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Move Over


The One-Piece is Back!

Spring Fashion That Works!

Create a Cocktail Garden

April | May 2013

Deborah Polston

A Voice for Children

Put Spring In Your Step and Home





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Tallahassee Woman Magazine | April/May 2013 | TalWoman.com

Contents 36 Real Life Ridin’

6 Our Thoughts

38 Business and Career

A Banner of Love

April Brueckheimer Dean and One Heckuva Dream

8 Girl Talk

Bikini Who? | Get the Right Fit | Spring Cleaning Quick Tips | Gardening From Your Gadget | YouTube Fitness | Best Times to Buy Airfare | Bath Towel Breeding Ground

16 Faves and Raves

Put Spring In Your Step and Your Home

30 Style and Grace

40 Community

It’s Time for the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger Refuge House Celebrates 35 Years

52 Women We Admire

Ironwomen Claire Walker Harrison and Kate Harrison

54 Funny Girl No More Astronauts

Working on Spring

32 Home and Garden Create Your Own Cocktail Garden

34 Healthy Living

Understanding Endometriosis

On the Cover

Page 26 Deborah Polston—A Voice for Children A mother, grandmother and Florida’s Human Trafficking Advocate, Deborah Polston is leading the way in giving hope to children in foster care and for those that are enslaved in human trafficking.

IN EVERY ISSUE Haute Happenings 22 | Around Town 42 | Women to Watch 50 4  t a l l a h a s s e e

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About the Cover Photography by Adam Cohen | Styling by Nancy Cohen | Makeup by Melissa Peters of Randi Buchanan & Co. | Backdrop provided by Chrysalis

Bill Hambsh, CPA, CMPE CEO of North Florida Women’s Care

Lanisha Wetherington, Executive Director of the Big Bend March of Dimes

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“I am the proud mother of three wonderful children, two of which were born prematurely. I couldn’t imagine how different both of my situations would have been, without the expertise of North Florida Women’s Care, and the support from the March of Dimes. I truly appreciate the compassion and individualized care I received from the physicians and staff. As the Executive Director of the Big Bend March of Dimes, I am honored to have North Florida Women’s Care as one of our community partners and major sponsor of our yearly events.” – Lanisha Wetherington, Executive Director of the Big Bend March of Dimes

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A Banner of Love

Living Well and Loving Life! April / May 2013 Volume 8 | Issue 2


n a recent 15K that I raced in, I was struck by the poignancy of a fellow runner holding a long, heavy-looking flagpole with the American flag, his banner, streaming out behind him. He never slowed his pace, and he never let that flagpole touch the ground. I can’t imagine carrying that much weight all 9 miles of the race. I don’t know what his story was or why he was carrying it, but I can be somewhat assured that he was most likely holding it up for someone else because they were unable to. It seems to me that there are very few things in life that can give you the strength, courage and endurance quite like carrying a banner for those that we care about. This issue’s cover woman, Deborah Polston, carries a banner for her own children and for those that she advocates for in her role as Florida’s Human Trafficking Advocate. She is passionate about shining a light on the inhumanities taking place in our city and our state that involve keeping children imprisoned in the dark despair of human trafficking. She is leading the way for a better future for children in foster care, giving her six adopted sons new beginnings, with a banner of love streaming behind her. In the season of spring, there are new beginnings blooming all around us. It’s in the celebration of Mother’s Day—and what it means to be a mother and to mother the children in our community. It’s found in the new color palettes and styles for your wardrobe and home that rejuvenate our senses. It can be discovered in learning how to talk about tough subjects like endometriosis, especially in helping our young women earlier address symptoms. For us at the magazine, there are new inspirations daily from the innovative, courageous and selfless women who are building lasting relationships through their businesses, leadership roles and the selfless giving of their time and talents. I am a better, stronger woman because I have been given the immense gift of being able to hold the hands of my two children, look into their eyes and convey my love to them in such a deep way that they would never doubt it, and ultimately be worthy of their love in return. As women of this city, we each have unique opportunities to care for the residents who are most vulnerable and who most need us to protect and rescue them from bearing burdens that no child should ever have to carry. To take part in the journey of showing children that they are loved and that they can hope for a new beginning and a future beyond their current circumstances is a banner worth holding high. Have a wonderful spring finding, and giving, new beginnings. 6  t a l l a h a s s e e

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Publisher Kim Rosier Editor Heather Thomas Advertising sales Director Lynn Solomon Advertising sales Jennifer Stinson GRAPHIC DESIGN Christy Jennings Miqueli INTERNS Mary Katherine Aaronson Analiese Aviles • Amanda Murphy Contributing photographers Adam Cohen • Christie Meresse Tallahassee Woman Magazine LLC Post Office Box 13401 Tallahassee, FL 32317-3401 Phone (850) 893-9624 Fax (850) 254­-7038 info@TalWoman.com Tallahassee Woman is published six times per year and is distributed on a complimentary basis throughout Tallahassee and the surrounding communities. Subscriptions are available for $15 for one year (six issues). The information in this publication is presented in good faith. The publisher does not guarantee accuracy or assume responsibility for errors or omissions.


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Bikini, Who? According to current trends, one-piece swimwear is making a comeback and pushing bikinis to the side. The comeback can be attributed to designers becoming more innovative with their designs and the universal appeal of one-pieces being appropriate for all ages and body types. One-pieces can also provide fun ways for women to express their own personal style. They are versatile and flattering and can even be sexier than showing more skin in a bikini. With fresh silhouettes and designs hitting store racks, there are a variety of styles to choose from. To accentuate the shoulders and chest, a one-piece bathing suit with a flattering heart-shape halter top will suffice. Or, to find a happy medium between coverage and bikini, go for a daring one-piece with a plunging neckline and cut-outs on the side. Perhaps vintage is more your style. If so, try a polka-dot-print suit with bold red lipstick which will play up the pin-up look. Other one-pieces offer a sophisticated, streamlined effect as well as color blocking. Also, ruching adds uniqueness to one-piece swimsuits and is great for masking areas you would like to de-emphasize. To glam it up and pull it all together, pair your swimsuit with accessories such as an oversized hat and big shades and slim your waist down with a printed sarong. All in all, when choosing a swimsuit, choose a style that feels most comfortable to you and let your body beauty shine.

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any women see their bra as an uncomfortable necessity to put up with. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Researchers have discovered that 85 percent of women wear the wrong bra size, which leads to pain and an unflattering figure. A woman’s bra should make her feel confident, sexy and, above all, comfortable. The solution to a bad-fitting bra is waiting for you at department and lingerie stores—a bra fitting. Oftentimes, women wear bras that are too big in the back and too small in the cup, giving the body less support and more discomfort. But a bra fitting can transform a woman’s shape, slimming down the waistline and creating beautiful curves. During the fitting, a trained professional will take your measurements and then suggest several bras to try on to find the perfect fit based on your size, body type and style. The right bra will comfortably lift your bust and take inches off your waistline. The fitting takes only 10 to 15 minutes and will leave you feeling happy you gave your shape some muchneeded attention. If you are feeling apprehensive about getting measured, fear not. Your specialist will make you feel comfortable

and help you understand why bras fit the way they do. You do not need to go completely topless if you don’t want to. Fittings are free of charge and should be done annually because of body changes such as weight fluctuation and pregnancy. Always try on a bra before you buy it because all bras are different— just like all women are different. So, the next time you cringe at your reflection in a form-fitting top, don’t blame the shirt. Consider a bra fitting, because a bra is the foundation of every outfit.

