE HOSTS MAKEOVERS FOR MOMS OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER
Sedona, AZ, January 13, 2012 – On Saturday, January 21, at 1 p.m. the Allie Ollie Boutique in the Oak Creek Outlet Mall will become makeover central for eleven very deserving Moms. These Moms are wrestling more than grocery lists, dry cleaning and carpool schedules. They each have a child recently diagnosed with Cancer.
A team of Allie Ollie clothing stylists will provide these Moms with a fun afternoon of pampering as part of their weekend at the Camp Soaring Eagle Oncology Retreat at Briar Patch Inn, in Oak Creek Canyon.
This is the fourth Oncology Retreat that Camp Soaring Eagle has hosted at Briar Patch Inn, which generously donates its entire facility and staff to the campers and families for three days. “The goal of Camp Soaring Eagle is to give kids with serious illnesses and their families a chance to discover the healing power of laughter and the sheer joy of play, that sickness has too long denied them, by providing camping experiences filled with excitement, challenge and fun in a medically safe setting - all at no charge to the children or families,” says Jennifer Perry, Executive Director of Camp Soaring Eagle.
Complete head-to-toe outfits will be donated to each Mom by Allie Ollie Owner & Buyer, Allie Olson, 27. Olson owns three “outrageously fun” boutiques in Sedona, Prescott and Flagstaff that provide a unique shopping experience where “stylists” help customers find the looks that will make them look and feel their best.
Olson contacted Camp Soaring Eagle after hearing about the retreats from her Dad, Rob Olson, Owner of Briar Patch Inn and a member of the Camp Soaring Eagle Board of Directors. Olson said, “I thought, ‘These amazing women are so focused on their kids, they hardly ever think of themselves. I just wanted to give them an opportunity to treat themselves, to feel beautiful and fancy for one night.”
After the Moms receive the red carpet treatment at Allie Ollie, Pink Jeep Tours will transport them back to Briar Patch Inn where their children will enjoy a fun Bingo night, and parents will enjoy an adults-only evening at the Lodge.
Originally, only ten families were set to attend the Winter Retreat this year but at the last minute, Camp Soaring Eagle received a request from a very special family hoping to attend. The family’s youngest son was diagnosed with stage four lymphoblastic lymphoma leukemia in 2009, at the age of 10. Then, last week, the Mother received the shocking news that she herself has Ovarian Cancer.
“I called Rob at Briar Patch and asked if there was any way we could make room for this family,” says Perry. “They were already completely full, but somehow, he found a way to do it. Then I called Allie, and she offered to donate another complete outfit for this Mom. This is going to make a huge impact on this family at such a difficult time.”
Perry knows first-hand what kind of impact Camp Soaring Eagle can have on the families that attend their various camper weekends, travel programs and retreats. In 2011, the Camp welcomed a five year old boy who was born with Downs Syndrome and was later diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. “He was one of our most memorable campers – he spoke to our entire group and we were all moved,” remarked Perry.
A week after the family’s memorable weekend at camp, the boy died unexpectedly from a virus he contracted during chemotherapy treatment.
“Camp was the last memory his family had with him,” said Perry. “They weren’t at the hospital, worrying about bills and finances, they were in Sedona catching fish and doing arts and crafts. All I could think when I heard the news was, ‘Thank God they came, thank God they came.’”
Many local businesses and residents are also volunteering their time and services to support these families over the weekend including Babe’s BBQ of Camp Verde, Gary Pearce of the Sedona Golf Resort, Erin McDonald of Aveda in Flagstaff, Jean-Marie Nixon of Snap Fitness Sedona, Magical Michael Steele of Sedona, and many more.
From beauticians to magicians, golf pros to fitness instructors, the entire Northern Arizona community is making it possible for these families to enjoy one weekend of respite in beautiful Sedona.
To donate to Camp Soaring Eagles’ programs, support the businesses mentioned here that support them, or go online to www.campsoaringeagle.org.
Allie Ollie is located in the Oak Creek Factory Outlet Stores in the Village of Oak Creek at 6640 State Route 179, in Prescott at the Prescott Gateway Mall, and in Flagstaff at the Flagstaff Mall. Visit www.AllieOllie.com or call (928) 284-1592 for more information on the most outrageously fun boutique in town.
Briar Patch Inn Bed & Breakfast is nestled beside the sparkling waters of Oak Creek. 19 fully furnished private cabins and an extremely attentive staff offer the ultimate Sedona getaway. For more information visit www.briarpatchinn.com or call (928) 282-2342.