Thursday, September 23, 2010

Storybook Runway: Ellie as Fancy Nancy for United Way

Hey everybody!

I've written two versions of today's blog post, and struggled with how I was going to tell this story. I've decided to go with the lighthearded, all-fun-and-games version.

I LOVE the United Way in Northwest Arkansas. They do so many great things, and I've volunteered for them for the past few years, happily shooting whenever they need me. This year I took a more active part and became a donor as well. I heard about all the cool things they're hoping to do this year, and I wanted to be a part of it.

One of the main things they wanted to do, which is right in line with this former English teacher's hopes and dreams, is to start a local chapter of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. I love this project, and I love what UW decided to do to raise money for it: a Storybook Runway! Once I heard about it, I knew Elizabeth would LOVE to participate.

This past Saturday, I got to dress her up as her favorite storybook character, Fancy Nancy, and strut the runway at Mason's in an effort to stylishly help area kids. To her, Saturday was fun. To me, it was a chance to give other kiddos the same chance for success that Elizabeth has. While having fun.

Here we are before we left the house...
And here's Elizabeth with her new best friend, Miss Arkansas 2010 Adrielle Churchill. Ellie couldn't stop hanging out with her and talking about her. Cutie cute.
Lastly, here's our strut. Impressive, huh?! Haha! {{if you get this in your email, you have to go to the actual blog post to watch the clip: http://www.benfieldphotography.blogspot.com}}


Talk to you soon,
Dale

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