Mary Stanley is no stranger to the spotlight. From showcasing fashion to reflecting active lifestyles, she has been in front of the camera for four decades projecting images that inspired others.

But recently the Miami, Fla, native took on a unique campaign that didn’t involve the camera, the latest trends in fashion or a brand. In May, Stanley donned the “Bella Diamante” diamond necklace, a beautiful work of art appraised at $21,500. She is one of 12 women participating in the Diamond Endowment project for Lake Cares Food Pantry.

“It’s hard to put this experience into words,” says Stanley, who has called Mount Dora home for eight years. “As the second woman to wear the necklace that is raising awareness and funds for Lake Cares, there was a bit of social media buzz already in place.”

With the summer upon us, sometimes cooking over a hot stove is the last thing we want to do, yet you and your family still need to eat! Deciding what to eat is not always a simple task, who wants burgers, who wants chicken, oh heck, let's just go out and grab something. Well no more! This super simple, super yummy, Mac n Cheese done in the crockpot will have your family wanting leftovers. It's certainly filling enough to eat by itself, or just dice up a cool salad and maybe some fresh fruit and you'll have a nutritious and delicious meal. 

Leslie Campione 1st women of Diamond Endowment

Service to others is a constant thread in Leslie Campione’s life. From a young age, she understood the need to lift others. As a young adult she pursued a law degree and as an attorney, she has helped countless clients navigate their way through problems and guide them to meaningful solutions. As a Lake County Commissioner, her lens widened to include a very diverse economic area.

“I can't remember a time when I didn't believe in the importance of service to others,” says Campione, one of 12 women participating in the Diamond Endowment project for Lake Cares Food Pantry. “But I don't think I'm very different from most people in our community.

Diamonds for Lake County in Need

Diamonds are Forever, but Diamonds are expensive!
That reality led 13 California women to go in together on a $37,000 necklace and take monthly turns possessing it. The 2008 bestseller, The Necklace: Thirteen Women and The Experiment That Transformed Their Lives, chronicles how their uber jewelry-sharing journey changed their lives.

Lake Cares Food Pantry hopes to change the lives of its ever-expanding roster of clients by borrowing a page from The Necklace with the raffle of a unique, custom necklace to raise money for expanding its cramped Mount Dora headquarters. 

Victory Garden Project in Lake County Florida

Back in the day, people harvested victory gardens to supplement their food needs and those of their neighbors. It was in deed a time where the community came together for the greater good. We are so proud to announce the groundbreaking ceremony of the Victory Garden at Faith Christian Fellowship on March 23rd was well attended and everyone celebrated this momentous occasion. 

Panty to Plate recipe - butternut squash-tumeric-bisque

Resolve to try something new this year, try butternut squash.
Have you ever seen this long odd shaped gourd and wondered what it is and what it actually tastes like? Well the sweet and nutty flavor paired with all of its health benefits are just what the doctor ordered to help you start the year off right. Instead of chicken soup I love adding some pepper and turmeric and this soup instantly becomes a "souper" soup. Butternut squash is also very affordable and it usually only takes one to create enough to feed the entire family and once made this soup freezes really well. Pick up one today and try this awesome soup.