Red Dress Party 2015 Press Release

For Immediate Release
Media inquiries: Steph Palermo
steph@juststeph.com

A Women’s Heart Health Fundraiser for the American Heart Association

Atlanta, GA. December 23, 2014 — Bryan Rusty Newport, CEO of 33 Events, producer and promoter of the 7th Annual Red Dress Party, announced Steph Palermo, author and radio show host has graciously donated her time as the Media Spokesperson and Public Relations Committee Chairperson.

The Red Dress Party attracts Atlanta’s most exclusive to celebrate women’s heart health and enjoy an evening of non-stop excitement, entertainment, dancing and cheer all to raise funds for and awareness of heart disease.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year; 
approximately one woman loses the battle with this dreadful disease every minute. The America
Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter 
action regarding women’s heart health for this very reason.

33 Events and Just Steph are proud to continue this philanthropic and entertaining tradition by announcing the 7th Annual Red Dress Party benefitting the American Heart Association, to be held at Atlanta’s luxury Crowne Plaza Ravinia, located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346 on February 13, 2015 at 8:00pm.

Advanced tickets may be purchased on 33 Events Site,  http://www.33events.com/33EventsRedDressParty.html.

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The Ghost of Christmas Past

Arriving on the heel of the Christmas Eve seafood extravaganza was the day for which we had all been preparing.  The smell of meatballs basking in Filippo Berio, eggplant parm in the oven, veal cutlets waiting on the meatballs to vacate the olive oil laden fry pan, antipasto, ravioli as well as all the American traditional holiday fare were signs that Christmas had arrived.  The aroma of garlic was imbedded in every porous surface of our small five-room flat.   Of course Santa’s sleigh had tipped over our living room where my sister and I, in the wee hours, tore through every Barbie accessory known to man.  With all the toys, new clothes and gold chains, my sister and I chomped at the bit for the best part of the day.  The most exciting, highly anticipated event  would be when all my aunts, uncles and cousins would march into the house demanding a dish of macaroni (not to be confused with mac & cheese).

We ate from one end of the house to the other.  My father had inevitably invited some stranger to dine with us. Everyone would look down to the end of the table and say who the f*@#k is that?  We were so lucky to have had three grandparents, our great-grandmother and great-uncle at the Christmas table until my early twenties.  The older generation only spoke broken English, a mix between Sicilian, English and Bostonese: “Heyya, who’sa the cavona downa dere?”  After everyone got over the weirdo at the table, it was time to settle our coulos (bum, ass) into the throne where we would spend the next several hours eating course after course.  Many of our family friends would stop by from early evening into the night filling the house until it split at the seams.  Just when the brioschi (old-fashioned remedy for heartburn) was working,  my mother would clear dessert and re-serve whatever could be placed in a spucki (that’s delicious Italian bread, by the way), cutlet, ham, turkey & capicola sandwiches for everyone!

We ate and laughed, ate and laughed all day and night.  We always played a game like Trivial Pursuit where my grandmother never wanted to play, but yelled out every answer from her end of the table.  Those were the days.  No matter how bad things got throughout the year, Christmas with my cousins was the summit of joy, peace, love, safety and the ultimate crack up.  My husband and four boys left Boston for the land of milk and honey, the bible belt, that is.  We now spend Christmas with dear friends and decadent rib roasts. We may even enjoy Christmas dinner out at a fancy hotel on occasion.

If only my grandmother could see and experience the life I live today.  She would be shocked, maybe even disappointed that there’s no lasagna or cannolis.  Today, I have help with keeping up the house and live the American dream.  So why the tears this Christmas?  I long for Christmas past with my cousins and endless hours of talking and laughing with the only ones who understand what it all means to me.   I guess I just miss my family.  Maybe it was just easier when my mother handled all the details of Christmas while my sister and I just had to be there to enjoy it all. Thanks to all of you for giving me a place to relive my Christmas past.  Merry Christmas to you all.  May you find the warmth I enjoyed nestled at the perpetual feast of feasts. God Bless!

Tell me what’s going on in your life.  I want to hear from you!

Amore & Baci (Love & Kisses),

Just Steph

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Parade Magazine’s Top 9 Romantic Holiday Movies

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Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy.

In keeping with the theme of my last post of Top 11 Romantic Holiday Songs, I, of course, have a list of favorite romantic holiday movies as well! I spent good portion of Thanksgiving weekend watching the holiday movie marathons on Hallmark and ABC Family. My DVR gets quite the workout over the holiday season. Granted, most of these movies are so cheesy it’s almost a sin not to have a glass of wine while watching them, but I’m still glued to my television set when they come on.

Here are my top romantic holiday movies:

HONORABLE MENTION: EMMET OTTER’S JUGBAND CHRISTMAS (1977)
Okay, there’s really nothing remotely romantic about this Jim Henson-produced show, complete with marionette otters and porcupines, but boy is it cute and a staple for the holiday season. If your guy enjoys this show, he’s a keeper. While I’m not a fan of barbeque, I sure like this kind:

 

9.  LOVE ACTUALLY (2003)
I’m sure everyone has this movie in their Top 5 holiday movie list, hence it’s current placement on mine. When I first saw the movie I wasn’t a fan, but as I watched it again and again over each holiday season I started to love it more and more. My favorite storylines in the film are the ones with Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Do you have a favorite?

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A Holiday Message from Just Steph

Photo from Dec 4, 2013  Photo from Dec 4, 2013

Dear  Friends,

I am wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a joyful New Year.  Please email me with your stories of you overcoming the holiday blues. Just Steph’s Holiday Message. 

Tell me what’s going on in your life.  I want to hear from you.

Wishing you love, balance and peace!

Amore & Baci (love & kisses),

Just Steph

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