According to Fashion Stars For A Cause Founder/Chair Yvonne Crum,
“A Wish List for Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas is always the same: Help with funding our programs and visibility. Both are equally as important. If we can get everyone talking about suicide, the reasons and how it affects everyone that suffers the loss.
“Our only fundraiser is Fashion Stars for a Cause 2015 and will be held March 20, 2015, at Dallas Country Club and will feature 12 amazing women that are helping with funding for Survivors of Suicide and Teens Can Survive along with our sponsor for 2015 BELK Galleria Dallas, both programs providing hope to those that need it. This is our 8th year of combining fashion and fundraising for the Center. Each of the Fashion Stars care a great deal about the center and the programs. Suicide is a difficult subject to deal with when it comes to Fundraising.
“I got my inspiration with knowing that I wanted to be involved for years to come from a letter that Patricia Massey-Sivori wrote after her son Cal‘s death, it says exactly what SCC does and the impact it has. Please read her letter and please help with funding by buying tickets to the Gala, raffle tickets (they make great gifts) or just a donation. Each of these requests will help us help those in crisis, especially suicidal to find the Hope that we provide. You may go to our website www.sccenter.org to see what our programs DO and to donate.
-Yvonne Crum, Fashion Stars For A Cause Founder/Chair
“Our paths have now crossed and brought us together. Perhaps for this moment, or in the future, we may remain connected. Forever after we will have been changed.
“The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas gave me a ‘safe’ place to share my grief. My story is of loss. In shock and total despair, the SCC was open for our entire family and for our friends. We are the survivors; the ones who are the blank faces of grief and suicide. A survivor named in the obituary column of our local newspaper, the ‘ones’ defined as beloved and remaining alive.
“Before that November years ago, I don’t know if I had ever known anyone personally who had committed suicide. Putting a face and name to the then ‘taboo’ word, suicide was previously kept in the closet, under the rug, in the whispers of the deep-dark archives of family secrets. And was I naive to think that suicide was not occurring at that time, in my city, my neighborhood, in my grandchildren’s home? The door of the SCC opened to rooms filled with stories! Families speaking of ‘there is no one to talk to at the worst time in my life,’ ‘no one speaks to me.’ I feel that’s the beginning of my dance. Two steps back, one step forward! Now this brings me to today!
“I am passionate for the awareness of suicide. The SCC is representative of people passionate to help families through their grief with groups. They are passionate about screening young teens for signals of suicidal tendencies in a private ‘safe’ environment. The crisis call lines are answered around the clock, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and holidays, by courageous trained volunteers sacrificing comfortable surroundings to be the help a desperate soul reaches for in the darkest of hours.
“My revelation is to have realized I went through the grief enduring extreme loss and learned ‘to live to dance’ with what remains. To really hear the music, really cry when it hurts, and really grieve when I miss my Cal.
“My name is Patricia Massey Sivori. I am married and raised three children, Cal, Blake and Jennifer. I have precious grandchildren. I am a realtor specializing in residential real estate in Dallas, Texas, and a Certified Interior Designer of Texas, and it is an honor to be on the Board of the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas. Please accept my sincerest appreciation for your support of the non-profit Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas. You too can “Learn to dance again.”
* Photos provided by Fashion Stars For A Cause