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Spring Cleaning Quick Tips “Spring cleaning” means you typically spend springtime scrubbing every inch of the house. But you deserve to enjoy the sunshine that the season brings. We put together a list of quick and easy cleaning solutions for the long- and short-term messes that frequent the family room, kitchen and bathroom.


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• Keep a spray can filled with water and vinegar for stain emergencies. A hot iron will help lift stains after spraying. Be sure to keep a cloth between the iron and carpet for protection. • Investing in a handheld vacuum will save you the hassle of lugging out the big vacuum for small messes like crumbs under the table or dirt tracks by the door. • Speed-dust all surfaces with a microfiber cloth. • Store clutter such as magazines and DVDs in a closet for the time being. Go back to them when you have more time.

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• Instead of trying to remember where you put the cleaning supplies last, store each set of supplies in a separate bucket. It’s easy to find and easy to carry. • Keep a few trash bags underneath the one in use. That way, when you take out the trash, you don’t have to waste time finding another one. • Toss salt or citrus fruits down the drain for grime removal and a fresh scent.


• Fill the tub with a few inches of hot water while you clean. The higher temperature doubles the effectiveness. • Wipe glass shower doors with a dryer sheet. • Keep a dishwand filled with ½ vinegar and ½ dishwashing detergent in the shower to scrub the walls while you shower. • Toss two Alka Seltzer tablets into the toilet. Once they stop fizzing, scrub the bowl with a toilet brush.

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Gardening From Your Gadget O

ne of the greatest joys of gardening is the escape it provides from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a chance to replace your smartphone for a shovel and strappy heels for some clogs. However, for us amateurs, there are several apps that have been created for smartphones and other devices to assist us in starting and growing the perfect garden. Here are a few of our favorites:

Garden Tracker (iPad, iPhone) This app lets you size and plan your garden plots, plant your vegetables and track your garden’s progress, days since watered and days since last fertilized. Landscapers Companion

(iPad, iPhone, Android) This provides a reference guide to trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and all sorts

of plants, containing information on over 22,000 plants and 15,000 pictures.

iGrowIt (iPad, iPhone)

Find out what vegetables you can plant where you want. It is designed to access all the essential information you need on how and when to grow vegetables.

Herb Garden (iPad, iPhone)

This app is your simple guide for growing, cooking and preserving herbs and spices from the common to the exotic.

Garden Snob (Android)

For the garden-obsessed, this gives gardening tips, tricks and ideas on how to keep your garden green and growing.

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Feel like getting your groove on, breaking a sweat and having fun? Zumba’s a great way to burn calories while having a good time; you won’t even realize you’re working out. There are a number of Zumba workouts online with different songs. Search Zumba, pick your favorite tune and get moving!


ave you ever wished for more hours in a day just to squeeze in a work-out at the gym? Thanks to YouTube, there is an alternative that can save you time and money, while still reaping the benefits of a good gym workout without leaving the comfort of your own home. Recent studies show that 36 percent of women use the Internet to exercise. In addition, many fitness instructors are developing exercises for home workouts and placing them on YouTube for your convenience. You can test and try out a variety of work-out styles and fitness trainers without making a financial commitment, since it’s free. Anything from Zumba, yoga, Pilates, weight-lifting, cardio as well as a variety of other workouts are only a few mouse-clicks away.

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Following are a few online videos to get you started: Laura London—10-Minute Abs

For an on-the-go workout, 10-minute abs may be your speed. It’s a quick way to work those abs and fit exercise into your day.

Yoga for Complete Beginners— Yoga Class 20 Minutes Always wanted to try yoga? Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of yoga moves for complete beginners.

Learn dance moves to current songs with a step-by-step breakdown of hip hop moves. It’s a great way to stay entertained and show off your dance moves at parties to all your friends. Before starting any workout routine be sure to check with your health provider to determine what activity is best for you.

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When is the Best Time to Buy a Plane Ticket? may lower their fares during the weekend. These adjustments are made to reflect subtle changes in the market, such as previous prices for tickets purchased at a certain time and on a certain day and the cost of similar tickets from other airlines.


he old admonition that says it’s cheaper to buy plane tickets on a Tuesday at 1 a.m. could actually be a myth according to recent research. After analyzing the historical archive of tickets purchased from all major airlines, researchers found that the best time for leisure travelers to buy plane tickets is on the weekends. Airlines keep in mind the trend that business travelers book on weekdays and leisure travelers book on weekends. Because leisure travelers are typically more price-sensitive than business travelers, whose flights are usually paid for by their company, airlines

But the difference between weekday and weekend fares varies for all flights and airlines. Flights to popular hot spot destinations rarely go down in price on the weekends because there aren’t as many business travelers buying those tickets on weekdays as there are leisure travelers. The study researched only roundtrip flights and did not consider holiday price changes. It is common knowledge that it saves money to book flights far in advance, but if you can save a little extra by managing the timing of your purchase, why not take advantage of it? Understanding the way the market works and the little adjustments that happen based on history, flight destination and type of traveler may save you up to 5 percent when booking a —Amanda Murphy flight to a low-key destination.

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t has been suggested that reusing a bath towel frequently is the eco-friendly thing to do. It saves water, reduces energy use, and even lightens the laundry load. But through all of this conserving, we don’t realize what we are potentially exposing ourselves to. Whenever a person uses a washcloth or towel, skin cells rub off the body and stick to the fabric, serving as food for bacteria. Bacteria thrives in moist, densely woven materials, such as a soft bath towel, which holds a lot of nooks and crannies for them to hide out in. Recent studies have found that bacteria not only stays on that freshly dampened towel, but reattaches onto human skin whenever the towel is reused. This can cause skin infections, especially when open wounds are exposed. To avoid infection, yet still preserve water, reuse a personal bath towel once or twice before the next wash (compared to its weekly visit to the laundry room). If a hand cloth or towel is being used by more than one person throughout the day, it is recommended that it be washed daily. Anything that gets completely soaked should be washed that day, as it remains a more open invitation to bacteria.

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Spring In Your Step

Look what’s in bloom! Take a foothold on the latest shoe styles for warmer weather found at local stores.




