Friday, January 22, 2010

One more Angel in the sky...remembering my fellow "Survivor," Jenn Lyon

Some are saying that an angel has fallen. On the contrary, I truly believe that one has risen. From the second I met her, like so many, my first reaction was: “Wow..this girl is STUNNING!,” Then Jenn opens her mouth and out comes the sweetest voice…the voice of an angel. Jenn is a blessing for anyone who got to know her or even see her image. Her spirit is so powerful, that it transcends and reaches you. The evening of her passing, I was coming home from picking up my little girl from her cathechism class. My daugher and I prayed every night for my 3 friends, Jenn Lyon, Ethan Zohn and Diedra Bradshaw (who, btw, has been fighting the exact same form of cancer that Jenn had). I was so hearthbroken about Jenn’s passing and I couldn’t find the right words to tell my little girl, who had grown to care about Jenn through our prayers. That was on my mind, when my little girl looked up at the sky and saw a cloud formation; “Mommie..look! That cloud is the shape of an angel!” I burst into tears because I knew that was Jenn!! That’s how powerful her spirit is:) and I told my little girl. She smiled and said “yes, mommie, that’s your friend letting you know that she’s ok:)” I took a photo of the angel cloud and will see if I can post it to share with all of you. I’m so happy to have been able to participate in several charity events with Jenn. She left me in AWE as I watched her win the SURVIVOR Houston challenge. What a tough cookie in this delicate Avatar:). She and I always spoke in Spanish. She knew I was from Venezuela and shared with me that she had spent a year in Spain. I know she did this as her way of connecting with me. She had a way of doing that with everyone that she came across. Jenn has achieved what we all aspire to, eternal life for she definitely left her mark on this earth. Tu viviras para siempre, amiga. Te amo, Jenn, eres un angel!

Posted by Rita Verreos | January 22, 2010, 10:14 am

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Autograph signing at UTSA

Here I am with one of my BIGGEST SMALLEST fans :)
Patsy Torres, Diana Arevalo (of Ticketmaster)&, Patsy's Goddaughter.

Ms. Diana Arevalo has been very kind in thinking of me for so many kinds of events. A few months back, she invited me to be presenter at the Gospel Music Awards held at the Carver Center. I'm so sad that no one thought to video tape that event because it turned out to be one of the BEST events I've had the priviledge to be a part of in San Antonio. This time, Diana asked me to come and sign autographs a booth that Ticketmaster had set up to help promote SA Rodeo Ticket sales. I was so lucky to be sharing the booth with Ms. Patsy Torres who also sang at UTSA that morning. Many had to opportunity to sign up and win free tickets. Let's Rodeo San Antonio!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Stadia Spa pampers my brother Nick!

Thanks to my needing some serious pampering after my participation on SURVIVOR FIJI, Dr. Jaime Garza kindly asked me to be a Spokesmodel for Stadia Spa. For Christmas, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Garza, I was able to give to my brother, the amazing women's wear designer, Nick Verreos, a morning of pampering at Stadia Spa. First of all, we were greated by the elegant and beutiful Hostess, Cecie Forte-Jernelious. She is always so gracious and classy. Truth be told, part of the reason I contiue to go is to drink her cucumber water that she makes! Just with drikin' that I feel I've gotten a Spa experience as it's truly refreshing and cleansing.
Nick was pampered to a facial that left him..well, to be honest, I can't write the exact adjectives he used to describe his facial experience...let's just say he was ready to leave his partner, David for the facialist, Maritza Martinez..LOL. The experience only continued as he was treated to a manicure and pedicure done by the amazing hands of Patty Hinojosa.
They are too kind to me as they also surprised me with a pedicure!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Emcee for "Ovations for the Cure" of Ovarian Cancer. Boston, 07

One of the most amazing things I've ever done is Emcee this Stuart Weitzman fashion show in Boston, thanks to the invitation of one of the sweetest women I've ever met, Debbie Soprano. God continues to put "angels" in my path who then put me in front of other angels. Such was the case here. It was a chance meeting with the AMAZING Leeza Gibbons that led to my being introduced to Ms. Chery Kennick (the City of Hope-Los Angeles) by a mutual friend, Mr. Miguel Gutierrez. See how that works?lol. Anyhow, I was asked to Emcee a fashion show featuring the stylish and elegant designs of Stuart Weitzman. As if that wasn't enough, I got to Co-Emcee the fashion show with Mrs. Weitzman who is so elegant and has a great sense of humour. One of the highlights of the fashion show for me was when a pair of shoes covered in metal studs came out and she leaned over doing something that is practically impossible to do to me, make me nervous! when she asked me, "so you like studs?" I was so not expecting that to come from her! I absolutely loved her and hope that I get the chance to Emcee another Fundraising fashion show/event for this wonderful organization (Ovations for the Cure) started by a true angel, Mrs. Patricia Franchi-Flaherty whom we lost to Ovarian cancer shortly after this event.

Co Hosting Longhorn Live! Sports Talk Radio Show January 7,2010

It would be fitting that my first post of 2010 is about my dear friend's show, Longhorn Live! Longhorn Gene took the road to Pasadena to be where the action was, he asked me to do what was practically IMPOSSIBLE, take his place! I did my best, not without the help of my best back up, my son who is a Sports commentator if there ever was one. He's amazing! I was so happy to have him by my side, helping me sound good:)
Take a listen: