Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MEET A RETAILER: Serendipity

Serendipity, located near the hub of Belmont University, has resided on 12th Avenue South for the past decade. Founded by Ken and Julie Lutz, this eclectic and fashion-forward store serves women of all ages, sizes, and personal  styles. Their merchandise includes a serendipitous mix of hot designer brands as well as gift lines -- including Thistle Farms products! Armed with their passion for helping women overcome obstacles to personal fulfillment, Julie and Ken have identified Thistle Farms as their favorite local non-profit organization

Serendipity will donate 10% of its profits to Thistle Farms September 30 & October 1!

If you’re in the area, check out one of Thistle Farms’ favorite boutiques. For more information, visit here or call (615) 279-5570.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Magdalene Fall Fundraiser

Every fall we have a special event that brings the community together to celebrate the healing in all our lives. An inspirational introduction to Magdalene and Thistle Farms, the fall fundraiser features music, art and writings by residents and graduates. Through this one evening, we are able to raise almost half the funds we need to continue to keep our doors open to women from the streets.

The theme this year is Totems and Sacred Spaces. Totems are symbols that have a spiritual significance to us. Totems that have been created by the women of Magdalene/Thistle Farms will be on display that evening. The event is free but a reservation is required.

EVENT UPDATE 9/30/11: We have been overwhelmed with responses in the few days! We need to temporarily put new RSVPs on a waiting list while we determine how many more guests the venue will allow us to have - but we are hopeful we will be able to get everyone in! If you'd like to be added to the list, email Marlei.

Here are further details:

October 12, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Vanderbilt Student Life Center
310 25th Ave So.
Nashville, TN 37235

Chaired by Miranda Whitcomb Pontes & Jay Joyner, and celebrating the service of Carole Hagan.

We are grateful to the official event sponsors:

Toby & Mary Knox Pilkerton

And gratitude to the following companies.  With their support, gifts that evening will go directly to the women and the program:

Light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and tea will be served. There is no charge to attend but everyone is given an opportunity to make a contribution to Magdalene at the end of the evening.

Directions & Parking: From I440, take West End north and turn right on 25th Avenue South. From I 40, take Broadway/West End south and turn left onto 25th Ave South. The Student Life Center is on the left, across from Memorial Gym. For parking, pass the center and turn left onto Highland Ave. Garage is on right and opens by 5:45. Parking is also available on West End Avenue.

We hope you will be able to share this evening with us!

Strategic Planning

Below is a photo from our 
second strategic planning meeting 
at Thistle Farms led by Rick Seiters. 
We are ahead of all of the five goals 
we set as a company to reach in 2011.  
It has been a great process for all of us.  

Thank you Rick!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Journey To Health

 The Clarksville Running Club held its sixth annual Wilma Rudolph 5K and 10K races on June 25, 2011.

Thanks to the Faith Family Medical’s “Journey to Health” program, the women of Magdalene participated in – and completed! – a 5K, beginning at the Sango United Methodist Church, Clarksville, TN.

Jeff Wolfe, the Program Director for Journey to Health, worked with and trained the women for approximately three months. The Clarksville Running Club sponsored the race fees.  Fleet Feet gave us shoes and other incentives.  De Feet provided socks for $1.50 per pair (which usually cost $10!).  Girls on the Run and the Nashville Striders provided us with shirts, clothing, tons of moral support AND they plan on doing more in the future.

We want to thank Jeff, Marci (a volunteer at Faith Family Medical), Shelly (a graduate of the Journey to Health program who also completed the 5K with us), the Fleet Feet staff, the Clarksville Running Club, De Feet, Girls on the Run and the Nashville Striders for their dedication to a great cause.

What a great accomplishment for all of us!