1. Toms Navy Umbrella Stripe $54 Cole Couture 1240 Thomasville Road Colecouture.com (850) 553-3327 2. Toms Pink Strappy Wedge $69 Cole Couture 1240 Thomasville Road Colecouture.com (850) 553-3327


3. Lime Sandals by Bamboo $30 Heels and Handbags 1401 Market Street, Suite 2 Facebook.com/heelsandhandbags (850) 222-0111 4. Coral Wedges with Flower by Restricted $65 Spriggs 6800 Thomasville Road spriggsluxe.com (850) 894-2630 5. Studded Gladiator Sandals by Bamboo Heels and Handbags $36 1401 Market Street, Suite 2 Facebook.com/heelsandhandbags (850) 222-0111

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4. 6. Tory Burch Wedge Slide in Royal Tan $265 Narcissus 1408 Timberlane Road Facebook.com/narcissusstyle (850) 668-4807 7. Bright Pink Wedge Sandal by Lilly Pulizter $148 Pink Narcissus 1350 Market Street Facebook.com/pinknarcissus (850) 597-8201


8. Vince Camuto Double Buckle Wedge in Rose Gold $98.50 Private Gallery, Inc. 1345 Thomasville Road Shopprivategallery.com (850) 222-1015 9. Tory Burch Patent Ballet Flat in Island Turquoise $178 Narcissus 1408 Timberlane Road Facebook.com/narcissusstyle (850) 668-4807



10. Camel Wedges with Bow by Restricted $49 Spriggs 6800 Thomasville Road spriggsluxe.com (850) 894-2630 11. Wrap Wedge Print by Lilly Pulizter $228 Pink Narcissus 1350 Market Street Facebook.com/pinknarcissus (850) 597-8201

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Spring In Your Home

Spring is in the air so bring it into your home with pops of color and accents inspired by nature, all available at local retailers.

Spring Twig Berry 9 Inch Wreath $31.98 Tallahassee Nurseries 2911 Thomasville Road (850) 385-2126 Tallahasseenurseries.com

Bird Motif 20 Inch Crewel Pillow $115 Vignettes 2066 Thomasville Road (850) 386-8525 Facebook.com/Vignettes

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Sunny Garden Birdhouse $18 Ten Thousand Villages 1415 Timberlane Road (850) 906-9010 Facebook.com/TenThousandVillagesTallahassee

Personalized Handcrafted Wooden Frames Large $36, Small $32 That’s Mine 1460 Market Street (850) 668-8300 Facebook.com/ThatsMine

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Mackenzie Child’s Flower Market Party Tray $144 My Favorite Things 1410 Market Street (850) 681-2824 Shopmft.com

Funktion Dish Towels $24 each Sweet Patina 2030 Thomasville Road (850) 727-4834 Facebook.com/SweetPatina

Green Ribbed Bamboo Vases Large $175, Small $125 Furniture Showcase and Design The Gallery at Market Street (850) 894-1235 Fsdfl.com 20  t a l l a h a s s e e

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haute HAPPENINGS “You don’t want to miss”

Lemoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival



April 4 – May 10, 2013 Goodwood Museum A fashion exhibition presented by Goodwood Museum and Gardens in conjunction with Florida State University’s College of Human Sciences, this event recounts the lives of the women who lived and dressed at Goodwood from the 1840s through 1930. The exhibit features 16 gowns and numerous accessories from all five owners of the house. The exhibit opens to the public on April 5th with paid tours of the Main House.

April 6, 2013 Leon County Courthouse From 8:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m., these point-to-point courses (10K/5K) cover rolling hills through the beautiful Myers Park neighborhood and finish 1/4 mile from the start area. The course is considered challenging. All races start at the courthouse and finish at the DOT building.

SPRINGTIME DOWNTOWN GETDOWN April 5, 2013 Downtown Tallahassee Join the Friday night pre-Springtime block party from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the Adams Street Commons. Entertainment will include local bands, community groups, food vendors and activities for kids.

SPRINGTIME TALLAHASSEE April 6, 2013 Downtown Tallahassee Join the fun at this year’s Springtime Tallahassee parade and festival, including fun for families and friends, with local and national entertainment acts. As always, there will also be fantastic arts and crafts, entertainment and food vendors that will offer a variety of items. For more information, including parade location and event times, visit springtimetallahassee.com. 22  t a l l a h a s s e e

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BEAUTY'S TEA PARTY April 7, 2013 Dorothy B. Oven Park The Tallahassee Ballet will be hosting this springtime event in the park to introduce families to the magical story of the Beauty and the Beast. Children will be invited to participate in a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, cookie decorating, family keepsake photo with Beauty and a sneak performance of the upcoming show. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 for children (over 18 months) and adults. For more information, visit tallahasseeballet.org.

SPORTSABILITY 2013 April 11–13, 2013 SportsAbility is the premier annual Florida Disabled Outdoors Association event that features both an indoor expo and a vast assortment of outdoor recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, their families and friends. For more information, visit fdoa.org.

THIRD ANNUAL ITALIAN FAMILY FESTA April 13–14, 2013 Tallahassee Auto Museum Italian wine and foods, desserts, live music, fireworks, and events for children, such as a sidewalk chalk contest and grape stomping. Admission is $5 per person, and children 12 and under are free. Times for the festivities are Saturday, 10 a.m.– 9 p.m. and Sunday, 12–5 p.m. For more information, visit italianfesta.org.

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LEMOYNE CHAIN OF PARKS ART FESTIVAL April 20–21, 2013 Downtown Chain of Parks Visitors view and purchase amazing one-of-a-kind works from over 135 fine artists from all over the United States while enjoying a weekend of fun, fine art, culinary delights, children’s art activity area and live entertainment. The event is free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit chainofparks.com.

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28TH ANNUAL CHEFS’ SAMPLER April 21, 2013 Tallahassee Mall The 28th Annual Chefs’ Sampler to benefit the Children’s Home Society of Florida will be held at the Tallahassee Mall. This culinary event will feature more than 40 restaurants and caterers serving up samples of their tasty specialties. General admission tickets are $50 and sponsorships are available. For more information, visit chsfl.org.

14TH ANNUAL USTA TALLAHASSEE TENNIS CHALLENGER April 27– May 4, 2013 Forestmeadows Tennis Center Come out to the 14th Annual USTA Tallahassee Tennis to benefit the D. Mark Vogter, M.D. Memorial Endowment for the Neuro-Intensive Care at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. The match will be held at the Forestmeadows Tennis Center. For more information or to become a sponsor, visit tallahasseechallenger.com.

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MARCH FOR BABIES April 27, 2013 Tom Brown Park Thousands are expected to participate in the 1- and 3-mile walks. This family-fun-filled morning includes live entertainment, free food and food trucks, kids activities, team photos and more. For more information, visit MarchForBabies. org or call (850) 422-3152. Sign up your team today at marchforbabies.org.

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Kentucky Derby Gala 2013

April 27, 2013 Southwood The TSO Pops in the Park at Southwood is a magical evening of outdoor music overlooking Central Park Lake. Thousands of concert-goers of all ages bring picnics, blankets and smiles to this wonderful community event. Gates open at 6:00 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10; children 12 and under are free. Call (850) 224-0461 for more information or visit tallahasseesymphony.org.

May 4, 2013 Tallahassee Antique Car Museum Raffle prizes, a silent auction, buffet, and dancing for all to enjoy. There is a minimum donation requirement of $50 per person benefitting the Leon Advocacy and Resource Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. For tickets and event information, visit leonarc.com.

UNIQUELY YOU WOMEN’S MINISTRY EVENT April 27, 2013 Wildwood Church Featured guest speaker Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries will be leading this all-day event. Advanced registration is $35, which includes a specially catered lunch. For more information and to register online, visit wildwoodchurchonline.org/uniquelyyou.

Chelsea House Spring Tea May 4, 2013 Faith Baptist Church Help support the women and children of the Chelsea House ministry at their annual spring tea. For more information about attending the event or hosting a table, contact Kenna Bridges at (850) 566-6006, or kenna_bridges@yahoo.com.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST May 10–12, 2013 Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre at Florida State University Accompanied by a chamber orchestra, Tallahassee Ballet dancers will perform the classic fairytale, Beauty and the Beast, at Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre. For ticket information and performance times, call (850) 224-6917 or visit tallahasseeballet.org.

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THE MIRACLE WORKER May 16–19 and 24–26, 2013; May 31 to June 2, 2013 Tallahassee Little Theatre Come see the play of the well-known story of Helen Keller—blind, deaf and, consequently, mute. Pitied and badly spoiled by her parents, she learns no discipline until Anne Sullivan enters her life to serve as her governess and teacher. For ticket information and performance times, call (850) 224-8474 or visit online at tallahasseelittletheatre.org.

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19TH ANNUAL TOUR OF GARDENS May 18, 2013 Maclay Gardens The annual tour of privately owned gardens will begin with breakfast at Maclay Gardens at 9:00 a.m., along with a silent auction and plant sale. Participants are then given maps and invited to enjoy a self-paced tour of participating gardens. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. The tickets may be purchased in advance at the park, Tallahassee Nurseries, Wild Birds Unlimited and Native Nurseries.

ACROSS GENERATIONS: A FAMILY ART DAY May 18, 2013 Mission San Luis The event will allow families to explore art together and see how participating artists learned their skills and developed their styles. Visitors will be able to speak with artists, experience demonstrations of various art processes, and participate in handson activities. For more information, visit missionsanluis.org.




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Deborah Polston A Voice for Children By Heather Thomas Photography by Alison Douglas

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For as long as she can remember, Deborah Polston, Florida’s Human Trafficking Advocate, has felt the call to mother. By answering it she has helped to change the lives of her own children, including giving a new beginning to six adopted brothers, and has become a voice of hope and justice for children in Florida’s foster care system and those enslaved in human trafficking. t a l l a h a s s e e wo m a n

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hen Deborah Polston speaks of children—her own and the many that she advocates for—there is delight in her smile, a glow to her countenance and an unwavering, intense passion. She avidly recounts happy moments spent growing up in a loving family and the years raising her own. The Polston family is a proverbial brood—with four grown daughters, six adopted sons and five grandchildren, Deborah and her husband Ricky feel abundant joy from the bounty of some of life’s greatest blessings. Not all of the moments have been a walk in the spring garden, however, and Deborah will be the first to admit that the last ten years have been some of the hardest of her life. “Being a parent to four daughters made me feel like I had this mothering thing under control. All of that was turned upside down when we began the journey of raising our boys.” The journey for Deborah began with the intrinsic draw to those who were on the fringe of social circles. When growing up, she remembers, she would gravitate towards the children in her classes who

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“Every child longs for love, hope, safety, and security, not condemnation, for being forced into circumstances beyond their control...” needed the security and love of a family, and she would bring them home to hers. After marrying Ricky and beginning her own family, which blossomed into four daughters, she voiced her desire to one day adopt, and over the years, pictures of foster-care children were posted to the family refrigerator. “It wasn’t the babies and the toddlers that called to me. It was the sibling groups and the ones with special needs that were getting passed up. They had as much hope as any child.” The search led them to three brothers, and once Ricky and Deborah brought them home, life would never again be the same.

What little that they knew about their new sons was that they had all been in and out of several foster homes. What they found out later about the boys’ history would subsequently send Deborah on a quest that would lead her to not only find help for their family but to propel her to a local and state leadership role in the realm of child advocacy. “We knew that the boys were drug-exposed, (fetal drug exposure), but we had no idea how much the exposure affected their brain development, fine motor skills and emotional development since there wasn’t much known about the long-term effects of fetal drug exposure at the time.” What Deborah learned was that she was very limited in the understanding of the circumstances from which these boys came from and what they were dealing with. “I was stripped of all of my pride; I had to abandon my need to be in control and just cried out for help.” Help came in the form of working with the principals, teachers and counselors in the boys’ schools, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and many others. Deborah says, “I

“All of our state’s children are our children and what happens to those children is our responsibility...” humbly learned that it really does take a village to nurture our children.” Deborah has been able to bring her practical experience and knowledge of raising children who are drug-exposed into DCF boardrooms and various state task forces. After the first two years of juggling a household of seven children and Ricky serving as a Supreme Court Justice of Florida (he now currently serves as Chief Justice), they received notice from DCF that the boys’ birth mother had delivered another baby boy who was also drugexposed and was available for adoption. Without hesitation, Deborah and Ricky began the adoption process. This time though, Deborah wanted to know more about the birth mother and why she continued in the lifestyle she was in and was unable to care for her own children. “I learned that she didn’t choose the circumstances that she was in, but was sold into it as a teenager by her own mother. I became aware of a very dark underbelly of our city, our state and our nation that involves the sexual trafficking of children.” Understanding the background of the birth mother gave Deborah deeper insight when they were contacted two years later about her having another baby boy and then another two years later, a sixth boy. Both were subsequently adopted by the Polstons. Inspired by the lives of her sons, Deborah wrote the children’s book Victor’s Dream to help bring hope to children in foster care

and to raise public awareness. Her book has been made available to all of the children in Florida’s foster care, and for every book sold, one will be gifted to a child.

human trafficking and the traps these traffickers are setting. Ultimately, it’s vitally important to get all children into a loving and permanent home.”

Deborah became focused on helping to prevent other children from enduring what the birth mother had been through and doing all that she could to raise awareness of children needing forever homes and those that are enslaved in the cycle of human trafficking. In the United States, 2.5 million people are being trafficked, and half of those are under the age of 18. Florida accounts for the third-highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. In response to this, in November of 2012, Governor Rick Scott appointed Deborah as Florida’s Human Trafficking Advocate. Last year, the Safe Harbor Act was passed in the Florida legislature and went into effect January 1. It ensures that children who have been sexually exploited will be treated as victims and not as criminals. “Every child longs for love, hope, safety and security—not condemnation—for being forced into circumstances beyond their control. We want to give our state’s children hope and a future, including providing safe houses for them, traumabased intervention programs and bringing human trafficking perpetrators to justice.”

Deborah understands that not everyone is willing or able to adopt or to foster, but she feels that everyone can do something to make a difference. “All of our state’s children are our children, and what happens to those children is our responsibility. If you look at it this way, then we are all mothers and parents and therefore we have a personal obligation to care for the children who are the most vulnerable. You can be a mentor or an advocate to help children who are aging out of the foster care system or help other foster parents if you can’t be one. Mother’s Day is a celebration that goes beyond us— it’s about the children of our communities.” For the days ahead of nurturing her sons, Deborah says, “I literally walk by faith and not by sight. We didn’t know we were going to get a call three different times that the birth mother would have a baby for us, but we have seen that God will take care of us on a daily basis. We have learned to not worry about tomorrow since there is too much today to focus on.” Deborah provides a poignant window into her daily walk as a mother: “I was out of the state with my daughter who gave birth to our fifth grandchild. Meanwhile, back in Tallahassee, my 9-year-old son went into the school clinic and told the nurse he felt like his heart was breaking in half because he missed me. I cried thinking about my boys missing me as I held my beautiful new grandchild. I felt so much love—it was a surreal moment of what motherhood truly means to me.”

