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Putting the “Fun” In Fundraising—

How Philly’s Most Glam Event Is Helping Thousands Brie Latini

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary lives.” — C.S. Lewis

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ianca Yodice, by all accounts, was extraordinary. A loved daughter, niece and friend, Bianca relished in her work with children and dreamed of continuing her education in order to serve them further. Her goal was simple- to help children in need. In August of 2010, Bianca was walking to work when she was struck by a car. Just 21 years old, Bianca passed away from her injuries, leaving behind a devastated family. Her aunt, Buffy Harakidas and her family Debbie Savigliano, was left wondering how best to honor the life of this beautiful young woman and it was from her grief that Bianca’s Kids was born. Starting out as an idea of Debbie and a few other South Jersey-area mothers, Bianca’s Kids has grown into a thriving non-profit, granting wishes to children in need across the state of NJ. Since its inception, Bianca’s Kids has granted over 15,000 wishes, ranging from helping an ill high-school senior attend his senior trip to assisting a family with the costs of buying a home. “Each wish,” Debbie explains, “is different and fulfilling.” This year, Bianca’s Kids was chosen to be the beneficiary of the Hair O’ the Dog Fundraiser. Hair O’ the Dog, created in 1995 by Daniel Cronin and Robert Molinaro, is billed as being one of the most glamourous events on the Philly scene! The idea for HOTD recognized that a well put together party would not only attract people who want to have a good time, but also attract people who want to do good. An extraordinary amount of work goes into creating all of that fun, and for the past seven years, Buffy Harakidas has been at the helm of this event. While she is the driving force behind Hair O’ the Dog, she is also a South Jersey mother of three children. Striking a balance between work and motherhood can be difficult, and Buffy wants other mothers to know that in order to keep that balance healthy, you have to keep yourself healthy! Motherhood is busy, but allowing space for your own interests and fun is a vital part of keeping the ship afloat. Buffy channels her passion for this belief into her work in creating one of the most talked-about events in Philadelphia- who better to attend a glamorous fundraiser than women who provide good works for their families every day? Debbie and the staff of Bianca’s Kids are humbled and grateful to have been the chosen beneficiary for Hair of the Dog 2017. “We were screaming when we found out! Besides the obvious donation…it was an opportunity for our organization to be brought to the attention of thousands. We are forever grateful to HOD!”

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For more information about Hair of the Dog, including details for the 2018 event, follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/HairOTheDogPhilly. Visit Bianca’s Kids at biancaskids.org. www.southjerseymom.com

March 2017 issue final  

Moms Family Friendly

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