(RWF Press Release, July 26, 2013)
On Sunday, July 21, 2013 Lillie D’or Salon and Spa located in Ferndale on Woodard Avenue between 8 and 9 mile opened its doors to 17 Detroit inner city youths of the Rhonda Walker Foundation for a day filled with complementary spa services.
The Rhonda Walker Foundation (RWF) founded in 2003 by WDIV’s TV Local 4 News Anchor Rhonda Walker selected Lillie D’or to conduct its annual spa-tacular event. The event kicked off with opening remarks from salon owner Tameshia McConnell (MeMe) coupled with delicious hor d’ourves then lead into five tutorial sessions educating on the importance of proper care for hair, nails, skin and the benefits of massage therapy. Following the tutorials the RWF girls received complementary services from hair stylist, manicurist, makeup artist, aestheticism, and massage therapist.
Approaching the last minutes of the event Lillie D’or announced a RWF girl, Taylor, as the winner of a complete makeover for her prom. Taylor, filled with emotion, could barely stand to retrieve a hug from McConnell as she stated, “I never win anything!” The event concluded with all of the RWF girls exiting with Lillie D’or gift bags filled with fresh chocolate strawberries, gourmet chocolate drizzled popcorn, a $25 certificate to return, and a Lillie D’or tank top. “It was a humbling experience to give back and make these girls feel as beautiful as they truly are,” said McConnell.
About Lillie D’or Salon and Spa
Lillie D’or Salon & Spa was conceived by chief visionary and master-stylist Tameshia (MeMe ) McConnell. As a graduate of Virginia Farrell School of Beauty and Cosmetology she brings over 15 years of experience to her chair. MeMe uses cutting edge techniques and is an advocate and believer of healthy hair. Her entrepreneurial spirit along with desire to expand her services beyond hair care to total body wellness lead her to open the doors of Lillie D’or Salon and Spa. Lillie D’or is where sophistication meets style and beauty. For more information about Lillie D’or, please visit www.lilliedor.com.
For almost a decade, the RWF, through its Girls Into Women program, has been helping teenage girls in Detroit develop and hone career and personal development skills. This is central to the RWF’s mission of empowering inner city teen girls towards becoming strong, confident, successful and moral future leaders. The career and personal development programs include mentoring, cross country college tours, extensive etiquette, public speaking, goal setting and confidence training, health and wellness workshops, and much more. The Girls Into Women program, accepts Detroit girls as they are entering the 8th grade, focuses on instilling the expectation that college is a must in each RWF Teen, among other positive goals. For more information about the RWF, visit our website at www.rhondawalkerfoundation.org.