Celebrating the Bag Lady Foundation

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By Susan "Bubbles" Green

One year ago, THE BAG LADY FOUNDATION, was founded. I am fortunate enough to be on the Board of the Foundation and cannot wait for it to “fly” nationally and internationally. The Mission statement is:  To inspire individuals, communities and organizations with a particular focus on providing hope and support to women facing a range of personal and professional challenges.

I am sure that all of you know Paula’s story.  When she was at her wits’ end only having $200, she did what she had to do to make a living for her family; she became the BAG LADY. Sissy has made so many changes in her life and is fortunate that she is now able to give back to those that need hope and support to achieve their dreams. The Foundation has given to organizations for this very purpose.  I have witnessed the tears, smiles, hugs, comforting and encouraging words that were shared when Paula spoke with the women and their families in Joplin, MO at the LAFAYETTE HOUSE.  This is just one of the places that the Foundation has been able to offer financial support.  Paula’s food line will also benefit the Foundation with a percentage of the sales going to the Foundation.  The Foundation has raised money through auctions on the last two cruises, a fishing tournament in Jasper, MO, a cocktail party at the home of Michael and Paula, and individual donations!  There has been an overwhelming response to give to THE BAG LADY FOUNDATION! 

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Here we are in Missouri.

A wonderful friend of the FOUNDATION, Ben Mitchell, and I began brainstorming the possibility of having the original BAG LADY embroidered on aprons, bags, and hand towels.  These items were unveiled at the cocktail party recently held at Michael and Paula’s home in Savannah.  It was a wonderful surprise for Paula and Aunt Peggy.  Aunt Peggy is responsible for the caricature that was done for Paula’s logo when she was the BAG LADY back in the late 80’s.  Ben graciously donated his time and items to be given away at the party.  You can imagine the excitement for those that won one of the original items.  Below are images on the hand towel and beach bag that we gave away.  Also, I have included some pictures of the cocktail party that was just held to benefit the Foundation.

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I just love the Bad Lady Logo!

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Here’s a shot from one of the benefit cocktail parties.

If you would like to make a donation to TBLF, the address is:  The Bag Lady Foundation, 2391 Downing Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404.  Please visit:  bagladyfoundation.org

Love, hugs and remote kisses to all of you!

Bubbles

Bubbles grew up in Albany, Georgia. She is a vivacious, fun loving, always on the go, Twentieth Century Grandmother. Having 3 precious grandchildren makes her day interesting. Carpools, reading to the class, softball and soccer games (not to mention the girls are on different teams), caring for my parents, grocery store, cleaners, and whatever pops up on any given day! Sometimes she believes that having the grandchildren first would have been easier. She runs on GO 100% of the day and is always the last to turn off the light and the first to turn on the stove. There is never a dull moment in her life. Memories are what Bubbles wants to leave with her grandchildren and their friends. She is well on the way to large volumes of just that. Read her Blogs and you will be able to take ideas to your house to share with your children and grandchildren.
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Oh Paula, I'm so happy for you to have your very own network. I'm so looking forward to your wonderful recipes. I've made the pound cake, and we love it. I use a lot of sour cream in some of my other recipes. I plan to do your cheesecake next. Love ya

By Judith Caplano on August 10, 2014

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Hi Paula my name is Helen and I am from Trinidad and Tobago. I am a huge fan for years I love the way you don't situations keep you down and you raise above it all. I hope that one of your cruise brings you to Trinidad for you and your to taste our foods, please make a trip to my country I would love to meet you in person, take care bye for now

By Helen Dwarika on July 25, 2014

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After a lifetime of raising boys, and now with grandsons, you NEED little girl. Tell Bobby to get busy.

By Betty S. Sievert on July 11, 2014

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Paula, Love your new store in Gatlinburg, TN!! I was there last week and it beautiful. The items were reasonable. I am going back in the fall!

By Mary on July 10, 2014

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm