Ballerina Balm: The Launching of a Labor of Love for Laurin

Five-year-old Cindy Holland found her first friend in the world at 1500 Hibiscus Street in McAllen. Laurin Huber lived only two doors down from her. They jumped on the trampoline together, played with Barbie dolls, rode their bikes to Dairy Queen and danced at Melba’s Dance School.

Because Laurin was a year older, Cindy always looked up to her. More than 47 years later, Laurin is now looking up to Cindy from the bed where she receives 24/7 nursing to stay alive. In 1980, Laurin’s life changed forever when she almost died in a car wreck that has left her helpless to do anything for herself.

Until recently, the last time Cindy saw Laurin was in high school. Like most news these days, Cindy learned through Facebook about the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. She wanted to visit Laurin but was a little hesitant. When Lupe Enriquez posted about a reunion party to visit with Laurin, Cindy knew she couldn’t stay away any longer and drove straight to McAllen from San Antonio.

Laurin is reunited with her childhood friend Cindy.

Laurin is reunited with her childhood friend Cindy.

“When I saw Laurin for the first time, I didn’t feel sad like I thought I would,” said Cindy. “I felt blessed to be able to spend time with her. All the little annoyances and problems of my life felt so insignificant. Visiting Laurin brings me joy and puts things in perspective for me.”

Shortly thereafter, Cindy had a poignant idea to help her childhood friend and dance buddy. She and her daughter Andrea have dedicated 10% of the Ballerina Balm sales nationwide to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust as a way to help with the tremendous expense of her care. “I remember what an amazing dancer and tumbler Laurin was,” said Cindy. “I felt this was a good way that we could help with her support.”

Ballerina Balm is designed specifically to soothe the soreness and aches of dancers’ feet. The average ballerina exerts 220 psi of pressure on her feet when dancing en pointe.

10% of Sales to be Given to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust

10% of Sales Will be Given to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, which helps to cover Laurin’s medical expenses.

“One of the main ingredients in the secret formula is peppermint, which is so rejuvenating,” said Cindy. “In the McAllen area, Ballerina Balm will be available exclusively at Melba’s Dance School.”

Ballerina Balm is part of the new Chalet Cosmetic line that Cindy and her daughter are launching nationally. Cindy grew up in the cosmetic industry. Sue Holland, her mother, owned and operated Merle Norman stores in La Plaza Mall, Edinburg, Pharr and Weslaco.

A limited number of stage makeup kits will be available for purchase at Melba’s Dance School, along with Chalet Cosmetics’ oil-absorbing pumpkin powder, cleansers, toners and moisturizers that are available exclusively at Melba’s Dance School, located at 2100 N. 10th Street in McAllen, Texas.

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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.

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Benefit Christmas Concert for Laurin

Date: December 21, 2014
Time: Two Shows: 4pm and 7pm
Event: “CHRISTMAS LOOKING BACK” with Brett Marshall and Chapel Friends
Where: Chapel By The Sea, SPI
Tickets: $8.00 (proceeds go to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust)
More info: 612-309-2651

Get ready for another fun way to help Laurin! Laurin’s sister-in-law Lisa Kinsolving and some friends at South Padre Island have been doing an annual Christmas concert for several years now. When these friends heard about Laurin’s situation and her great need for financial help, they immediately suggested that the next concert be a benefit for Laurin. What a wonderful Christmas gift!

The concert takes us back to the 1940s during World War II, with some fun renditions of Christmas favorites that sound like they came right out of grandpa’s old radio. “The edgy harmonies of the big-band era are exciting and fun to sing,” said Lisa. “You don’t hear it much anymore, so we’re looking forward to bringing it back for this special event.”

The core group of vocalists for this event, from left: Brett Marshall, Carolyn Porter, Dale Ziegler, Lisa Kinsolving, Ron Fuqua and Paul Cardile

The core group of vocalists for this event, from left: Brett Marshall, Carolyn Porter, Dale Ziegler, Lisa Kinsolving, Ron Fuqua and Paul Cardile

Brett Marshall is the pianist, baritone vocalist and musical director of the show. An extraordinarily talented musician with several recording projects under his belt as well as a full-time music career, Brett’s musical leadership and people skills draw out the best in all the performers. Brett was quite moved when he first heard Laurin’s story and was eager to have the concert become a benefit for her.

Carolyn Porter, soprano, organizes the concert each year and oversees graphics and publicity. She delivers some lovely solos and brings a fun-loving energy to the show. “I’ve loved participating in the Christmas programs in past years,” she said, “but this year’s show will be so different and fun, and it’s heartwarming to help Laurin.”

Lisa Kinsolving, mezzo soprano, wrote the script and selected most of the songs for the concert. She will also be introducing a new, original Christmas song she wrote herself. “God really surprised me with that one,” she said. “I can’t wait for Laurin to hear it!”

