January 2015 Newsletter
GREETINGS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
As AMK begins its journey to higher heights, we have experienced a very blessed year. This year has been very engaging. God has blessed our efforts and we are excited and grateful.
At the beginning of the year, on behalf of AMK Grief Recovery Care, I was given the opportunity to be one of the speakers at the Magnifying our Moms, Mamalouge event. In addition AMK Grief Recovery Care was mentioned in their magazine article as their grief recovery counsel. It was an exciting and humbling experience and provided a learning opportunity I will never forget.
During the spring, I was featured in a CBS-DFW.com online article focused on “adults obtaining a higher degree to further job career”. Over the summer I was given the opportunity to have professional photo shoots done as a gift. This summer I was invited on behalf of AMK to speak to the Women’s Ministry at the First Baptist Church on mental health issue such as grief, stress and personal growth through distressful times. Late fall I was invited to speak on grief recovery in the workplace; and addressed work-life balance, at the University of Phoenix Alumni meeting. This fall I was invited to be a guest on Cedric Bailey’s radio show, the topic addressed grief and the holidays.
Each year we close our fiscal year with a celebratory luncheon. The theme for the luncheon was “The Other Side of Midnight.” The goal of the luncheon was to “Educate and Equip” individuals experiencing various forms of grief in recovery and growth while transitioning through their grief. There were 80 people in attendance and six (6) vendors.
As we began preparations for the Annual Grief Recovery Luncheon, blessings begin to flow. First, we had the opportunity to use the facilities at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Inc. (TBAAL). I must say, if you are looking for a place to have a special event, TBAAL is the venue, located in the Convention Center Complex in Downtown Dallas.
Zemill, renowned poet and author, accepted the invitation to be our Keynote speaker; actress Ms. Michelle Monts agreed to perform and Mr. ElJay de Comic agreed to be the host for the luncheon. If you have not seen Michelle perform a special Mamalouge or ElJay crack jokes, you are missing out on great entertainment and a spiritual blessing.
Michelle taught us that during our times of distress, we reveal our inter-self and learn how to use what is within us while moving forward to become a better person. ElJay taught us that it is ok to laugh during our pain, and it is therapeutic. Zemil, our keynote speaker addressed the following question: what are we going to do once we get to the other side of midnight? He taught us that we needed to RISE? We must be prepared to address the R = realization I = inspiration S = supplication and E = Expectation; we cannot just reach the other side but make a change to move forward with our lives.
Ms. Kindall Alana Brown the K in AMK welcomed everyone to the luncheon. Rev. Donald Bright, Pastor of the Open Bible Fellowship, McKinney, TX provided our grace and Mr. Thomas Brownlee provided various renditions of gospel, jazz and the Black National Anthem on sax.
So Savvy Events provided the entrée for the luncheon. DAB Designs (cakes), Walker Pies (sweet pie), and D. J. Akers (peach cobbler) provided our desserts. Ms. Ellen Edwards of Organic Gold Coffees –provided coffee gift bags, programs by ISolutions.
Our door prizes were provided by Fossil - jewelry; floral arrangements by So Savvy Events and Gina Riley- Community 1st Floral; Robert L. Brown, Jr. - grand prize – (2) Dallas Cowboy tickets w/parking pass. Marketing guru Ms. Vivian Fullylove orchestrated Media and press coverage for this event. Because of her efforts we were featured in Ms. Norma Adams Wade’s Dallas Morning News column, featured story Dallas Weekly Online News, Cheryl Smith’s News Journal, and guest appearance on Dallas High Life hosted by Ms. Daphne Davis’s cable television program.
The 2015 goal is raise funds for the opening of the AMK Grief Recovery Center in winter of 2015 or spring of 2016. The goal for the facility is to provide a library, bring speakers for luncheon, seminars and conferences to provide aid to people in distress caused by grief.
Donations are always welcome. Therefore if you wish to make a donation toward this endeavor, or to inquire about speaking engagement, please contact Marsha Davis Chism, Founder, AMK Grief Recovery Care at (214) 392-5642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.