BEHIND THE SCENES: Walk With Sally Fashion Shoot

From makeup to the set design, five of Walk With Sally’s mentors (and notably, the organization’s Founder) gathered to share their favorite white style picks and how being a mentor has impacted not only their lives, but the hearts of their mentees.

If you haven’t already seen the white fashion feature in the new Southbay Magazine be sure to check it out. From makeup to the set design to keeping warm as the sun fell across the roof deck of Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach, five of Walk With Sally’s mentors (and notably, the organization’s Founder) gathered to share their favorite white style picks and how being a mentor has impacted not only their lives, but the hearts of their mentees.


NICK ARQUETTE, Founder
To me, the most important role as a mentor is… Learning something new about myself.

Nothing is more rewarding than when my mentee looks at me and says… “Thank you” or “Missed you”

If I had one word to describe White Light White Night it would have to be… Connected

Other than the Blues Traveler performance, what do you most anticipate about this year's WLWN? Being on the water in Redondo Beach.

To anyone thinking of becoming a Walk With Sally mentor, I would like to say… Find time, it will change a child and your life.

Nick’s Style Guide: Shirt by Old Navy, linen pants from Nordstrom, South Bay Galleria


DANIELLE DIMATTEO
To me, the most important role as a mentor is… Knowing that I am making a difference in someone’s life. This experience has helped me so much as well, as I can take the pain from losing my mother and channel it into something so special and good.
 

Nothing is more rewarding than when my mentee looks at me and says… “Today was a good day!” Although we have our favorite things to do together, we like to mix it up and try new places, museums, beaches, movie theaters and parks. And no matter where the day will take us, Samantha always finds a moment to say thank you and tell me how much fun she had. This is usually followed by her recounting every detail of the day and smiling and laughing. It’s just awesome.
 

If I had one word to describe White Light White Night it would have to be… INSPIRING
 

Other than the Blues Traveler performance, what do you most anticipate about this year's WLWN? Definitely the “Taste of the South Bay”! There are some amazing restaurants on the line-up this year, and I plan on trying each and every one. I’m especially excited for Sashi Sushi and Gaetano’s as I am somewhat addicted to sushi and Italian food!
 

To anyone thinking of becoming a Walk With Sally mentor, I would like to say… We need you! There are so many children in our area affected by cancer who would love to have the special attention and experience having a mentor provides. It has been so rewarding to me, especially because of the close relationship I have developed with Samantha and her family.

Danielle’s Style Guide: Shirt, shoes, ring and bag from Katwalk, earrings by Liz Law and available at Bella Beach, belt by Hammitt. Hair by Jana Liston at Bob Roy Salon in Manhattan Beach.


SAHMON ZOUGHI
To me, the most important role as a mentor is… Is to be a friend and have patience. As one can imagine a twelve-year-old boy isn't exactly an emotional over-sharing kind of person. That doesn't mean you're not helping with the healing or grieving process.  If you can be a friend and earn their trust you will ultimately become an important person in their life.
 

Nothing is more rewarding than when my mentee looks at me and says… “Thank you.” It may not seem like a tall order but it really feels good when you drop your mentee off and he gives a big thank you with a smile on his face. You know that you may not have changed his current situation but he truly had a great time and potentially a break from the stress and emotions that accompanies losing a loved one. 
 

If I had one word to describe White Light White Night it would have to be… Fun. Although I have not had the opportunity to attend WLWN in the past, I can’t tell you how jealous I am after seeing pictures and hearing stories. It’s a good night with great people for an amazing purpose.
 

Other than the Blues Traveler performance, what do you most anticipate about this year's WLWN? Spending the evening with people that care about the organization with the same passion that I do. I hold Walk With Sally, and the work of everyone involved, dear to my heart and I am looking forward to spending the evening with the people that share the same passion for helping these mentees.
 

To anyone thinking of becoming a Walk With Sally mentor, I would like to say… Do it. I can preach to all day about how great it feels to be a mentor and how much fun you will have spending time with the kids and the other volunteers involved but you will never truly understand how amazing it feels. I genuinely feel lucky to be involved with Walk With Sally.

Sahmon’s Style Guide: Shirt by Tasso Elba, pants by Perry Ellis.


JILLIAN HARRIS
To me the most important role as a mentor is… Setting a good example and being a good role model for a young child.
 

Nothing is more rewarding than when my mentee looks at me and says… "I love you." It is the most sincere and sweetest thing a child can say. I also smile when she asks, "Can we go to Islands?" I took her to Islands for lunch once and she has talked about it ever since.
 

If I had one word to describe White Light White Night it would have to be… Festive
 

Other than the Blues Traveler performance, what do you most anticipate about this year's WLWN? Sampling the delicious food!
 

To anyone thinking of becoming a Walk With Sally mentor, I would like to say… It's a really fulfilling experience, to give of yourself and affect a child’s life in a positive way.

Jillian’s Style Guide: Halo dress from Doubletake in Hermosa Beach, belt by JCrew, shoes and necklace worn as bracelet from Katwalk, clutch by Hammitt, earrings by J Lynn available at Bella Beach.


 
MELINDA GANN
To me, the most important role as a mentor is… To be compassionate whether it is something so simple as drawing a picture with my mentee or answering serious questions about the "what if.." with her parents.  
 

Nothing is more rewarding than when my mentee looks at me and says… "Let's pretend you are my aunt!!"  Cracks me up every time she says it!
 

If I had one word to describe White Light White Night it would have to be… Community
 

Other than the Blues Traveler performance, what do you most anticipate about this year's WLWN? WLWN always leaves me with this great feeling of how strong and supportive this community is.  WLWN is more than just another fundraising event in the South Bay.  People love Walk with Sally and they bring that enthusiasm to the event. It is lively and exciting – people are so friendly.  There is great food, drink and of course, entertainment.  There is an underlying current of energy throughout the evening of community and charity. It is much more than that though.  People come out to have a good time but there is something more underneath all the festivities – it is this bond that we all share that cancer changes everything.  As a Walk with Sally Mentor, we have a positive effect on others who are walking through what we have walked through before – and that is the real reason for WLWN.  
 

To anyone thinking of becoming a Walk With Sally mentor, I would like to say… It is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.  We, as mentors, come from a place of truly deep understanding of what it is like to have a parent or sibling with cancer and to have the opportunity to not only support my mentee Reagan but her parents also has been such an honor.  Loosing my mother at a young age was a difficult thing; Walk with Sally has allowed me to turn that experience into a positive that I am very proud of. . . and I know my mom is too.

Melinda’s Style Guide: J Lynn necklace by Bella Beach, dress from Target in Manhattan Beach, cardigan from HEIR intimates in Rolling Hills. Hair by Lisa Goleblowski at Bob Roy Salon in Manhattan Beach.


Walk With Sally is dedicated to providing mentoring support programs and services to children of parents or siblings with cancer – one child at a time, one heart at a time.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in helping a child through one of their toughest journey’s in life by becoming a Walk With Sally mentor, please visit, walkwithsally.org/formentors.html or email [email protected].

SAVE THE DATE
5th Annual White Light White Night featuring Blues Traveler
Saturday, July 16, 2011
5:30 to 11:00 pm
King Harbor Redondo Beach – Future site of the new Shade Hotel

For more information on becoming a Walk With Sally mentor or how to be involved in this year’s White Light White Night event, please visit www.walkwithsally.org.

Photography by Michael B. Harrrington, visit www.michaelbharrington.com.

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