Friendly Freemasons Freely Furnish Funds

Earlier this week, David Gower and Oliver Ostorga gave checks of $2300 and $1000 from the Port Isabel Masonic Lodge 33 and the McAllen Masonic Lodge 1110 to Melba Huber for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. These generous donations will be spent to pay for Laurin’s 24/7 nursing care. Many thanks to all the Freemasons of these two generous lodges.

PICTURED BELOW: The Freemasons from Port Isabel and McAllen lodges meet Laurin. From left to right: Rodney Brown, Darrell Bryan, David Gower and Oliver Ostarga. Altogether the Freemasons from Port Isabel Masonic Lodge 33 and the McAllen Masonic Lodge 1110 contributed $3300 to help pay for Laurin’s ongoing, 24/7 nursing care. One of Laurin’s best friends from high school is Gail Gower, the sister of David Gower.

Freemasons from McAllen and Port Isabel Masonic Lodges visit with Laurin.

Freemasons from McAllen and Port Isabel Masonic Lodges visit with Laurin.

The checks were presented at the home of Melba Huber, where Laurin receives nursing and medical care that has kept her alive since 1980. The life expectancy for someone with Laurin’s brain-stem injury is less than seven years.

Generous donations checks are presented to Laurin's mother, Melba.

Generous donations checks are presented to Laurin’s mother, Melba.

 

***************

Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

#laurinsangels  #welovelaurin

 

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather
facebookyoutubeby feather

Trust Update: Trunk Show and Other Donations

We are so grateful to Monica Martinez and Lori Nisimblat for all their work on the Stella and Dot Charity Trunk Show to benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. This was truly a unique and oh-so-fashionable way to help Laurin with her ongoing medical expenses. Thank you to all who placed orders!

Shop for a cause... help the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust!

If you missed out on this event, please be sure to “like” Laurin’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin. We may be doing an encore event later this summer. Stay tuned!

We also wish to thank the following supporters, who either wrote checks to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, or gave online via PayPal (see “Donate” button below).

Susan Lawler
Mary Chapin
Victoria Bennett
Jack & Bobbie Buck
Nancy Weiss
Georgeanna Jones
Jo Rowan
Pamela Economides
Robert Davis
Jill Garza
Hildegardo G. Costa
Daisy A. Arce
Helena Solis
Margaret Leal
Karen Aguirre

Some of these folks are friends who now live hundreds of miles away. It is so special and touching to us how y’all have rallied around to help Laurin. What a blessing to know that friendship is not diminished by distance!

Be sure to keep an eye out for future fundraisers. There are some exciting plans in the works! Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours. If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

 

#laurinsangels  #welovelaurin

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather
facebookyoutubeby feather

Fashion Fundraiser: Online Trunk Show to Benefit Laurin

Do you have any women or girls on your list for bridal/graduation/birthday gift shopping? Here’s a way to get all that done AND support the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust too.

Shop for a cause... help the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust!

Shop for a cause… help the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust!

Monica Martinez is hosting an online trunk show for Stella and Dot, offering a rich variety of fashion accessories for women and girls. Monica’s daughter was a performer in the recent musical production of “Annie,” which was also a fundraiser for Laurin. When she heard about the need, she teamed up with stylist Lori Nisimblat to create this unique benefit for Laurin. Lori had a cousin who took dance at Melba’s Dance School and knew she wanted to help. Her cousin? Broadway performer Gaby Ruiz, who has taught several master classes at Melba’s.

When you shop via the link below, 25% of the purchase price of everything you buy will go to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust to provide for Laurin’s ongoing medical needs. There is some beautiful jewelry there, as well as bags and scarves. You will at least want to browse this!

Visit this link between May 23 and June 12 to shop the trunk show and help Laurin: www.stelladot.com/ts/y6yy5.

You can buy jewelry, bags, scarves and other cool accessories and help Laurin too!

You can buy jewelry, bags, scarves and other cool accessories and help Laurin too!

 

These fundraisers are so important for Laurin’s future. We’d love to hear from anybody who has ideas for future fundraising events.

If you’d like to make a direct donation, please use the “Donate” button below, or mail a check to We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, 605 N McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501.

Thank you to Lori and Monica and all you trunk show shoppers for your support!

Lisa Kinsolving 

 

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather
facebookyoutubeby feather

Laurin in the Spotlight at Closing Performance of “Annie”

When choreographer and Melba’s Dance School director Julie Doyle came onstage prior to the opening curtain of “Annie” Sunday evening in McAllen, she announced that this performance was dedicated to Laurin Huber and that all four performances were to help raise money for Laurin’s medical needs. The sold-out audience of 500 broke into enthusiastic applause as a spotlight suddenly beamed down on Laurin.

