Using my skills to support a cause: Tubman Center

by madebykozol

Last night was the Starlight Soiree at the McNamara Alumni building on the east bank. This is a fundraiser to build and support critical programs that help people find safety, support, and healing in the aftermath of domestic violence. There is a live auction, a silent auction, and a few other fun games to raise money for this amazing and very much needed organization. It was catered by D’Amico (amazing food last night!) and Davina and the Vagabonds closed out the night with jazzy/bluesy upbeat dance music (amazing local band!)

My friend, Lisa, is on the board and asked if I could donate something. In the craziness of sewing my collection for Envision, I took a few nights to work on a garment to donate. About 6 months back, my sister-in-law Kimberly, had commissioned me to make a semi-formal maxi dress for her. When construction was almost complete, she decided it wasn’t her style! So I had a dress waiting to be altered, repurposed, remade….something!  When Lisa asked me if I had anything to donate, I knew that dress could be something more.

I cut off the bodice, cut the lining to knee length, added a lime neon grosgrain ribbon waist, and sewed on silk embroidered flowers. It turned into a gorgeous spring/summer maxi skirt. Here are photos from the recreating to the night of the event.

Lisa was bidding on the skirt, and thought she had outbid everyone, and there was this lady, we called her the “hat lady,” (because she was wearing this beautiful black vintage looking hat piece) that was sort of stalking the skirt! And she ended up outbidding Lisa at the end! So, on an egotistical note, ladies were “fighting” for the skirt AND it helped raise even more money for Tubman. Win-win.

Personal note: I’ve been so stressed getting ready for Envision; doubting my collection, myself as a designer, thinking really negatively – and going to this event and hearing about people being killed, abused, manipulated…..it really put things into perspective. I will continue to design and make apparel because I live and breathe it – and be thankful that I have the resources, support, and love to do what I love to do. And I want to continue to use my talents and skills to try and help other people.

Thank you for reading. Please check out the Tubman Center, and consider donating. They help so many people.

“Tubman is the state’s largest provider of domestic violence services, with over 20% of all Minnesota shelter beds for women and children experiencing family violence. We help more than 40,000 adults and children in Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington Counties and the surrounding area get the support and information they need to reach their full potential for safe, healthy, stable lives. ”

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