“We are all given various talents as gifts in life. As a thank you for these gifts, I believe it is our responsibility to give back, pay it forward in a sense. The more I pay forward the more my talents shine!” ~Lisa
Durham Fair Association
Lisa and the LDD team, Wine Tent Courtyard Design & Main Stage Hospitality Tent
Each year the LDD team shares their talents in a unique fashion. They address two major areas for the fair, the wine tent courtyard and the Main Stage Hospitality VIP tent.
For the Connecticut Wine Festival wine tasting tent, they transform an open section of grass into a magical courtyard for Durham Fair attendees to sit, relax, enjoy wine, sights and entertainment.
“It is amazing to watch. Lisa and her team arrive, and in an afternoon it goes from drab to romantic!”~ Wendy Manemeit, Coordinator of Entertainment, Durham Fair.
The LDD team also addresses a less public space, taking a stark white tent and converting a section of it into an amazing photo stage for the Main Stage entertainers. The ‘stage’ ,when Lisa and the LDD are done, becomes a down home country barn facade, including a barn door and track that Lisa salvaged years ago in Vermont!
“I love watching Lisa and her team create this space. It’s a little different every year and I’m blown away each time”~ Dan Marimant President Durham Fair Association.
An Evening In White (2013 to 2014)
Drawing inspiration from Diner en Blanc which started in France in 1988, Lisa and Leslie Ozols, along with a team of dynamic women, created ‘An Evening in White’. Attendees had to adhere to definite rules, which included wearing white attire and having white table settings. Guests had to arrive with their dinner in tow at 6pm at a location disclosed the morning of the event. Until then the location remains a secret! In addition to being a wonderful night filled with live music and hayrides, guests also help the local food pantries. ‘An Evening in White’s’ tag line became “feeding the hungry one white napkin at a time”. Event guests traveled from New York, Massachusetts and even Maine to attend this beautiful night. Check out their Facebook page >
Run for the Fallen (2013 to 2015)
LDD has had the pleasure of sponsorship since 2012. Run for the Fallen CT serves as a memorial for all servicemen and women who lost their lives serving our country during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and other post-9/11 conflicts; specifically the sixty-five fallen service members from Connecticut. This event is also a tribute to ALL United States servicemen and women who have given their lives throughout history in service to their country.
Red and White Ball Metro NY (2014)
The American Red Cross Metro New York North Red and White Ball is the primary source of funding for the American Red Cross serving Greenwich, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley. Each year the Ball selects designers from New York and Connecticut to create spectacular tablescapes for attendees to enjoy. For the 2014 Ball Lisa created a unique tablescape illustrating the Red Cross cause – rising from the ashes to fresh new beginnings. Additionally the ball featured fine wine and food, music and dancing, and outstanding auctions which showcased one-of-a-kind items and experiences.
CRHS & Amity High Mentor (2013 to present)
Lisa believes to the core of her being that giving back to her community is how she shows thanks for the gifts she has been given. Mentoring high school students is one of many ways Lisa shows her thanks. “Any opportunity I have to work with our youth, I jump on it. Honestly, they are our future. It is part of our responsibility to help guide them through life. It brings me great pleasure to share my career path, my failures, and my successes. They are what built me and I hope inspires others to live their dreams.” said Lisa.
Eastern Kentucky Missions with LINKS 2004-2013
Lisa, her husband Joe, and both of their children, Ashley and Joey, spent years traveling to Eastern Kentucky building and rehabbing housing for the needy of Floyd & Johnson Counties. Working alongside with adult volunteers and youth ranging in ages from 7 to 20 years old proved to be rewarding on many levels. The obvious reward, building and giving to those less fortunate was life changing. Although the time spent with teenagers, in their formative years proved to be a bonus Lisa and Joe never expected. Many of those teenagers, now adults, reach out with updates to Lisa and Joe and on occasion, a little life guidance. Lisa and Joe were both awarded with the distinction of ‘Kentucky Colonel’ in 2013 for their extensive missionary work throughout Eastern Kentucky.
Red Carpet Auction (2009-2014)
Again Lisa teamed up with Leslie Ozols to create a wildly successful event for the United Churches of Durham. Every other year around the Oscars, guests attend the Auction where they are greeted by many iconic celebrities. This event has raised funds to maintain the church campus at the United Churches of Durham.