It’s Garden Party week and I’m thrilled to announce that we had four Kitten Level Sponsors this year. Meet Alex Uphold of State Farm Insurance; LuLaRoe Richelle Lamarr, Fashion Consultant; Linda Morgan of Support Unlimited, Inc. and my friends at Sweet Clover Barn!
Meet Alex Uphold of State Farm Insurance! Alex and I met through the Woman to Woman Mentoring Program and I was impressed with her from the moment we met. She and her office staff are also serving as a shoebox sponsor and when I stopped by their offices to deliver the box, they were such a fun group, I wanted to stay! (How cute is their picture?)
Alex and her team offer auto and home home insurance, but their specialty is life insurance and financial services. Their team of five offer a unique insurance experience by taking the time to really explain coverage, making sure policyholders know what their risks are and how they can help manage them. They make things easy! (And in this crazy world of ours, doesn’t easy sound just wonderful?)
Alex wants to fill our children’s shoes with confidence! Having confidence in themselves to make the right decisions, follow their own path, and know that they are worth it.
LuLaRoe Richelle Lamarr, Fashion Consultant is our next Kitten Sponsor. You have to be living under a rock to not have heard of the latest craze in fashion wear! LuLaRoe is a fast-growing company centered around making women feel beautiful, comfortable and fashionable. They only run a select number of pieces in each print they design, so everything is limited edition.
Richelle loves working for the company and tells me that they are passionate about giving and making a difference in people’s lives.That could explain why she is one of my newest sponsors to the Soles of Love project! Richelle is also a talented photographer and holds a special place in my heart because she and my son went to preschool together many years ago and I still remember the sweet redheaded girl in his class.
Richelle wants to fill our children’s shoes with compassion– so that they always remember to consider others and build strong and positive communities!
Linda Morgan, owner of Support Unlimited, Inc. is who I want to be when I grow up! She runs a business (like I do) but seems to have truly found the secret to carving out maximum time in her life for making a huge impact on our community. Currently President of the Frederick Chamber board, you will always find Linda around town supporting a number of causes! When you hear Linda’s infectious laugh, you know a fun time is in store!
Linda’s company manages the books for primarily small business owners. In addition, she works with the senior population– many whom have never written a check and suddenly need to pay bills. She often acts as an intermediary between children and their parents and assists families through these life transitions. She’s been in busines for 27 years and has always maintained a home office until two years ago! One of the things she’s most proud of is that all three of her children (now 27, 25 and 22) were raised “on her lap while she worked” and grew to be amazing independent financially responsible young adults!
Linda would also fill the children’s shoes with confidence— “knowing that they are and will always be enough and can do anything they dream of. There are no limits that aren’t self-imposed.”
Rounding out the Kitten Sponsors is one of my favorite hangouts Sweet Clover Barn. Owned by Cassie Bustamante and Sarah Zullo, this dynamic duo and their team of creative vendors create a unique “happy place” every month for people looking to create a home that is not like every other.
As a huge fan of Sweet Clover, I can attest that they are full of local creative talent. They have some of the most eclectic vintage finds in the area with the service mentality of Nordstrom. On many occasions the ladies of Sweet Clover have been known to help customers put together just the right look, assembling an assortment of items in such a way, one would never think of it themselves.
Their wish for our kids? While these shoes will nurture your soles, our dream is that you follow your passion, and do that thing in life that nurtures your soul. Keep stepping one foot in front of the other, and remember to always create your own happiness, while sharing it to those around you.