Kate the Great

Remember the 12-year-old go-getter from Ottawa I told you about recently? The one who dreamed up a fashion show fundraiser after being inspired by my book Much Ado About Anne?

She succeeded beyond her wildest expectations!


I’ll let Kate speak for herself.  Here’s what she wrote to me (I’m posting it here with her permission):

“The show went absolutely amazingly!!  It was a smash hit, and it was totally sold out with standing room only!!   We raised approximately $8,175.15.  That’s three thousand over our goal!!  YAY!!  I arrived along with models, hair stylists, and makeup artists at 9 a.m. to begin hair and makeup.  It was a crazy but amazing experience.  I was running around backstage, cueing models, cueing our emcee.  It was AWESOME!!  I totally loved the atmosphere and have started looking into doing it annually!!”

How cool is THAT? SRO and a whopping sum for charity!  Kate, my hat is off to you  — you are an inspiring example of someone who didn’t just dream big, but was willing to roll up her sleeves and work hard to turn that dream into a reality.

Here are some fun links you can visit to hear from Kate herself, see photos of the event, and get the inside scoop from a few of the designers who showcased their work:

Kate’s interview with the Ottawa Citizen

Kate’s interview on “A Morning” Ottawa

Kate’s interview with 2LiveViv

The Bias Cut

Jana Hanzel

Centretown News article

Metro News pictures

Event recap from blogger Erica on Fashion




Hats off to an awesome young Canadian fan!

I’d like to introduce you to someone special today.  Her name is Kate Reeve, and she’s a powerhouse.

She’s also 12.  Remember that, OK?

Kate is a Mother-Daughter Book Club fan.  So much so, that when she read Much Ado About Anne and got to the part where the girls decide to put on a fashion show to raise money for — shhhh! no spoilers! — she thought hey, I’d like to do that.  I want to put on a charity event to help someone in need.

Now, most people (like, for instance, me) would have a thought like that and then go on their merry way. But not Kate.  She decided to turn that dream into a reality.  So she wrote to me last summer, telling me that my book had inspired her to try and do something to raise money for a children’s hospice, and asking for my advice.

“At first my friends thought I was insane,” she wrote.  “(Maybe they still do!!) especially after I told them I got the idea from a book. (“It’s fiction!!” was one of their main arguments!)”

Funny AND determined — a lethal combination.  I encouraged and applauded her, of course, but I have a confession to make:  I thought she was too young to pull it off.  She was only 12, remember?

Boy, was I wrong.

By the time I heard from Kate again, she was sewing like mad, she’d set a date (Sunday February 20th) for her Fashion Show and rented a venue:  the Glebe Community Centre in Ottawa.   (Did I mention that Kate is from Ottawa?  She gets extra brownie points for this as I have a special place in my heart for all things Canadian, since my mother was from Nova Scotia.)

By now she’s realized that her dream was snowballing into a bigger reality than even she could have imagined, and that “there was no way enough dresses would be made in time for the show. So, I set to work. I’ve emailed, called, bullied, and beleaguered the fashion designers of Ottawa to show their clothes at our show.”  That was in November.  She’d had one yes and one no.   Fast-forward to last month, and she has not one but FIVE of Canada’s top designers lined up for her charity event, along with professional models and hair stylists and even a celebrity emcee — longtime CTV Ottawa anchor Max Keeping — all of them donating their time and talent so that 100% of the proceeds will go to Kate’s charities of choice:  Roger’s House and Canuck Place.

Is this girl AMAZING or what?

Oh, how I wish I could be there to witness her triumph!  I’ll be with her in spirit, though, and am donating an autographed set of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series for her Silent Auction.  Hats off to you, Kate — you are truly an inspiration to all of us!

And please, any of you who live near Ottawa — go support her event.  Here’s the information:

Fashion Show for Funds

Date: Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Where: Glebe Community Centre (175 Third avenue)
Designers: Rachel SinShweta WahiAmber WatkinsJana HanzelRubin Kooner
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for students, free for children 5 and under.

Email mayreeve@rogers.com or call 613-730-5074