If you ever saw the movie or TV show “A Team,” Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith would often say, “I love it when a plan comes together” after his team would successfully complete their mission. Most missions seemed practically impossible to pull off, yet, they would pull it together last minute – and walk away victors.
Preparing for Operation Fashion Forward, at times, seemed like one of those missions. Countless back and forth emails, finding individuals willing to model (which let me digress for a moment…one person I chased down across the parking lot and awkwardly asked if she would model…that seemed like one of those moments every father warns their daughter about – but she agreed), and marketing an event scheduled for the middle of the afternoon seemed like an impossible mission.
But nothing is impossible when a community rallies. As a matter of fact, magic happens. Colleen and Michael Bowman and their amazing team from C’est la vie along with Colleen’s “Colonel,” Kathy Thorsen and her team of volunteers, pulled together a community and Operation Fashion Forward was a great success from not only highlighting spring fashions but more importantly raising funds and awareness for military family needs.
here are so many to thank – behind every restaurant is an individual who stepped up to support a cause bigger than just fashion. A big shout-out to Arista, Epulo, 5 Bistro, Resident Cheesemonger, Bar Dojo, Las Brisas, Rory’s, Taki Tiki, Chanterelles, Rusty Pelican, Red Petal, Red Twig, and Walnut Coffee for your contributions and commitment. Thank you to all the volunteers – especially Lois and Samantha who worked the registration table and managed checking in more than 90 attendees to the event.
To the OMF and OMF Cares Team, thank you for your continued commitment and passion to serve and do whatever it takes.
To all those who attended, thank you. Thank you for investing time – thank you for caring. And there is no question that Edmonds will have some of the finest-dressed women in town – the “after event” at C’est la Vie was crazy. (And yes, for those who attended the event and saw my wife in “that” dress, I did buy it for her for Mother’s Day. I’m not sure I’d be able to live in town if I hadn’t.)
Bottom line: this plan came together wonderfully…because Edmonds is a community that cares. Thank you for caring.
— By Michael Schindler
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.