Work hard, play harder – and that’s just what the men and women of Steel Magnolias did in 2018. The goal is always to raise more money and more awareness for children with developmental delays, behavioral issues and learning challenges along with other special needs. And we’re pleased to say: Mission Accomplished!

We welcomed eight new members who were celebrated and fêted throughout the year as they collectively brought with them a faceted skillset, creative ideas and an abundance of energy and dedication.

The annual Home Tour kicked off Steel Magnolias fundraising efforts on May 6 with a “Fab Four” contingent of architectural destinations (not to mention raising more than $38k in net proceeds). The Home Tour was followed by Bon Appetaste, this year’s Signature Event, held in late August with space donated by Friedmans Home Experience. The Sunday, Funday food and wine event included cooking and cocktail demonstrations, gourmet food trucks, live and silent auctions, entertainment and more. Local chefs, mixologist and restaurateurs donated their time and talent helping Steel Magnolias add more than $106k to the coffers.

The final “fore-star” event of the year was the Rally Round Golf Tournament produced by the powerhouse team of Mohammad and Jean Raghib and the Men’s Alliance. Under a veil of sunshine at Old Ranch Country Club, men and women competed for top honors while enjoying on-course hospitality edibles from local restaurants, such as The Crooked Duck, Sweet Dixie Kitchen, EJ’s Pub, Santa Fe Importers, Raising Cane’s and Joe Jost’s (got to love those pickled eggs!). October 29 may have once been dubbed Black Tuesday some 90 years ago, but it was a Marvelous Monday as more than $85k was raised to help our cause.

Steel Magnolias closed 2018 with its annual meeting on December 10 and proudly presented more than $246k to the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center with more than $140k towards operating expenses and the balance as an endowment fund. These funds will help ensure children receive the treatment they need but that their parents and families simply cannot afford. We also welcomed several new members into the Class of 2019.

Steel Magnolias is proud of its work and tips its hat to those who continue to support our cause through monetary donations, in-kind sponsorship, volunteer hours, etc. It takes a village, and your help allows us to help children’s health blossom. We thank you!