As part of her advocacy role, Deborah is spearheading Florida’s Battle Against Human Trafficking Public Awareness Initiative. A large part of the initiative is to inform the public of the increasing dangers that face Florida’s children, particularly those in foster care and aging out of foster care, runaways and those with disabilities. According to UNICEF, children with disabilities have a 6 times greater risk of human trafficking. “Children in foster care are especially vulnerable to the lures of traffickers, and in some cases traffickers will force the children in their control to recruit others in the system. We are looking into developing a program that will teach children about

For more information about Deborah, visit deborahpolston.com. For more information about Human Trafficking and the Safe Harbor Act can be found at floridahumantrafficking.com. If interested in becoming involved in fostering a child, visit fosteringflorida.com.

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By Nancy Cohen

Photography by Adam Cohen Simple, clean lines on this Trina Turk suit, complements the loose fit of this white Trina Turk draped front silk blouse, both courtesy of Narcissus.

Why carry an attaché case when you can rock your style and carry all your work in this faux snake skin bag? Courtesy of Spriggs Laid Back Luxe. On a budget? Buy a great shoe that can be worn with many outfits. These Tori Burch Almond peep toe pumps, courtesy of Narcissus, are a great balance of “work and play. 30  t a l l a h a s s e e

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Accessorize your work look with complementary colors and textures like this gold chain link necklace and wood bangles courtesy of Narcissus.

Work or play, a piece like this lavender dress by 4 Collective, courtesy of Narcissus, will transition well into the evening.

When you look in your closet, do you ever wonder why it’s divided into two sections: work and play? Your personal style ethos for play can permeate your work environment. In the office, a woman can look sexy, stylish, powerful and professional. Don’t dress like a man trying to be a woman, nor how he thinks a woman should dress. You’re not looking for Mr. Right at work, so leave a lot to the imagination, albeit you can be more risqué than your Sunday best. This ethos doesn’t stop at clothing. Think outside the box and ditch the briefcase. Instead, pick up an oversized bag. Look for textures and complementary colors, and keep in mind that this is an accessory, so make sure it doesn’t clash. Color is huge this Spring, and offices can be dreary and lifeless. So, forget the potted plant, and be the decorative element, but keep it simple and clean. For a guide to this season’s colors, look left to the title—they’re in the word, “Spring.”

Accent a monochromatic look with a bold color like this Milly leather bag, courtesy of Narcissus.

On casual Friday it’s ok to sport dark denim (French Connection) with a graphic silk tank. Some simple bling like this Susan Shaw gold necklace is the perfect accessory. (All items above courtesy of Cole Couture). Now get down to business and tie it all together with a fitted blazer! (Pink Winnetex Blazer courtesy of White House Black Market).

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he farm-to-table movement is all the rage, so it only makes sense that cocktail gardening is coming into its own. When I discovered that it was one of the top gardening trends for this year, I knew I had to do some serious research. It’s critical to be up-to-date on gardening trends, you know. Like all serious researchers, I went to Facebook for answers. “What is a cocktail garden?” I asked. I discovered that its meaning varies among experienced quaffers. The casual cocktail gardener grabs a cold boy from the fridge and takes it outside while grilling burgers. My brother up north cocktail gardens in the winter months by making slushies with fresh snow. Committed cocktail gardeners may grow 20 or more varieties of plants just to complement their beverages. That’s impressive. My problem with this is that after an herbal 32  t a l l a h a s s e e

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concoction or two, I don’t think I would be able to locate the cardamom for the next round of Whiskey Rivers. Southerners were the original cocktail gardeners, and we don’t always mess around with a lot of unusual recipes either. A handful of mint, simple syrup and a dram or two of good bourbon still make the perfect garden cocktail. Serve a mint julep in a chilled silver cup on the front porch, and before long you’ll feel like a Southern belle, even if your front porch is an apartment balcony. Wear a gigantic hat and put the horse races on television, and you’ll practically be at the Kentucky Derby. Aren’t cocktail gardens wonderful? Herbs are a mainstay of the cocktail garden, and they are easy to grow in our forgiving climate. Plant lemony herbs, such as verbena and lemon thyme, and sweet herbs like mint (try

chocolate and apple mints!). A few sage leaves brighten up tequila. Jalapenos or pickled okra spice up a Bloody Mary, and avid gardeners can even make their own tomato juice. Edible flowers like nasturtium and citrus blossoms are lovely garnishes when frozen in ice cubes. Citrus is another excellent cocktail garden choice, and lucky for us, we can grow many varieties in our gardens. Meyer lemon, satsuma and the elegant limequat are outstanding choices. We can also grow strawberries, kiwi, blueberries and peaches, rendering our cocktail options endless. One remarkable thing about cocktail gardening is that it makes drinking memorable. That’s practically an oxymoron, isn’t it? Think about it. How many drinks do you remember? I thought so. But who can forget an uber-fresh mojito or a luscious lemon drop scented

with just-picked basil leaves? And whether entertaining a crowd or just celebrating the sunset on a perfect spring evening, there is nothing wrong with creating a beautiful memory. Cheers!

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Ingredients: 3 tablespoons citrus vodka 2 tablespoons Cointreau 1 tablespoon sweet and sour mix 1 squeeze of Meyer lemon 4 basil leaves Orange, satsuma or Meyer lemon slices and additional basil leaves for garnish Preparation: Tear basil leaves in half and place them in a highball glass together with ½ oz. of sweet and sour mix. Muddle the mixture until the color changes from yellow to bright green. Add the vodka and Cointreau and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Garnish with citrus slices and basil leaves.

The Perfect Mojito Ingredients: 2 tablespoons fresh limequat or lime juice 2 teaspoons superfine sugar 1 cup crushed ice 12 fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup white rum 2 tablespoons club soda Additional mint sprigs for garnish Preparation: In highball glass, stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup crushed ice. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass, then tear leaves in half and add to glass. Gently stir for 15 seconds, then add rum, remaining crushed ice and club soda. Gently stir for 5 seconds, then tuck mint sprigs into top of glass. Carolyn Binder lives in Monticello and is a garden writer, foodie and photographer. Visit her blog about life and cooking from the garden at cowlickcottagefarm.com, or friend her on Facebook at Cowlick Cottage Farm.

