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It Came, It Went, It was Amazing!

On Sunday, May 12, A Brand New Mother's Day hosted it's second annual event to support survivors of domestic abuse and violence. The Twin Ports have two shelters and resource centers dedicated to helping these women and their children start new lives free of their abusers; Safe Haven Women's Shelter and Resource Center and CASDA. Celebrating Mother's Day doesn't seem possible for these women and we vowed to change that.

Hosted at a private venue, we showered these survivors with a day of fun, laughter, and pampering. The children have an area all to themselves to enjoy but within eyesight of moms while they are pampered with hair and make up, shopping through donations, and (adjective) yoga before having their family photos professionally taken, and finishing the day off with a sit down, catered meal. It was a day to be remembered not only by the families but also the amazing volunteers who made it happen. There are so many individuals who donated not only items to the event but also their time on Mother's Day.

This also would not be possible without the support of fellow businesses in the area and we would love to put them on blast for all the wonderful deeds they do not only for us but for other's as well. Go support them and show them the appreciation they deserve.

Duluth Loves Local gave us a whole bunch of love via social media and let us hijack Galentine's in order to bring awareness to A Brand New Mother's Day to other female owned businesses in the area. Because of this, we had several women from that same group help us out in various ways in lead up and the day of event.

Amber the Bra Lady collected almost 1,000 bras from not only the Twin Ports area but also in Bemidji, Virginia, and Ely to name a few. She and her team gave 500+ away the day of the event! The survivors were fitted, given an area to try on, and told to take what they needed. Something as simple as a well fitted bra can go a long way in their road to healing.

Part of A Brand New Mother's Day is that survivors get updated families photos! These were done by Mad Chicken Studio. The stories we heard that day about how families had never had a photo together, a photo that doesn't feature the abuser make us realize just how much we have and take for granted and it was the least Jes and her team could do. However, they could not have taken all the family portraits without the help of Ashley Lindsey Photography. Not only was she their right hand woman through the day, she has become a crucial member of our success with back end work.

Every event needs a space! We cannot thank Clyde Iron Works enough for the use of their building and donating it for the day. Did we mention they also discounted the family meals? Needless to say they are incredible, as is their space, and we loved working with them!

Duluth Balloon Company brought their game with decorations! Scattered throughout the space, welcoming the families to the event, and even dropping them into the middle of the kids area to smash and play with - it was a sight to behold. Superior Blooms also provided decoration and center pieces for the meal tables. This was all possible because of Northland Special Events!

Before the event, we had a little something something to gear up for it. In order to help bring in more clothing donations, we hosted a clothing swap at Duluth Coffee Company. Not only did they let us use their space, they also donated coffee to the prize basket. Superior Stitches, Hucklebeary, Duluth Boudoir Photography, and Superior Blooms contributed prizes as well! Duluth Coffee Company also let our very own Emily Comnick display her"Power Series", a water color/illustration based series dedicated to A Brand New Mother's Day. All proceeds from her art show were given to A Brand New Mother's Day. You can check out her Instagram here where she pieces her art and lifestyle together!

Duluth Mom’s Blog provided the take away bags filled with goodies from Estee Lauder and UpNorth Allure. Along with the make up, there were also female focused buttons, reusable shopping bags provided by Maurices for the women to take their wardrobe finds home, a brand new jewelry piece from an ex Paparazzi consultant, and a selection of chocolates from L'Apothicaire Chocolat!!

The children's area was pioneered by Peter Cpin at A Sweet Event! This area is extra amazing because it gives the kids a chance to be rambunctious kids, something they haven't been able to be in a long time. The bounce house donated by Doucette’s Special Events and let the kids jump until they couldn't anymore and were ready to move onto other activities such as puzzles, video games, balloon popping, or creating a gift for their mom's provided by Engwall Florist and Gifts.

Say It With Sassitude helped us gear up for the event! Quite literally. Heather created custom vinyl t shirts for us, donating $5 of each shirt sold directly toward our event. These shirts were the unofficial uniform for volunteers the day of and for those to show us their support year round!

In the mother's area, we had a lot going on! The womxn from Terra Firma provided yoga, the ladies from WITC (and other single parties) donated their time and supplies to providing makeovers, maurices provided brand new clothing to be shopped through as well as countless clothing donations donated by the community, and desserts from Snazzy Cakes. The family photos and bra fittings mentioned above were upstairs as well!

Thank you to these businesses for making this Mother's Day truly special for survivors of Domestic Abuse and Violence. Thank you to the countless individuals who donated their time, items, or money - for putting others first, and for proving that communities are stronger together.

Believe it or not, we are already gearing up for next year and can't wait to see how much more we can do for these women and children! Thank you for an amazing 2019 event, we will catch you on the other side!!

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