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In Lieu of Favors

Our Dog Zenia loved working with Brides

Our Beloved Zenia

It was a sad year for us here at Simple Elegance we lost our beloved CEO, Zenia.  She lived a happy life for 16 years.  We all truly loved her and miss her dearly.

We sponsor a dog every year for the Humane Society of Central Illinois This year we sponsored two.   I wish I could just find that magic wand that could make all things good.  But I can’t.  What I can do is encourage others, I can encourage you to help.

That’s it, how can we be part of a solution even if it is small.    We all talked about how we as Simple Elegance Events and Wedding Designs could help.  We decided we are going to dedicate this page to links that we could all help.

I thought I should include alternatives to favors.  I am not saying that favors are not a nice gesture but honestly do you really think people want another little tiny frame with your picture.  I am sure they love you but really!   Who needs another piece of candy, how many people do you know are trying to lose ten pounds anyway.  So why not take the several hundred dollars you will spend and give it to a cause where it will actually make a difference and actually be appreciated.

The loss of Zenia was hard on our family, we had loved her for so long and the void seemed so great.  My daughter Mary and I began just to look at rescue sights we thought maybe we could find a Viszla that needed a home.  Instead we found Perdita…

Rescued Puppy by Planners of Simple Elegance

Find it in your heart to give wherever you can!

We found Perdita at the Wish Bone Canine Rescue and fell in love.  She now sleeps at our side and makes us smile when we miss Zenia.  We joke and say that Perdita has found Zenia’s Memoires under the bed.  She is reading them daily and tries very hard to live up to Zenia’s way of doing things like capturing our hearts.  So far she has done a very good job.  So we decided to sponsor Wish Bone and we hope you will too!  You can find us in the 2012 Wish Bone Canine Rescue calendar they are only $12!  If you would like to buy one, you can email .  They are also available at Deenie’s Bed & Biscuit (1811 S. Morrissey, Bloomington.)  All proceeds will be used to provide food and supplies for our rescued dogs.   Angel Sallade for created the wonderful photos in the calendar!  Please Buy one!

We have had several weddings where the couples had given to P.A.W.S,  The Chicago Humane SocietyWWF-The Word Wildlife Organization to save the Polar Bears.  Personally, I think it is a great idea.

I still cannot watch the clip from Tracy without crying. Whatever you can do please do,  it can make a difference.   Remember the ocean is full of so many drops of water, one drop at a time and over time can be greater than you think.

Angel Heart Farm

The love from an animal may not cure cancer but a horse can give a child what medicine cannot.

Angel Heart Farm is a spot on earth where humans and animals benefit from each other.    Founded and operated by Tracy Kujawa, a horse lover and cancer survivor, Angel Heart Farm was built on the power and support given to Tracy by her beloved Arabian mare, Khuryia, during her life-threatening illness.  We know Tracy personally, go figure she’s a horse person.  She is one of the kindest people I have ever had the privilege of meeting.  She has given everything, and I mean everything she owns in behalf of these kids.  I cannot begin to tell you the many stories that she has told us, where I could do nothing but cry and admire her ability to hold a child’s hand while they are dying.  She has even brought a Pony into the hospital to see one of her terminally ill kids.  Her love and devotion for these children is beyond dedication.  I had to tell you about her and how you can help.  It is a small program and your donation would make a difference.

Angel Heart Farm enriches the lives of children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses including: all Cancers, Brain Tumors, Arthritis, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal Disease, Heart and Liver Disease and Transplant, Hemophilia, Kidney Disease, Sickle Cell Anemia, Immunology Deficiencies/HIV and any other life-threatening illnesses referred by a physician.

For information on how to donate to Angel Heart Farm contact Tracy at 615-566-4976

Help a Homeless Pet There are over 170,000 Dogs  and 160,000 cats on that need homes.

The Foundation helps homeless pets by saving lives through adoptions, helping shelters prepare for and recover from disaster and working to make shelters across the country more sustainable.

The Foundation helps support thousands of animal welfare organization that are members of The Foundation provides direct funding as well as training and education and grants of equipment and supplies so that hundreds of thousands of homeless pets have happier lives and so that the thousands of shelter and rescue folks who work with them can better perform their jobs.
So if you find in it in your heart, help someone who needs it.

2011 Margaret Moore,
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