A Night of Rock and Roll

Last evening, my family and I attended MUSE SALON AND SPA’S Evolution of Rock Fashion Show benefiting Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry.  The event was organized by and held at Muse Salon and hosted by owners Daniel Jones and Jody Mason and the talented team of Muse stylists; among them, my very talented daughter, Kailey.  My daughter, Anya, did her part as well, helping behind the scenes and at the door handing out Share Our Strength bracelets.  Very proud of my girls!   Along with the Muse team, the community came together to support this event by donating their time, talent and services.  The evening included a live band, fashion show, DJ, raffle items, and a hair extension bar.  Food for the event was donated and provided by Chic-fil-A at Alpharetta Commons, Rita’s Ice Custard Happiness in Alpharetta and Monster Energy Drink.  I don’t know how many energy drinks Nicholas consumed, but he was bouncing like a rubber ball on the ride home and way into the night, so probably one too many!

The event was kicked off with a performance by the band The Next Generation from Planet Rock School of Music Performance in Alpharetta.  These kids ROCKED the house performing Edge of Seventeen, Beat It, and Hungry Like the Wolf, to name a few.  The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the performance and I felt an overwhelming desire to sing and dance myself (thank goodness it was an alcohol-free evening, otherwise one well made Appletini and I would have busted out my dance moves, which would have certainly overshadowed the rest of the evening’s entertainment).  Seriously, The Next Generation is a very talented group of young musicians.  They along with Planet Rock founder, Peter Maraldo (whom I had the pleasure of meeting), donated their time and talent to help make this evening a success.  Planet Rock School of Music “provides aspiring young musicians with the highest level of training in the areas of music instruction, writing, producing, performing, recording and promotion. The school also incorporates cutting edge industry technology and more importantly, gives students a place where they can network and form groups of their own” (from their web site).  For additional information you can visit PLANET ROCK SCHOOL

After the musical performance, we were treated to the Evolution of Rock fashion show.  The Muse stylists did a fabulous job putting a modern twist on rock and roll looks from the 50’s through the present.  Nineteen models rocked the runway showcasing hairstyles and clothing from these decades.  The models were teenagers from area high schools, who donated their time and talent, and did an amazing job.  Clothing for the evening was provided by Straw Dog and Francesca’s both at The Avenue Forsyth and Psycho Sisters (love that name) in Sandy Springs.  For the past several months, the Muse team has worked diligently organizing and planning this event (they designed the flyer, promoted the event, held model calls and final casting, provided hair and makeup, and clothing selection).  Their hard work certainly paid off.

It was a great evening with the best part being the proceeds went to Share Our Strength, a national organization that works to end childhood hunger in America.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Sheila Bennett with Share Our Strength about the organization.  Sheila told me that 1 in 4 kids in America do not know when their next meal will come.  Not in the world…in AMERICA folks!  That number is staggering.  In these tough economic times many of us struggle to feed our families.  Imagine if you were a parent who could not provide food for your child.  It is heart wrenching to think about any person going hungry let alone a child.  I am putting out a call to action to everyone reading my blog.  Even in these tough economic times, there are ways you can help to end childhood hunger in America.  You can make a monetary donation, hold a food drive, donate to a local food bank, become a corporate sponsor or join Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale by holding a bake sale through your church, school, parent or community group or in your neighborhood with the proceeds going to Share Our Strength.  For all the ways you can make a difference and help end childhood hunger in America visit SHARE OUR STRENGTH.

The Evolution of Rock Fashion Show was a fabulous event and I am happy my family was able to be a part of this special evening.  The team at Muse Salon and Spa did a fantastic job organizing this event and they should be extremely proud of their hard work.  I know I am proud of Kailey’s work and dedication.  As a mom, I am happy she works with a company that gives back to the community (not to mention they can make your hair look fabulous tool!).  To those individuals and organizations that donated their time, talent and services you should be very proud for helping such a worthwhile cause.  It was refreshing to see so many young people giving back to their community.  To the talented team at Muse Salon and Spa congratulations on a job well done…ROCK ON, MUSE, ROCK ON!

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