Ron Fuqua, tenor, is known by regular attendees of the concert for his stirring rendition of O Holy Night, which he will reprise again this year. Ron loves the idea that his singing will be raising money for someone in need. “It feels so very good to help someone at this time of the year,” said Ron.

Paul Cardile, tenor, is always an uplifting, energetic presence when he sings. Performing in the Christmas concert “just makes me realize how much music means to me. It has been a gift from God that at times I took for granted, but always cherished,” said Paul. Finding out about Laurin’s connection with Gregory Hines brought back memories for him. In his early days of show business, Paul remembers auditioning and performing alongside Gregory and Maurice Hines!

Dale Ziegler rounds out the core group of vocalists with his fluid baritone voice. Get out the tissues when he sings I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Dale also directs the choir at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church in Port Isabel. It’s always great to have an expert in the show!

There will also be one or more guest appearances in the Christmas concert.

We hope to see you there! Be sure to get your tickets in advance. The venue is small enough that it could easily sell out. Ticket info is at the top of this post.

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

There are two performances, both on December 21: 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

There are two performances, both on December 21: 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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.

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Shop + Help Laurin = Win-Win

FASHION FUNDRAISER

Another of Laurin’s wonderful friends has stepped up to bring an exciting fundraiser to the Valley for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. As you know, Laurin’s medical needs are ongoing. It is extremely expensive to get Laurin the care that she needs. Her helpless condition requires constant, skilled help.

Laurin's condition requires constant, skilled care.

Laurin’s condition requires constant, skilled care.

Enter Adriene Blackburn Coffey, who is coming all the way from California to host the Valley debut of the new Winter 2014 Collection by a fashion company called W by Worth. It will take place at two different locations over the course of four days and will be a benefit for Laurin. Here’s the scoop:

HOME OF JEANNE BLACKBURN (304 Tyler Avenue, McAllen)
Thursday, October 23, 9am-6pm
Friday, October 24, 9am-6pm

MELBA’S DANCE SCHOOL & DANCE SHOPPE (2100 N 10th St, McAllen)
Saturday, October 25, 1pm-5pm
Sunday, October 26, 11am-5pm

Please RSVP by indicating your choice of location/date to:

Adriene Blackburn Coffey
acoffey@wbyworth.com
415-378-1704 (Adriene)
956-686-7047 (Jeanne)

Please come and support Laurin and Melba. Giving is always in fashion!

Adriene Blackburn Coffey is bringing a W by Worth fashion trunk show to McAllen as a benefit for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust.

Adriene Blackburn Coffey is bringing a W by Worth fashion trunk show to McAllen as a benefit for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust.

LAURIN’S ANGELS

Thank you so much to Laurin’s lovely friends who have made such generous donations to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. The newest angels are:

Trudie Abbott
Dickie Friedrichs
Carlos Davila

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.

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Birthday Celebration and Hunters Expo

BIRTHDAY JOY
Thank you to all who wished Laurin a happy birthday in some way, whether on Facebook or by calling, visiting or making a donation to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. She lights up whenever you mention her birthday. She listened carefully when I tried to explain Facebook to her, and told her how many birthday wishes her loving friends had left for her.

"Happy Birthday, dear Laurin..."

“Happy Birthday, dear Laurin…”

One of her birthday gifts was a flash drive filled with Christian music and Bible teaching she can listen to. Her nurses plug the flash drive into her computer and play these mp3 files via iTunes. Laurin listens with intent focus to the Bible messages. She loves to attend church, but seldom gets the opportunity. The other option was to bring church to her. You can tell by watching her that this meets a deep need.

Laurin listens to a recorded message on her computer.

Laurin listens to a recorded message on her computer.

We also had a little cake in honor of Laurin’s birthday. Laurin isn’t able to eat cake since she now must receive all her nutrition via a feeding tube directly into her stomach. But she still loves the festivity of the cake-and-candles tradition, along with the obligatory singing of “Happy Birthday.” She smiled contentedly while the rest of us gathered around and had cake and ice cream. And then she laughed at us while we struggled to get her birthday present up and running.

Laurin enjoys the festivities as her brother Carey presents her birthday cake and candles.

Laurin enjoys the festivities as her brother Carey presents her birthday cake and candles.

HUNTERS EXPO FUNDRAISER
We are so blessed that Chris Curl has donated a booth for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust at the Texas Hunters & Sportsman’s Expo this weekend. It runs July 18-20 at the McAllen Convention Center. If you can, please stop by the booth. One of Laurin’s best buddies, Lupe Enriquez, is running the booth for us. He and/or some other friends of Laurin’s will be there to greet you. Help us spread the word if you can!

LAURIN’S ANGELS
A HUGE thank you to Laurin’s newest angels, who have given gifts to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust:

Jennifer Clearman
Pink Chalet Boutique
Ofelia Parker
Diana Albrecht
Joel D. Galindo, C.P.A.

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.

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