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Remix raises funds for foster youth program through calendar sales

Gia States
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The Story

I awoke suddenly at 4:30 a.m. (and I am not a morning person) on Feb. 24 with wild ideas and vivid images whirling around in my head. Something told me I had to create a calendar called, “Soul Beautiful” (seriously…really?). A gorgeous piece of artwork that celebrates the whole woman, inside and out … with images that capture feminine beauty as well as personality and emotion.

A calendar that’s raw, edgy, artsy and alive. One that will inspire people to show the world who they really are while giving back to kids at the same time. The vision was so clear and the purpose was so strong I knew I had to act on it. Within a few hours I had 12 incredible women on board and one photographer willing to help out….and that was just the beginning…

The Cause

The inspiration for the Soul Beautiful calendar creation came from the desire to make a difference in the lives of foster children. Eighty percent of the proceeds from calendar sales are going to be used to invest in a new and upcoming non-profit for foster youth called, Remix.

The People

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You would not be reading an article about this calendar in your hands if it wasn’t for the amazing group of people. All of the talented photographers, designers and women you will see pictured in the calendar have donated their time, images and creative vision to make Soul Beautiful what it has become.

My story

After the birth of my son, the basic and vital need to be safely loved and cared for became critically apparent. When my son, Tobin was 2 years old, my husband, Justin and I began the process of adopting a foster child and quickly became educated on the staggering statistics of the foster care system:

– More than 500,000 children live in foster care in the United States.

– Foster care placements have increased dramatically in the past 10 years.

– More than 30 percent of children in foster care have severe emotional, behavioral, or developmental problems.

– Nearly 20,000 youth age out of foster care at age 18 each year. Without support and community services, they are vulnerable to unemployment, homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, and incarceration.

The deeper into the process I went, the more passionate I became about the fact I have the power to affect change on a much greater scale than simply adopting one foster child. I have the power to help thousands. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

Marshall Foch said, “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” This quote speaks to my spirit, to who I am. When I believe in something, I make it happen. I’m both a dreamer and a doer. I’m alive, full of passion and drive and I’m not afraid to fail. Each night when I go to sleep, the thoughts that cycle through my mind are literally of all the kids in the world who have no one to call a family. I have decided I am going to make a difference in their lives by being an advocate, a believer, and a supporter of these children.

The nonprofit

Our mission at Remix is to empower foster youth to express their voice, take risks, and encourage them to dream in a safe and supportive environment in the magical wilderness of the Truckee Tahoe area.