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Understanding Endometriosis By Michelle R. Nickens

Endometriosis is one of the leading causes of hysterectomy, infertility and pelvic pain in women and girls around the world. But there is hope—there is help.


n a high school theatre trip, one of my cocompetitors started her period. She was in so much pain, she could not get out of bed or compete. There were tears and anger. I did not understand why she hurt so much, and I felt bad for her, but also confused. All these years later, thinking about her symptoms, I believe she may have suffered with a debilitating medical condition—endometriosis. I did not know what it was then, but today I am much more aware. In my circle of friends, family and coworkers, I have seen so many women living in pain, hoping for a diagnosis and seeking relief, while managing their lives, riding an emotional roller-coaster filled with confusion, anger, sadness and even embarrassment. While writing this article, I learned that one of my family members lived with endometriosis most of her life. It is difficult to determine how many women have endometriosis. However, according to the Endometriosis Association, it affects about 6.3 million women and girls in the United States. Endometriosis.org reports that endometriosis occurs in approximately 1 in 10 women. So, like me, you probably have a friend, sister, daughter or coworker suffering with endometriosis. Or it might be that you are seeking an answer. Many women experience symptoms of endometriosis during adolescence, and it is seen mostly in women who do not have children. Unfortunately, many women do not get diagnosed and treated until they are in their 20s or 30s. One patient explained that her pain started at age 13. It was so intense that she would miss school. Now at age 20, she has been diagnosed with endometriosis. Dr. Bures-Forsthoefel, of Gynecology and Obstetrics Associates, explained that it is hard to say whether endometriosis is more prevalent today or not because of advances in detection, enhanced awareness and changes in

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culture. In the past, women had children earlier in life but are now waiting. Women have a voice today that they did not have years ago. Also, the medical community has advanced its ability to identify diseases. Michelle E. Marvel, Executive Director of the Endometriosis Research Center, says that endometriosis remains “poorly understood, under diagnosed and inadequately managed.” Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to that which lines the uterus (endometrium) is found outside the uterus. This misplaced tissue develops into growths or lesions. During the menstrual cycle, endometriosis responds like other tissue of the uterine lining, whereby the tissue builds up, breaks down and sheds, but the blood and tissue cannot leave the body. Dr. Bures-Forsthoefel says, “The problem with endometriosis is that it manifests itself in many ways. It does not act like other diseases, and it is not the same in everyone.” Symptoms include pain before and during periods, infertility, fatigue, painful urination and bowel movements during periods, painful intercourse, and other gastrointestinal upsets, such as diarrhea, constipation and nausea.

“Usually,” Dr. Bures-Forsthoefel explained, “patients come in concerned about painful periods, irregular bleeding or painful intercourse. One of the first things we do, after reviewing the patient’s history and workup, is get them on birth control to regulate ovulation. Often this works, but if the patient comes back and things have not improved or are worse, that is a red flag.” Dr. Shannon Price of North Florida Women’s Care, remarked, “I see so many young girls that have been led to believe that this is normal. It is not normal and needs to be investigated. Patients say people didn’t believe them or thought they had a low pain threshold. Others heard that it was part of being a woman or in their head. This psychological impact can be devastating.” Padma Lakshmi, an international actress, model, author and host of Top Chef, cofounded the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Padma suffered with the disease for decades. “Pain,” she

said, “is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.” Every woman is different. Understand your body, ask questions and find a doctor who listens. “Patients will tell you what’s wrong,” Dr. Price stressed. “We just have to listen.” Diagnosing endometriosis can be a challenge. “Often tests come back normal,” Dr. Price explained. “The only way to really diagnosis endometriosis,” Dr. Bures-Forsthoefel said, “is through laparoscopic surgery.” The goal is to identify and minimize the abnormal tissue. Treatment depends on the patient. Pregnancy is encouraged because there is no period. But, if the patient does not want to become pregnant, there are options, such as anti-inflammatories, artificial menopause, progesterone injections, continuous birth control and hysterectomy. The cause of endometriosis is unknown; however, it often runs in families. There is nothing that can be done to prevent

passing it on, but you can be proactive. “Young women,” Dr. Price said, “are not always forthcoming in what they are experiencing. They might be confused, embarrassed or depressed. They may not be able to participate in social events, they miss school or grades or relationships with parents may suffer.” One parent said, “You are trying to understand why your daughter is in pain, trying to find answers, but feeling inadequate because you can’t help. She’s doubled over and you’re at a loss.” Dr. Price emphasized, “There is nothing you did to create this. Lifestyle choices do not influence whether someone will suffer with endometriosis.” My classmate was a great actress. If she would have been able to compete that day, she would have won. If you are in pain and it is impacting your quality of life, make an appointment with a gynecologist and ask whether it could be endometriosis.

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RIDIN’ By Kellie Odom

“Hey Baby, what are you doing?” His reply, “Ridin’.” This was a recent text exchange between my son and me. The last couple of weeks had been extra hectic for him, and together, he and I decided that he would take a “mental health” day from school and hang out with his grandfather. I had a small jolt when I read this text because that was all it was—one word: “ridin”. He was content to be in the truck, going anywhere with his PopPop. You see, my son is sixteen years old and just as connected as anyone else’s son. You know the drill: Facebook,

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text, ESPN, video games, text again, Facebook again and so on and so on. Sometimes we forget that our children really, in the deepest part of who they are, do not want to be entertained all the time. They really just want our time and our attention. My dad had an appointment and told my son that he could just “ride around” with him on that particular day. It was the recipe for the perfect day for my son, who anticipated the day including a really good hamburger and a trip to the woods. Often, we, as parents, get caught up in the day-to-day happenings of our children’s lives: Science Fair, homework, game at this field or that, piano lessons here or there, need a shirt or a dress for this event and tickets to that concert. How much does all of this really matter in the grand scheme of who our children are becoming? I ask this question mostly of myself because I

am just as guilty of this as anyone. Many times the urgent things replace the really important things, i.e., just “ridin’.” We forget to ask about the details of the day, opting instead for the question, “What must be done by tomorrow?” I realized this week how much time I actually spend concerned with getting a head-start on “tomorrow” and not relishing and taking in all that today holds. When I get in the bed at night, where do my thoughts go? Am I thankful for the positive and the fabulous things that today held? Or am I exhausting myself with the question, “what needs to be done tomorrow?” As I go through the routines of the day, I want to be thinking about what is going to be lasting in my children’s memories, not just working to get us through until tomorrow, when we’ll do it all again. I hope that all of our time is not spent just getting things done, but really enjoying the trip that has been given us in our children.

I find as my children get older, I become more aware of how fleeting time is, yet, I still get consumed with all the technicalities that come with life. When I read that text, I was once again reminded to stop and enjoy the “ride” that being a parent allows. Your children and mine are wonderful, exceptional beings, full of energy and excitement about everything! It’s never too late for new beginnings. Take some time this spring and every season from now on for just “ridin’.” Kellie Odom is a wife and the mom of two incredible teenagers. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education. Kellie currently works as an adjunct instructor at Tallahassee Community College.

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April Brueckheimer Dean and One Heckuva a Dream By Heather Thomas


hat happens when a shoe lover becomes vertically challenged by her shoes? April Brueckheimer Dean faced the daunting proposition of wearing high-heeled shoes as a bridesmaid in her sister-in-law’s wedding while five months pregnant with her first child. After searching for a heel protector online to help her navigate the grassy landscape of an outdoor wedding, she found that there was nothing available. “I was surprised at first, but then I became inspired. I’ve always loved challenges.” Tenacity in business served her well as a real estate banker before changing her role to a full-time mom of her two young sons several years ago. She also has a creative side, so the idea of inventing a heel protector took hold of her in such a strong way that she couldn’t let it go. “I knew instinctively that I could create something that would help women walk safely, yet stylishly and confidently, in their heels on any surface and that there would be a market for a product like that”, And so the idea for Heckuva Heel was born.