Laurin checks out the sparkly costumes of some of the ensemble members. Melba (in blue) is surrounded by Daniela Rodriguez (Grace), Johny Joe Trillayes (“Daddy” Warbucks), Ricardo Flores (Drake) and other cast members.

Laurin checks out the sparkly costumes of some of the ensemble members. Melba (in blue) is surrounded by Daniela Rodriguez (Grace), Johny Joe Trillayes (“Daddy” Warbucks), Ricardo Flores (Drake) and other cast members.

It was a fun, though rare, moment for Laurin, who seldom gets out of the house. A special effort was made for this event. Laurin’s mom (Melba) and two of her nurses (Carmen and Elvia) got her into her wheelchair and loaded her into the lift-equipped van for an afternoon at the matinee!

Laurin was absolutely riveted by the delightful show produced by All Star Theatre and Melba’s Dance School. She was enjoying it so much that she had little patience for the distractions of the nurse trying to make her more comfortable! She had no problems despite being off her oxygen for several hours. After the show, Laurin got to go onstage for a meet-and-greet with the cast.
Laurin enjoys a moment onstage with the full cast and crew of Annie, who dedicated the show to her. Four performances were given, all benefitting the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust.

Laurin enjoys a moment onstage with the full cast and crew of Annie, who dedicated the show to her. Four performances were given, all benefitting the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust.

 

We are waiting to learn the final total of how much this event raised for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. We do know it’s at least $8,000, all from sales of $10 tickets! So it looks like the “Annie” ticket sales alone will provide enough for about a month of Laurin’s medical expenses. These fundraisers are so important for Laurin’s future. We’d love to hear from anybody who has ideas for future fundraising events.

If you’d like to make a direct donation, please use the “Donate” button below, or mail a check to We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, 605 N McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501.

Thank you to all the cast, crew and audience of Annie for your amazing support!

Lisa Kinsolving

 

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather
facebookyoutubeby feather

Kickstart at the Recital

The We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust and website have officially been unveiled. On May 10, a team of volunteers made a special presentation prior to intermission at each of two Melba’s Dance School recitals. After we played a short video (the same one you can see here on the About Laurin page), Edna DeSaro, a distinguished Melba’s Dance alum, came onstage. She poignantly expressed her compassion over Laurin’s situation and her passion that Melba’s Dance School would continue for future generations. She presented a personal check to “kickstart” the giving and referred people to the We Love Laurin tables in the foyer.

 

I think perhaps many were surprised to learn that Melba has cared for her daughter’s extreme needs for 34 years. At 86 years old, she also oversees care of her own mother, who turned 105 today. But Melba is not a complainer. Her strength and positivity completely eclipse the pain to the people she sees each day. She lovingly pours herself into Melba’s Dance School, nurturing and encouraging each new generation that comes through her school. This is truly her “life’s work,” and many of her former students have affirmed over the years how important it was in their lives.

 

The reaction was positive and supportive. People opened their hearts and gave cash and checks right there at the recital. So far, gifts have ranged from $1 to $5000. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated. Perhaps the most touching donations were from some little girls who gave their own allowances to help Laurin. Altogether, the trust has already received $6,655, which is enough to pay for about a month of Laurin’s nursing expenses!

 

Besides numerous anonymous donors, the following people have given gifts to Laurin’s trust: Dr. Dani Talamantez of Star Chiropractic, Edna DeSaro, Sharon Waite, Linda Eason, Guillermo Garcias Jr. of AW Electric, Gary and Bailey Gurwitz, Gaines and Carldene Garland, Rebecca Rios, Homer H. Scott of 5125 Company and Andrea Garcia.

 

This weekend, don’t miss the musical “Annie.” Tickets are just $10 each and will benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. A number of Melba’s Dance School students will be playing roles in this show. Performances are at Nikki Rowe High School (2101 N. Ware Road in McAllen) on Friday, May 16 at 7:30pm, Saturday, May 17 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, May 18 at 2:00pm. Let’s make sure “the sun’ll come out tomorrow” for Laurin!

 

Annie-poster-web

 

There are more fundraising events coming up. Please stay tuned by following this blog (fill in your name and email below and check the “Notify me of new posts” option).

 

If you can give a financial gift, please send checks to: We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, 605 N McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501.

 

To give online, use the “Donate” button below. Since the need is ongoing, please consider the monthly option, which you’ll see after clicking the button.

 

Lisa Kinsolving

 

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailby feather
facebookyoutubeby feather