Southlake teens with a purpose raise money for charity

03/03/2014 3:05 PM

03/03/2014 3:06 PM

Editor's note: This article has been edited to correct the spelling of Maxwell Roesh. Readers, last May I told you about two amazing young girls who, after watching a documentary entitled “Walk to Beautiful” about women who suffer from childbirth injuries in Ethiopia, decided to do something about it.

The film tells the story of five women who are shunned by their family and community because they suffer from problems brought on by a medical condition called obstetric fistula, which is caused by prolonged labor and inadequate healthcare.

The documentary inspired Maria and Julia Myers of Southlake to start their own charity, Pretty Purposeful, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. From there, they created their own one-day event — Camp Pretty Purposeful. All of the profits go to help pay for surgeries for girls and women in Africa.

Fast-forward to Jan. 25, when their selfless act came to fruition. The two girls donated $25,000 to the West Africa Fistula Foundation at a ceremony at the Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square.

West Africa Fistula Foundation founder and board member Dr. Darius Maggi was on hand to accept the check.

But what makes this story so incredible is that these two girls are only 14 and 16 years old.

I believe that the term “dynamic duo” truly applies in this case! Outstanding job girls. You both have made the world a better place.

Eat your heart out

In the hats off file, I need to throw a bit of applause towards Trophy Club Country Club for its amazing Valentine’s Day dinner.

Readers, you know how I often write about the food at most of the events I attend. Well, this time is no different. I had the pleasure of attending their dinner and it was outstanding. From the incredible sea scallops with orange butter sauce to the salmon en croute with fresh dill butter, topped off with a decadent chocolate dessert, it was obvious by the looks on the faces of those who attended that it was every bit the delicious treat promised.

I can only say that executive chef Otis Baker, his executive sous chef Brian Higdon and Maxwell Roesh, director of outlets (translated that means person in charge), should be extremely proud of themselves for such an amazing evening.

My favorite Valentine couple of the night was Larry and Leah Beth Bray. Mrs. Bray set the evening’s mood with her long red skirt and white lace matching blouse and jacket. Watching this lovely couple dance and enjoy their special evening reminded me why Valentine’s Day is so special.

And they’re off

It is almost derby time and the planning committee for the 2014 Triple Crown Affair at Lone Star Park at 1000 Lone Star Pkwy. in Grand Prairie and benefiting the Arts Council Northeast, has set the official date of May 3 for this prestigious event.

Committee chair Joan Matzke, along with committee members Marti Andring, Rebecca Barksdale, Carmen Evans, Jessica Farrell, Joan Lanford, Candy Letica, Fonda Martin, Ruth Ann Meek, Cecilia Monacelli, Jodie Munsie, Karen Parsinen, Marty Reiswig, Gail Santora and Linda Timmons, are already hard at work to make this year the best ever.

Held in the Alysheba Ballroom, you cannot lose when you attend this party. This group’s Southern hospitality begins at 2 p.m. and lasts until 6:30 p.m., which is perfect because the actual Kentucky Derby race has an approximate post time of 5:24 p.m. our time (depending on the televised broadcast schedule).

Tickets at $150 each and tables of 10 are available. This event is another one of those that is always a sellout, so don’t delay. Call 817-283-3406 or e-mail to reserve your seats.

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