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A Tallahassee native who enjoys the outdoor events our region has to offer, April spent a considerable amount of time in her backyard walking around in heels, testing self-made prototypes from different materials on typical Southern terrain. However, none of her prototypes answered the main questions that she would always ask herself, “Does it work? Does it look good? Would I buy it? These three questions were equal in importance to me.” She got very familiar with a power drill and ruined quite a few pairs of shoes in the process of finding the right prototype on her own. After realizing she needed help to develop an effective prototype, she began searching for the right company that would asssit her in creating what she was envisioning and to take it to the marketplace. “I learned that there are a lot of shady companies out there and some that won’t even be open to your idea, so I was concerned about my idea getting stolen or being taken advantage of in a financial sense.” After a tedious amount of researching and phone calls, April found the right fit with a company

based in California. Right away, the CEO and design team expressed extreme interest in April’s idea, and things progressed quickly after that. They came up with six sketches, and after April chose one, the first prototype actually came from a 3D printer. “It was such a great relationship with them from the very beginning. They listened to me and never lost focus of my vision— that was pivotal for me. You can’t be the best at everything, but you can surround yourself with the best people who are.” After the prototype stage is the creation of the “tool”, or the mold for mass production of a product. This stage was one of the hardest for April since it involved the most financial investment and risk on her end since there are three different sizes for the heel protector, so there needed to be three

different tools. Inevitably, doubt and fear frequently tried to take a foothold. “Whenever it did, though,” April says, “Carlton [April’s husband] would encourage me to focus on the positive in the situation and to keep going. I learned how important it is to surround yourself with a carefully selected, small group of people who totally believe in you and what you are doing but can also advise you constructively.”

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Interestingly, naming the product was one of the hardest tasks of all. “I wanted something that would help describe what the product was in a memorable way but also convey a Southern feel. “Heckuva Heel” had the catchy sound to it and the regional tiein that we were looking for, not to mention it’s just fun to say!” The heel protectors come in clear or black, and each box has three different sizes in order to fit practically any pair of heels in your closet. They are available through the Heckuva Heel website and local stores (see below). April hopes to expand availability at national retailers in the near future. April has followed through on an idea despite the challenges and has had one heckuva ride. She has proved to be resilient and has handled herself with grace, much like the product she created. “I can’t tell you how much fun I have had and how much I have enjoyed the process and the journey. I’ve been able to see a dream become a reality, and hopefully my journey will inspire other women to do the same.”

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C O M M U N I T Y | events

It’s Time for the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger By Mary Katherine Aaronson


his year will mark the 14th annual USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, beginning April 27 through May 4 at Forestmeadows tennis complex. Hundreds of participants come out each year to be a part of this wonderful cause. Whether it’s to play in the event, to volunteer to sell tickets or to set up or clean up, there is always a great atmosphere and a sense of responsiveness at this positive event. The first Challenger tournament took place in 2000, dedicating proceeds to a memorial in honor of Mark Vogter, husband of Karen Vogter, the tournament director since the 2005 tournament. Committed to this position, Karen dedicates her time to making sure the tournament is run perfectly. “The transition to tournament director felt very natural,” Karen said. The D. Mark Vogter, M.D. Memorial Endowment for the Neuro Intensive Care Unit was established at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation. At the unit, patients are treated for neurological trauma, stroke, brain tumors and spinal cord injuries. The tennis tournament has raised over $450,000 for this endowment, which continues to grow each year.

“...We are very proud of our work with the many different groups in our community. Tennis is for everyone—really!”

Seven years ago, the Challenger added the Sharon Ewing Walker Pro Am to raise money for the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. There has been a total of $54,919 contributed to this endowment as well. Since 2010, the Maria Yealdhall fund at the Friends of Our Parks has received funds from the tournament. These have been used to improve tennis facilities in Tallahassee.

Meet Your Match Attend the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge to see the greatest tennis stars compete for a chance to earn a Main Draw Wild Card into the French Open. Bring your family and enjoy the action.

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This year, the Challenger was presented with the Outstanding Diversity Achievement Award presented annually, by the United States Tennis Association, Florida section, to an individual or organization that has championed the cause for diversity both on and off the tennis court. A proud Karen exclaimed, “It was a real honor to receive this award. We are very proud of our work with the many different groups in our community. Tennis is for everyone—really!” There are many ways to participate in this event, and new volunteers are always welcomed. Tournament passes can be purchased for $50 beginning April 8 at the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation at (850) 431-5389 or The Grey Fox (850) 576-8372. The cost for daily tickets varies depending on the day. For more information, visit tallahasseechallenger.com.


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A Place of Refuge

Refuge House Celebrates 35 Years of Helping Victims of Domestic Violence By Amanda Murphy


omestic violence and sexual assault affect thousands of women, children and men in our community every year. Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten. One in five women in the United States has been raped in her lifetime, and nearly half have experienced some other form of sexual violence. The key to preventing these attacks and stopping the cycle of abuse is to raise awareness about violence towards others, to educate communities and individuals on recognizing the signs of abuse and to learn strategies to help those most vulnerable. For the past 35 years, Refuge House has been a place of safety for women and an invaluable resource for the Big Bend community. One of the main missions of Refuge House is to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and to their children and families. The other main goal is to eliminate such violence through community education and public advocacy. This past Valentine’s Day marks the thirtyfifth anniversary of the Refuge House, and they are celebrating the progress that has been made through services such as the 24-hour hotline, an emergency shelter, sexual violence services, counseling and therapy, transitional housing and legal assistance. Meg Baldwin, the Executive Director of Refuge House, says, “We ask that everyone learn the number to our hotline as their first step to support our mission so that if they or anybody they know has some concerns, they know where to go for help.” Meg has been a part of Refuge House for 15 years, 8 of which she has been the executive director, and attests that “Issues in advocacy and violence against women have always been a long-standing passion in my life.” In regards to learning, Meg says, “We provide community education and training to over 5,000 people every year, from middle school to college students, professional groups, churches, civic groups and organizations and law enforcement.” Since April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Meg wants the public to know about the immediacy of the Rape Crisis Program, a response Refuge House offers to victims of sexual assault right after an attack. “We send an advocate to meet the victim at the hospital who will help the victim navigate aftercare services with medical staff and law enforcement and provide continuation of counseling.” The program also offers 6 weeks of housing, food, support and counseling to help women heal. Services are also offered to the victim’s children to rebuild family relationships and to create more stability.

For its 35th birthday, Refuge House is having a year-long celebration. In February, they held the grand reopening of their thrift store, and in March, they honored community members who have been steadfast supporters. In April, there will be a community awareness event. Every donation and every act of service contributes to the mission of Refuge House—whether it’s volunteering, donating furniture, or learning the signs of domestic violence and sexual assault in order to help a neighbor, a coworker or a loved one. In the 35 years of fighting for advocacy, it is clear that Refuge House is unceasing its efforts to save lives, build hope and end the violence. For more information about Refuge House, visit refugehouse.com. The 24-hour, toll-free Refuge House hotline is (800) 500-1119.

