August 27th, 2008
Avalon Hills 5th year celebration was a huge success. We want to express our gratitude to those who attended and to those who participated. Special thanks to the panel participants and to Jenny Harrop, our guest speaker.
As we move past our 5th year in operation we would like to acknowledge the efforts of those who have supported our mission, because of this hard work we can continue the battle for recovery.
AH will be holding its 1st Unfashionable Show on October 24th. This event will involve Avalon Hills clients expressing themselves related to who they want to be and what they are about as individuals rather than common stereotypes or cultural emphasis on what they “should” be. The focus is anti-establishment and defining new rules to live by. It will be a means for the participants to define how they present their healthy bodies with expression taking the form of them writing their biography for the emcee to read, choosing a song to get them pumped, determining their attire, and strutting their stuff on the runway-all in the name of health. Clients will be involved in all stages of the preparation as well, with the artistic designing the catwalk and the organized helping with logistics. Additionally, this type of activity serves as an exposure exercise to prepare clients to deal with social pressures they will face back in the real world. Staff will also be putting their best foot forward, participating in support of being proud of who you are. Who knows, maybe some of the cats will slink into the event as well; they are always good role models for healthy body image!
This event will be a private function for Avalon Hills clients and staff. Stay posted for more details as the event draws near.