This year, Maria Luisa Whittingham marks the 30th anniversary of her doing business in Nyack, where today, she stands as the founder and sole proprietor of both Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa. Events to celebrate the milestone are underway – all leading up to a formal event on Oct. 19 – but a very special event was recently held. It was on July 8 – a day that also happened to be Maria’s birthday – that a team some 80-women strong gathered as the ML Faves and took part in the 30th Women’s Distance Festival. The empowering run/walk attracted an estimated 1,100 female participants to Rockland Lake State Park in Congers to raise funds for the Center for Safety & Change, a local not-for-profit long supported by Maria and her business. The sense of camaraderie, the importance of the cause and the funds raised by the team have sparked yet another chapter in the Maria Luisa story – the formation of ML Faves For Good. Envisioned as a way to capitalize on the spirit of that special day, Maria is launching this effort as a concrete way to continue the drive to further help the local not-for-profit community. It’s hoped that this latest effort will continue to draw on Maria Luisa’s own loyal “community” – for both participation and support. Plans are just getting started for future events and efforts, so stay tuned. We’d love it if you like and follow the Facebook page for the group that’s already been created. And, as always, we’d love to hear your feedback, especially your thoughts on worthy causes, events and anything else related to this newest way we can all join together and “do good.”
With our 30th anniversary year under way, there have already been highlights. On June 8, for example, we presented our third annual ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship to Melissa Denizard of Spring Valley High School, a National Honor Society member, activist and filmmaker. During this year’s award celebration, Maria also announced that the guidelines for the program are being broadened to embrace applicants who identify as female.
In addition, we are proud to have gathered a team some 80-women strong – #MLFaves – to participate in the 30th annual Women’s Distance Festival 5K Walk/Run. The July 8 event at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers was incredibly inspiring to all those there – the team raised some $1,500, an amount matched by Maria – to benefit the Center for Safety and Change, a nonprofit organization long supported by Maria and her business.
And, it was Maria’s 60th birthday – so the singing, cake and balloons made it even more special.
But that’s not all. Special events and promotions continue, with quite a lot on the autumn agenda. We’ve already kicked off our “30 Looks of 30 Years” promotion, putting the spotlight on the enduring quality of Maria Luisa’s offerings.
Then, we’ve set OCT. 19 as our special anniversary day/celebration. Believe us when we say you’ll want to save that date.
And October in Nyack also means one very special event. The Nyack Halloween Parade – and we all know what a huge Nyack, Rockland and metro-area event that is – is also marking its 30th annual edition. (Yes, 1987 was a very special year!) The Maria Luisa team and our friends in the community will make our second appearance in the holiday tradition this year scheduled for Oct. 28. We’ve got big plans for this, as well, so you wont’ want to miss it!
Saturday, July 8th
July 2017 marked the 30th Annual Women's Distance Festival 5K Run/Walk, Maria Luisa's 30th year doing business in #nyack and July 8, the day of this 2017 event was also Maria Whittingham's 60th birthday! 30 + 30 = 60. Maria Whittingham / Maria Luisa Boutique contributed $25 for each of the registered #MLfaves@MariaLuisa runners/walkers and a over $3,000 dollars were raised as result of the Maria Luisa Team #MLFaves efforts.