The presentation was November 11th, and the NAMI Awards Dinner was on November 12th, 2015, but I haven't gotten around to completing this post because I've been doing NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month. Every year in November people all over the world participate, and I decided to join them this year. I've attempted to do it twice before, but didn't get very far. I've gotten further this time than ever before, but I don't think I'm going to meet the 50,000 word count required to win. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by November 30th. I'm pretty behind at this point, but like I said, I've gotten further this time than any other time I've participated. It's been a learning process, but a worthwhile one.
On to the events: Wednesday, November 11th, we had the author Felicia Johnson speak at one of our information meetings. She gave an excellent presentation on her book, "Her," which is about a young woman with borderline personality disorder. She also showed clips from the upcoming film based on the book. She discussed child abuse and trauma, and how they can impact people for the rest of their lives. Her presentation was moving and emotional, and I'm sure everyone in the audience could relate to the things she was discussing. I know I learned a great deal that night, and I'm sure many others in the audience did, as well. I received positive feedback from many of the audience members, so I know her presentation not only struck a chord of recognition with people, but they derived some benefit from it, too.
Everyone I worked with did their best to make the evening a success, so I'm glad it went well. During the time I've been Program Coordinator for NAMI NYC Staten Island, I've never had an absolute disaster occur during one of the presentations or information meetings, but I always worry! Fortunately, everyone always works very hard at making sure things go right, so my worries are unfounded. Our speakers are always seasoned, professional people, and they handle themselves well when there are glitches either before or during their presentations. From the audience, you never know there's been an issue.
The next night, Thursday, November 12th, was the NAMI NYC Staten Island Awards Dinner. There were three honorees: Digna Quinones, who is the Recipient Advocacy Specialist for the New York State Office of Mental Health, NYC Regional Office; Mary Ann Sisto-Clark, who is the Director of Customer Service for South Beach Psychiatric Center; and Larry Hochwald, who is the Chair of the Staten Island Mental Health Council. Congratulations to all the honorees! They all gave excellent acceptance speeches.
On to the fashion: I wore the tan jacket, black J. Jill tee and jeans with the Aerosoles loafers Wednesday night.
I wore the black Lane Bryant knit jacket, black Woman Within tee and jeans with the Doc Martens Chelsea boots and amber beaded necklace on Thursday night. Thursday night was cold and threatened rain, so I wore the outer layer of my parka. My friend David, who drove me to the event and back home again, wore only a short sleeved polo shirt and chinos, and he was cold.
I carried my black pebbled leather turn-lock Coach hobo bag both nights. It's not the bag pictured. My hobo bag is from 2007. It still looks good! Every season I clean it and condition the leather.
I wore the same style of jeans to both events, but different pairs each night. The dinner is an evening event, and most people wear some form of business casual or dressy attire. It's a long evening, so I think most people want to be comfortable. No one wears formal evening attire, because it's not that kind of event. Everyone looks nice, though, and the atmosphere is friendly and congenial. The food is always delicious at The Staaten, where the event takes place, and the surroundings are lovely. A good time was had by all!