Saturday, July 5, 2008

What's the Plural of Christmas?

Did we mention that we are having a Christmas in July Tea?
Of course we did!
If you do not remember all the details you can Click Here.

Well, come to find out, we are not the only
Christmas in July in town.
Although we are the only ones serving cucumber sandwiches!

We were doing our best to just ignore all the others.
Yeah, several of them are for good causes but
we need to just focus on our own events.


As y'all know we are very very fond of the folks at Chester's Harley Davidson. They are sponsoring the Hole-In-One contest for our Golf Tournament on September 27th. They are also just plain nice people. So when we read about their Christmas in July event we were relieved that it wasn't scheduled at the same time as ours. We were also impressed with what they are doing.

The Child Crisis Center is a very worthwhile cause.
I've never been to the Dos Gringo's on Greenfield
but the one on Alma School is pretty fantastic.
Chorizo Fundido.
Stuffed Poblanos.
Street Tacos.

So if you just can't get your fill of Christmi in July,
why not bring a toy or a donation down to the Chester's event.
I'll bet they will welcome you with open arms
even if you're not on a motorcycle -
as I said they are nice folks!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday America! Declaration Of Independence


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ladies Only Garage Party

Okay - So you read all about our
golf tournament
and think it sounds like fun.
And you are a scratch golfer who has a
better than average chance
of hitting a hole-in-one.
Or maybe you're just feeling lucky, punk.
Either way you are primed to win the
Harley Davidson Motorcycle being offered by
Chester's Harley Davidson of Mesa.

One small problem; you don't ride.
Do you really think the Team H.O.P.E. ladies
will let that stop you?
Actually we personally cannot help you,
but we know who can.

Chester's Harley Davidson
is having an event y'all might be interested in.

What fun!
We had an opportunity to meet some of the ladies from
Chester's Harley Davidson
and you could not ask for a mor
e supportive and caring bunch.
and then sign up for our golf tournament!

or call 480-220-2808

or call 480-899-4221

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Meet Big Foot

Boy howdy, I bet Big Foot would have no problem walking 60 miles in 3 days!

If there is a
Sasquatch, there would have to be both a male and a female - right? So even though folks always speak about bigfoot using the male pronoun of he I know there must be a she as well.

Therefore we would like to formally extend an invitation to Ms. Foot to join the Ladies of Team H.O.P.E.

Why? Well we're still trying to figure out how to top the big pink ribbon fire truck.

Also, because although nobody on our team would be dumb enough to wear high heels on the walk; there is still the possibility of twisted ankles or being trampled by the more competitive. And here is proof that bigfoot will pick up and carry a wounded woman to safety!

At least I think that's what is happening here.

Why the sudden interest in Big Foot? I thought you would never ask!

I may have mentioned our upcoming Christmas in July Tea. One of the many great prizes we have (in addition to the shopping and the snacking and the massaging and the make overing) is a ski package for Snowbowl Arizona. I personally do not ski (I do not like being either cold or wet!) but people who do ski say they would love to win a ski package. Takes all kinds I guess.

Anyway - according to the
Big Foot Research People, Sasquatch has been heard howling in the general Snowbowl area. She/he has not been actually sighted but I guess the people who study on these things say the howling could not have been anything else.

Now I know some of y'all are wondering why/how bigfoot is in Arizona when she/he is most famously spotted in the Pacific Northwest. I'm guessing the gray damp weather, the infusion of Californians, and the liberal politics were all just too much to bear.

Ooops! We promised absolutely no politics here at Team H.O.P.E.
Sorry about that. I'm not saying anything against liberal policies - just saying that I have it on good authority that Sasquatch leans to the right a little bit. But Nessie and the Little Green Men all lean to the left so it averages out and everyone is happy!

In conclusion, please come to our Christmas in July Tea (Saturday July 26th 2-5 PM) and you may just win a ski package and get to meet Big Foot.

Monday, June 30, 2008


We promised more details about our golf tournament. I guess the most important detail is that it will be Saturday, September 27th - which means it will most likely not be 106 degrees in the shade.

No, no, no, no - the most important detail is that the amazing people at Chester's Harley Davidson in Mesa are sponsoring the Hole-In-One. That's right, you could win a brand new Harley!

But first you have to sign up and come golf with us.

Registration is Due by September 6th, or until all slots are filled - whichever comes first.

Cost is $90.00 per individual golfer. We are still accepting hole sponsorships, which if you have a business is a much better bargain!

Sponsorship Cost Benefits

Tee Sponsorship $250.00 sign on hole, and banquet mention

Par Sponsorship $500.00 sign on hole, banquet mention + 1 foursome

Hole sponsorship $750.00 sign on hole, banquet mention + 2 foursomes

To sponsor a hole please email

or call 480-220-2808.

To register as an individual or as a foursome please email

or call 480-899-4221.

Tournament details:

6:00 registration: 7:30 Shotgun start

$90.00 per person

Four Person Scramble

Superstition Springs Golf Club

6542E. Baseline Road

Mesa, AZ 85206

Wild West BBQ Luncheon

Silent Auction



Prizes for:

1st place team

14th place team

27th place team

Last place team

Longest Drive Men

Longest Drive Women

Closest to Pin Men

Closest to Pin Women

Hole-In-One: Sponsored by

Chester’s Harley Davidson

How can you refuse? Golf, lunch, prizes, a chance to meet and greet the Team H.O.P.E. ladies and the Simply the Breast ladies.

And did I mention a chance to win a brand new Harley Davidson Motorcycle?

See ya there!