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AZ Giving: The Cora Blue Fund

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Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park recently partnered with Coomi Fine Jewelry for an evening of shopping to benefit The Cora Blue Fund, a nonprofit organization based in Kenya focused on improving conditions for girls of the Maasai Tribe. AZFoothills.com chatted with Janyne Preston of The Cora Blue Fund to discuss its mission and its future goals.

 

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A New Leaf: Telling Untold Stories, Amy’s story

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By Doreen Brokaw

A very articulate Amy defined her story as "not your typical domestic violence situation." She wasn't romantically involved with her roommate, but because she had no place else to go, it was either room with him and live in daily fear or go to the streets. The reality of one and the thought of the other were equally terrifying to her.

When Amy's mom died, five years ago, Amy and her dad moved to Arizona with plans to create a brighter future. Workforce opportunities presented some challenges for Amy and then her dad passed away earlier this year. It was a very lonely time in her life...

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AZ Giving: Saks Fifth Avenue and Coomi Fine Jewelry Team Up to Aid The Cora Blue Fund

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Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park has partnered with Coomi Fine Jewelry for an evening of shopping on Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. to benefit The Cora Blue Fund, a nonprofit organization based in Kenya and focused on improving conditions for girls of the Maasai Tribe. 

Guests will enjoy Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, live music and informal modeling featuring Coomi Jewelry and fine furs. Greg Boyd, of Coomi, will be showcasing a unique assortment from the gold and silver collections.  

Coomi and Saks Fifth Avenue will be donating a portion of the evening’s sales to the Cora Blue Fund. Abigail “Cora” Preston, who has been living in Kenya full-time...

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A New Leaf: Telling Untold Stories, A Simple Pair of Shoes

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by Candy Thompson

It was a heart wrenching moment when Bella looked up with tears in her eyes and a shy little smile. She was holding a Converse shoebox on her lap. “This is the first new pair of shoes I have ever had,” she said quietly.

Bella is a 15-years-old star basketball player on her high school team. None of her teammates know that recently Bella and family were homeless. She had been living in a small house with her step-dad, mom, and 2 younger brothers, but when the landlord informed them that he had sold the house and they had two...

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AZ Giving: Spreading Joy

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The Joy Bus Diner opens to continue spreading gourmet meals to people in need.

Five years ago, Jennifer Caraway began bringing her friend Joy, who was dying of cancer, healthy meals and visiting with her. She would ditch work on Fridays to make meals, utilizing her background in food to give Joy something to look forward to. However, she had no idea how much of a need she could fill for so many people. “I was blown away by the number of people who don’t have family or don’t have friends or don’t have a church,” she says. “It’s...

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