Hi Girls. This month I’m going to talk about the River City Gems Sparkle Gala I attended on October 8th. The event is held by the Sacramento Gems every year and is definitely one you want to attend if able. They are friendly and plan their events extremely well. A lot of volunteer work and love goes into it and you can tell when you’re there.
I arrived early on Wednesday prior to the Saturday event and attended a dinner planned by one of the Gems at El Torito in Sacramento, approx. 25 girls were present and all had a fabulous evening. Friday we had a luncheon at Buca Di Beppos, also in Sacramento attended by 20 girls. Friday evening, we went to Mangos which is a planned dinner for Sparkle attendees who wish to mingle prior to the gala.
These are pictures from El Torito, Buca Di Beppo and Mangos…all in Sacramento and all events held before Sparkle. The first photo id Diana Baker, DonnaKelli and Cindy Shelton, my dress with print skirt is from Venus and Jewelry is from Chico’s. Next picture at Mango’s taken with Kelli Perry (She’s a doll), my dress is from Dressbarn…yes Dressbarn and I got it on sale, my jewelry is Silver from Brighton’s, heels are 9 West platforms
A group picture from Buca Di Beppo luncheon , my dress is from Venus.com and the Jewelry is Silver from Brighton’s. Next picture is the night of the Gala ready to leave my Hotel room.
A picture seated next to one of the hotel grounds many beautiful fountains, a picture of Stephanie Wardlow, DonnaKelli and Diane Grace at the Sparkle gala. Next is Diane Grace and myself posing on stage at Sparkle, we had many photo ops and too many to post here in my column…. many of the photos can be seen on my Facebook page (DonnaKelli), or on the River City Gems webpage
The week end was better than I could have hoped for, the Hotel staff was outstanding the Gems membership are friendly and gorgeous they make this a party to remember. Many girls I met were out for the first time and you could see the exhilaration and genuine excitement on their faces they were glowing.
These pics are at the Gala having a little fun on the dance floor toward the end of the evening. We even did an impromptu “Charlies Angels” pose…. We may have to call it Sparkle Angels.
The last picture is Diane Grace, DonnaKelli, Stephanie Wardlow and seated is a very special lady Rita Doyle. Rita is an icon for many of the younger girls and has helped many girls who otherwise would never have got out into the world. It was an honor to meet her.
Sparkle was attended by 110 girls and offered the opportunity to meet many at the Hotel lounge in the days prior to the Gala ball.
I attended with several girlfriends and all said repeatedly that they will attend again, it is sad that this was the last year the event will be held at the Red Lion hotel it has so much character and ambience with the lake, fountains and park like grounds. I hope and am certain the Gems will find another location for this event and we girls will make it special by attending in even bigger numbers next year.
I intended to have a Tgirl friend of the month but my column is late and long, I also wanted to talk about girls getting out for the first time and not being prisoners of our own inner feelings.
Ironically the Sparkle event was themed about that this year…the Theme was “It’s about time” and their President Marla spoke about getting out in the world in her address to the attendees. Girls it is our time and if you’re afraid or need help go to one of these events you’ll find many girls willing to help, we are all sisters.
I was given the idea of helping a girl who has not been out very long and doing a shopping trip and make over with her, sort of a before and after. I’ll try and get that into my next column and she will be the Tgirl friend of the month.
If you like this column let me or Sister House know and always give your ideas or suggestions. I want to help as many girls as possible and hope this column in some way is making it easier for new girls to find their way.
As always be safe out there girls. I’ll be back in November with the make over and hopefully more out and about in Palm Springs, I have several friends visiting in the coming weeks.
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