This one's for you Jodi!
I was planning on writing an entry about Miss Jodi Marie this week but after receiving a threatening email from her yesterday, I decided today was the day. This is what I love about her. She calls a spade a spade. She and I went to middle and high school together, and roomed together two (basically three) years at NC State. I can always count on her to be there when I need her, no matter what. She would drive for hours, spend all the money she had to her name, and drop whatever she was doing if I told her I needed her. I’m thankful for her wit, humor, and her love and loyalty to her friends. Even if she tries to hide it most of the time.
We didn’t major in the same thing in college, but Jodi and I did believe in minoring in good times and high heels. She majored in textile apparel management which was about as foreign to me, as sticking my arm up a cow’s butt for my animal reproduction class was to her. I think we can both agree that fashion unites millions of people and makes for a great platform for charity. Hero In Heels takes advantage of this connection and channels women’s passion for shoes into big bucks for women with cancer. Everyone from Taylor Swift to Jennifer Aniston have donated their peep-toes and pumps (some even have their John Hancocks) to be auctioned off in the spring. The funds raised go towards buying wigs, prosthesis or granting any other wish women with cancer may have.
My kind of charity
HIH was created by The Wish Upon a Hero Foundation which is dedicated to helping all types of wishes come true for individuals and organizations. I mean come on, who wouldn’t want to be a hero? Speaking of heroes, local firefighters came to the rescue when Jodi’s home was destroyed by a fire a couple of years back. Firefighters risk their own lives everyday to keep countless others out of harms way. The 100 Club of Arizona works to make sure that firefighters and other public safety officers and their families are taken care of. Started in 1968 100 Club provides financial assistance to families of service members who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Over $5 million dollars have been donated through the 100 Club’s program and benefits during the past forty years. They proudly stand behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. There’s a reason little kids want to grow up to be firefighters, and it’s not because of that cool pool they get to slide down.
The Wish Upon A Hero Donation
The 100 Club of Arizona Donation
So here’s to you Jodi Marie! You are funny, creative, intelligent, lovable, and generous. You’re the only person I would want to get lost on a Raleigh city bus with, go to the C-store for hot dogs with, walk to Cameron Village with my car keys with, or call my “mom”. You may have other people fooled, but I know you’ve got a soft spot in that heart of yours. You love to do things for others, make people laugh, and you make even the most mundane chores a blast. Thank you for making my fairy Halloween costume, buying me shots of I-don’t-even-know-what at the bar, hosting my fabulous 25th birthday surprise party, and sticking by my side since the seventh grade. I love you mom.
Oldie but a goodie