Happy Monday! Whew, what a great couple of weeks it has been. I just returned from a quick trip to my hometown of San Francisco to serve as the Honorary Chair for the Operation Smile Gala for the second year in a row. So many of my childhood, SF friends and family came out to celebrate with us, it was wonderful to have their support and love. I was honored to join event chairs Shab Farzaneh & Shirin Aryanpour who founded this event and have done an incredible job galvanizing their friends and family to support Operation Smile. I am extremely grateful to my friend Janet Lautenberger who served on the committee for the event, and hosted a beautiful pre-event cocktail party at her rooftop terrace (see the pic above) that has beautiful vistas of the city. I am truly a lucky girl. My whole family -- Mat and the boys, were able to join me this year at the event. Anytime, I can spend time in San Francisco, visiting my mother who suffers from dementia, is something ,I can't express enough how valuable it is to me.
One of the great blessings of life getting involved with Operation Smile, has been all of the wonderful giving and kind people I have met. I was so happy to co-present the Universal Smile Award with Sara Agah -- Sara's jewelry will be featured in our Pop Up -- she is also last year's Universal Smile Award honoree with husband Michael Franti, to musician Matt Nathanson for his work on behalf of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. You can learn more about his work in my article about him on Huffington Post -- www.huffingtonpost.com/lisalori. I have been a fan of his music for a long time and now, I am a fan of the human being.
If all that love wasn't enough, when I got off the plane I heard that the new issue of Greenwich Affair by Greenwich Magazine is on out featuring myself and two incredible women -- Jessica Mindich and Rachel Franco. I am thrilled to have my #smilemore & Three Little Bears work for Operation Smile featured alongside their incredible projects -- the Caliber Collection & Greenwich Point Conservancy. If you live in our area, pick it up if you get a chance. A huge thanks to Cristin Maradino, editor of Greenwich Magazine for including me with these women. So much to #smilemore about! See you in 7 days for our Perfect Pop Up! Lisa