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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All I want for Christmas is…

Tradition, as defined in my iPhone dictionary app, is a specific practice of long-standing and/or an inherited pattern of thought or action.  Basically traditions are those rituals we perform over and over, through the years and pass down to our kids.  We may tweak what our parents did or start new ones.  Traditions are like mac and cheese, comfort food for our souls.  They make us feel safe and secure.  We know what will happen next. The traditions with which I was raised and even those I started fresh with my family make me feel like I am wrapped in a Boston Red Sox Snuggie while lying on the couch watching Jaws for the umpteenth time.

I asked various friends and family to share their favorite traditions with me.

Gigi from Atlanta, GA emailed and said,” What comes to mind for me is that my mom passed on her recipes to me and now I make and share them with my kids.  Holidays were very special at my house and now my kids love the same foods and traditions. In so many ways I feel like my parents are with us celebrating.”

 Natalie from Wakefield, MA responded to my Facebook request, “Here’s something I remember well…..my sister never helped clear the table on any holiday….NEVER
.”  (If you haven’t guessed, Nat is my sister.)

Camille from Peabody, MA, also via FB, tells us about her father’s nuts, “My favorite tradition is my father roasting his nuts every Thanksgiving.  We get the biggest laugh when we have to call him to check his nuts. By the way, he’s 95
.”

Christine from Santa Fe, TN writes in on FB about her Italian Christmas Eve: “One of my favorite memories involved our traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner, known as The Feast of Seven Fishes. We always had family and friends around to share the food, love, and joy of being together. A family friend we called Uncle Walter, always told the same stories every year. We humored him every year as if it were the first time we had heard each one. One year, my brother Ross and I were standing at the kitchen sink clearing things for the next course while Uncle Walter started one of his repeats. We both, simultaneously were able to mouth the exact words he was saying. We could not stop laughing at the fact that we had both managed to memorize his story. For the rest of the evening, it became a private joke between the two of us, and we still laugh about it to this day.”

I also compiled a video of some of my traditions as well as my Atlanta friends.  I hope you enjoy it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Make 2013 a year of self fulfillment.  More on that in the early part of the year.

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

Wishing you love, balance and peace.

Amore & Baci,

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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