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Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00

"You aren't going to the Junior League Holiday Shopping Extravaganza tonight?"  My new girlfriend asked me this morning as we watched our children play in the basement of my Pleasantville Hills home.  (New to be read as = has no idea I blog)


"Nope.  I have a thing, downtown."  I shuffled my feet. "It's a benefit to raise money for someone, just like us with three children, that's fighting for her life after suffering a stroke."


"Is she local?  Is she a Pleasantville Hills girl?"






"I met her.  Once.  And I hope that people would do the same for me."  I folded my legs underneath me and watched our daughters argue over one Polly Pocket.  Teeheee... how fortunate we were to observe the tantrum of two nearly-three-year-olds fighting over a plastic toy, both healthy mothers laughing at their feisty third child.  All of us in good spirits.


She, my new friend, did not press for further information because it was clear.  And so simple.  You treat others as you would wanted to be treated.  Blogging or not, the fundamentals are the same.   Anissa, mother of three, whom I have met before IRL is laying in a hospital bed tonight.  Her family needs help.


The Chef's Widow had a benefit for Anissa tonight.  Cleveland bloggers came together.


Beautiful Ameila, her husband/chef/owner of The Greenhouse Tavern and I.  My eyes were closed!




Wife-Husband team announcing the winner of the raffle. How cute are they?  Soooo cute.




Me and the sassy blonde @heartmychloe and my new best friend @rimarama

(Rima and I share WAY too many similarities it's funny - hallo being raised by immigrant parents!)



The uber-delicious, chef extraordinaire, Michael Symon @mdsymon and I.

Loved Lolas. Can't wait to try the new B- Spot.



Dooooode, Cleveland's Plum I know you were awarded THE coolest blogger award in all of Cleveland in this and that publication throughout the city but will you take a picture with a mommy blogger?


There were too many bloggers to name who came out to have COCKTAILS FOR ANISSA tonight, check out the hashtag #cocktailsforanissa on twitter for more.  Sending Anissa a HUGE Cleveland XO tonight.  We raised $1,000 dollars!  It's wonderful to be part of such a great blogging community.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 December 2009 10:48


# Jayna @ Yankee Drawl 2009-12-04 00:58
Wish I could have come out! Such wonderful thing for Amelia & her husband to have put together. Looks like you had a great time!
# JulieBouf 2009-12-04 01:18
What a terrific idea! I hope you raised tons of money for Anissa's family. And you look super cute...even with your eyes closed!
# Managed Chaos 2009-12-04 08:14
Loved that the CLE blogging community pulled together for Anissa...can't wait to see how much $ was raised. And of course, I LOVED seeing you again and learning new things about my celebrity blogger friend (what?, you had the balls to get your picture with Michael Symon, and I on the otherhand did not ;o(
# Elaine 2009-12-04 09:32
What a wonderful event. I hope they raised a lot of money. This community really is amazing.

Love the bows-over-your-closed eyes pic! HA! ; )
# rimarama 2009-12-04 09:35
That was a good time. So glad I went! (with a little help from OHMommy ;)
# Allison 2009-12-04 09:44
I ended up not being able to make it at the last minute. So disappointed but it looks like a great time.
# HaB 2009-12-04 09:46
Looks like a wonderful evening, pulled together but beautifully wonderful people, for such a pillar of our blogging community!

and, can, I just for a moment, go:
*Squee* Micheal Symon!!! *Squee* You met Michael Symon!!! AHHHHHH!!! (I am such a food junkie!)
# Tara R. 2009-12-04 09:52
It has been amazing how united and caring the blogging community has been. It truly is a family.
# amyinohio 2009-12-04 10:57
This is amazing! You rock!
# Krystyn 2009-12-04 11:43
What a great idea and such a terrific cause. I'm glad to many people were able to rally together.
# Kalle 2009-12-04 14:25
Looks like a fabulous evening and what a great cause. Was Michael Symon as cool in person as he seems on TV? One of my favorite chefs by far!
# DE Heather 2009-12-04 14:45
I had a great time when I was there. Sorry we couldn't stay longer.
# Jaina 2009-12-04 18:28
What a wonderful thing to attend. I'm so glad that so many people were able to come together to help.
# 2 Toddlers and Me 2009-12-04 23:07
Good for you all! Wish I could have been there. I love that the blogging community can really be so amazingly supportive and caring.
# Kellee 2009-12-05 10:49
Wow, you guys are totally awesome! I wish I weren't half the country away, I would have loved to participate.
# amy 2009-12-05 11:01
In a word...INCREDIBLE. You are all an amazing group of people with big hearts. My prayers to Anissa and her family.
# clevelands a plum 2009-12-05 12:11
i should have emailed you the pic i took of us, haha.

regardless it was SO damn awesome meeting you! we'll have to do it again sometime, like the stalk the bloggers party in january perhaps.

ps, you camera take the most amazing pictures.
# Elisa 2009-12-05 17:28
What a wonderful initiative! Anissa has touched so many. She is so special. Every day I think of her and hope that she can feel all the positive energy, all the love and that it gives her strength.
# jill 2009-12-05 20:58
It's having a community like this that really makes me .... a) miss the States... b) question whether or not I should do more with my blog that just journal our nomadic lifestyle ... Look at all the friends coming together. So, so great!
# CC 2009-12-06 01:33
The blogging community is sure coming together to help. I love this!!!!!! Continued prayers!
# clare 2009-12-06 22:35
LOVE IT!! What a great cause, and I can't believe you met michael symon, i love him!! you look great!!
# Anti-Supermom 2009-12-07 10:39
Pauline, that is just awesome! What a great way to help.

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Pauline Karwowski.

Is a self proclaimed globe trotting, minivan driving, SAHM stiletto ho.

Happily married mother to 3 Cleveland natives: Jay the son, Lola the daughter, and Fifi the banshee.

Now in Chicago, IL.

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