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Jimbo and Candi Fisher’s Kidz1stFund held a fundraiser earlier this spring. Close to 250 generous supporters gathered in southern attire at Hale’s Place Plantation for an intimate (and chilly!) evening of southern hospitality and blue collar hilarity with special guest Jeff Foxworthy to raise awareness and research dollars for Fanconi anemia, the rare and life-threatening disease that affects the Fisher’s son and many others. 2.






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Tallahassee Women Lawyers 30 Anniversary Judicial Reception



Tallahassee Women Lawyers celebrated its 30th Anniversary Judicial Reception at Florida’s Historic Capitol. A favorite Tallahassee event each year that honors the Judiciary for the public service they provide, this year’s Judicial Reception was attended by more than 375 members of Tallahassee’s legal and professional community. 5.



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Author of Under the Tuscan Sun shares the story of her years in Italy as well as recipes from her new cookbook. 1. Martha Barnett, DK Roberts 2. Cindy O’Connell, Faye Warren 3. Frances Mayes 4. Mary Ann Tonnicliff, Paula Carroll

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Covenant Hospice “A Chocolate Affair”


Chocolate lovers and supporters of Covenant Hospice gathered at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum for “A Chocolate Affair.” Guest enjoyed an arrangement of chocolate desserts, dancing, a silent auction and a dessert competition. Proceeds from the event benefited underfunded programs of Covenant Hospice.











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Shelley B. Green was named the 2012-2013 Alumnae Panhellenic Woman of the Year. Shelley is a partner with Tidewater Consulting, Inc., and serves as both Alumnae Chapter Treasurer and Collegiate District Officer of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity.

Catherine Wright, Prayer Intercessor of Just Pray Florida, Inc., has recently opened a 24-hour Prayer Center devoted to ministering to and praying for our state, our nation, families, women and men, marriages, businesses, etc. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister and pastor, Catherine has overcome many life challenges and knows the power of prayer. She is the author of Oh, God, What Have I Done?

Mary A. Floyd, is the Founder and CEO of Floyd & Associates Investigative Solutions, LLC. She was recently recognized as a “Featured Member” for the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators. Mary is a member of the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators.

Jo Ann Chichetti, CDA, RDH, BASDH, has been elected President of the Capital Area Dental Hygiene Association. Jo Ann is involved in clinical dental hygiene in private practice locally and serves as adjunct faculty at Tallahassee Community College for both Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs. She is a lifetime member of the Florida Dental Hygiene Association and has practiced professionally for 38 years in both general and periodontal settings.

Shannon Young, a graduate of FSU’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program and a promising young member of Tallahassee’s burgeoning art community, recently started the business Forever Young Tattoo.

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or some, Mother’s Day is celebrated once a year, bringing with it gifts of flowers or perfume, maybe even a phone call. But for the Harrison family, the spirit of Mother’s Day is celebrated year-round through courageous acts and a broader spirit of giving. In 2002, at the age of 42, Claire Walker Harrison was diagnosed with breast cancer. What started as a routine mammogram resulted in a lumpectomy and radiation treatments. According to her daughter, Kate, who was only 10 at the time, Claire faced her diagnosis and endured treatment with such strength and calm that her children were concerned for their

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mother but never fearful. The treatment was ultimately successful, and Claire was cancer-free. Fast forward to 2012, when another routine mammogram found cancer again. This time, Claire, whose own mother had a mastectomy to remove breast cancer in 1973 and whose sister-in-law, Sharon Ewing Walker, died of breast cancer in 2005, opted for a double mastectomy. She had hoped surgery would be enough, but later, Claire was told she would still need to undergo 6 months of chemotherapy. As Kate watched her mother endure treatment, she began thinking of ways to encourage her and to help her look forward

to the end of chemotherapy. To celebrate, Kate started planning a girls’ weekend in Savannah, Georgia, where Claire could watch her run her fourth marathon. However, on a whim a week later, Kate Googled “Ironman.” Ironman Florida 2012 was to be held the same weekend as the planned Savannah trip. Kate knew immediately she wanted to compete in the grueling triathlon, consisting of a 2.4mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2mile run—140.6 miles in all. When she discovered all the race slots were filled for the Panama City Beach event, Kate refused to let it go. She knew there had to be a way. Eventually, she stumbled upon a post announcing that a single race slot would

be auctioned off for charity. Without telling a soul, Kate started bidding. After winning the auction, Kate immediately started training. Many told her she was crazy. Most Ironman participants train for a year or more, whereas Kate, who didn’t even own a bike at the time, had only 5 months to prepare. But with her mother’s cancer and her school-work at Florida State University threatening to overwhelm her, Kate saw the race as “something refreshing to look forward to.” Her goal was straightforward: she wanted her mom to see her race. She figured if Claire could get through cancer and finish chemo, she could finish the Ironman. On the morning of the race, Kate posted to Facebook, “Here goes 140.6. Mom, this one is for you.” Kate did her mom proud that day. With her parents and younger brother, James, looking on, she not only finished the race, she won her division, earning herself a spot at the 2013 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. As Kate trains to compete against some of the world’s top athletes, she is simultaneously finishing up a degree in exercise science, complete with pre-med courses, at FSU. For most 21-year-olds, this would be ample commitment but, as her mother says, “Kate is always looking for a challenge.” So Kate has taken on the additional responsibility of fundraising as part of her preparations for Kona. Through the Ironman Foundation, Kate, who has witnessed firsthand the benefits of having quality cancer treatment available close to home, is raising funds for the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. Her goal is $10,000. As she explains on her blog, Kona for Cancer, “This time, I truly want to race for something bigger than myself.”

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No More

Astronaut s By Cheryl O’Donovan


hen my oldest was a third-grader, the school year culminated in a mock liftoff where he pretended to be an astronaut. A white tee with a hand-painted NASA logo served as his spacesuit. His rocket and helmet were homemade, too. Fast-forward to déjà vu. Today my youngest is moon-bound. His spaceship looks like it came from an aerospace factory specializing in rubber chicken launches. Other kids have U.S. LUNAR scrolled on their rockets. Ours has U.S. LOONEY. Three o’clock, the bell rings. Grinning, my youngest skips toward the van, navy back pack swinging from his shoulders. He’s wearing his own shirt with the NASA logo, pretending to fly the duct-taped rocket. And I realize. I have no more astronauts.

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With growth comes the crash of illusions. Last year, they caught me sneaking Easter baskets into their room, expressing skepticism about a giant rabbit’s ability to zip around the earth overnight.

1960’s song Harry Belafonte helped write:

“The Easter Bunny outsourced the jelly bean job to me, boys. That’s the truth.”

Where have they gone

“Mom.” My oldest scolds. Someday he’ll be exposing pyramid frauds. “We saw the candy in the closet.” Oh, I like school projects. Nothing eclipses the adrenaline rush of lastminute scrambling, or the spinetingling stress of finding a store that might sell a protractor at 9:34 p.m. They’re getting older, though. Soon they won’t need cupcakes for classroom events. I won’t tail my son in a Halloween parade wearing a bent witch’s hat. No longer will I sit in the third row fretting over a musical performance, praying my son’s fidgeting won’t cause a cave-in of the chorus bleachers. Along the school sidewalks, I see younger moms with toddlers. Once, mine were that little. And I remember “Turn Around,” a

Where have they gone My little ones, little ones

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