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Attention event planners, publicists and all our loyal readers -- starting next month Talk is happy to run professional quality photos submitted by you in our monthly Rendezvous. Each month, we'll feature two to three sets of photos that highlight charitable fundraisers or community events, and we would be happy to consider yours! Photos need to be submitted in a particular size, with full event details provided. For more information about our expanded coverage of Loudoun activities with you as our community reporters, call Talk Founder Miriam Nasuti at 703.771.8893.

To honor and remember those we love

Talk joined Blue Ridge Hospice, the Carver Center and the Loudoun Breast Health Network in Purcellville for the second annual Breast Cancer Tea & Fashion Show on Saturday, October 23. It was once again a sold-out event, with this year's proceeds going to support the LBHN's outreach and awareness efforts. Kudos to all the participating groups for a lovely, meaningful and memorable day as we honored and remembered loved ones afflicted with this disease.

Mayor and friends support a good cause

Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro enjoyed tea with some of his favorite ladies, including former town council member Janet Clark, left, and wife Carolyn, who's also pictured with her mother, Barbara Curran, at right. Barb leads a popular fitness class at the Carver Center.

America's Next Top Model, here I come!

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Skylar Mumm, daughter of Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop regional manager Jacki Mumm, is a natural on the runway in her hip ensemble.

Laughter is best medicine

for this doctor

Guest speaker Dr. Virginia Chiantella, a renowned breast cancer surgeon who was voted one of the region's top docs in Washingtonian magazine, spoke candidly and humorously about why she "hates" October. Her view from the front lines of breast cancer was inspiring as she recognized numerous survivors in the audience. Chiantella also encourages patients and survivors to share their own words of wisdom and encouragement on her website,

A family celebrates survival

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Virginia Holsinger, left, celebrated daughter Joanne Fisher's triumph over breast cancer with daughter-in-law Tracey Fisher, standing, and Tracey's brother, Jonathan Urda, who rocked the runway at the second annual Breast Cancer Tea and Fashion Show.

Tell me more!

Blue Ridge School Board representative Priscilla Godfrey, left, listens intently to Dr. Virginia Chiantella as she tells stories of her work in the community on behalf of breast cancer patients and survivors.

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Mattie Lassiter and friends

One of the founders and long-time supporters of the Carver Center, Mattie Lassiter, left, split a pot of tea with friends Kathy Patrick, pictured on the far left in the photo at right, Elizabeth McCormick and Dolores Hyde.

Lovely ladies

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Arcile Boyes, left, and Joan Jasinski of Bluemont share friendship and support over homemade tea sandwiches and sweets.

Loudoun Breast Health Network
in the spotlight
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The beneficiary of the second annual Breast Cancer Tea and Fashion Show at the Carver Center was the Loudoun Breast Health Network, a local nonprofit group providing and promoting education, early detection, support programs and resources to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.

It's all in the details

This year's Breast Cancer Tea and Fashion Show coordinator Nancy Grish and her cadre of volunteers worked tirelessly on every detail of the event -- from the donated raffle items, left, to the chic pink pumpkin d�cor to the creative door prizes.

Runway retro

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The highlight of the fundraising event was the resourceful fashion show, organized by Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop regional manager Jacki Mumm, who created affordable and elegant outfits from her thrift shops' donations. A crowd favorite was this retro look, modeled by Joy Patterson, who manages the Blue Ridge Thrift Shop in Berryville. All outfits were offered for sale after the show, with proceeds benefiting Loudoun Breast Health Network.

Work it, ladies!

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United Airlines flight attendant Yvonne Wallow, left, sported a classic flowing skirt and jacket suitable for layovers in any time zone. Margaret Ziemer, middle, modeled the color of choice for this breast cancer fundraiser, while Kim LeGeoff whisked down the runway in a whimsical pastel top and handmade scarf.


Briar Patch honors veterans

Community generated - all photos and information provided by Briar Patch B & B!

Kudos to Dan Haendel and Ellen Goldberg, proprietors of Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn of Middleburg, who took part in a nationwide promotion to honor veterans last week. B&Bs and inns across the country provided free rooms to active and retired military personnel on Wednesday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day on November 11. The program, started in 2009 by two members of the West Virginia B&B Association, has expanded this year to include 49 states, eight international locations and more than 850 inns!

The Briar Patch owners have a vested interest in the military. Dan is a veteran (retired lieutenant colonel in the Army JAG Corps reserves) and currently works at the Pentagon. This year, he and his wife, Ellen, decided to go all-out to honor veterans and their families. They offered all nine of their bedrooms for the nights of November 10 and November 11, enabling 18 families to take advantage of a home-away-from-home country setting. Within two days, all of the rooms were spoken for, with a long waiting list.

"We are honored to participate in this promotion to honor our troops. It is a small token of our appreciation for what veterans and their families give to protect our great country, and our way of thanking them for their service," Ellen said.

Connie and Michael Morreale of Hanover, Maryland

Benjamin, baby Bailey, Denise and Kayla Whitty of

Fort Lee, Virginia

Joshua and Jillian Crawford from West Virginia

Maurice Saxon of Maryland and Bailey Whitty of Fort Lee, Virginia

The Morreales, Whittys, Crawfords and Saxons, joined by Lerra Cunningham of Maryland, and Nello and Marilyn Dachman of Virginia

Next Wednesday Talk takes off to focus on family and ready our homes for Thanksgiving. On December 1, we'll offer a unique Total Health e-zine we know you won't want to miss.

Have a happy, special and warm Thanksgiving with your loved ones, and we'll see you in December!

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