Mom Get Glamorous: A Miracle for Ava Fundraiser

UPDATE: It is with a heavy heart to tell you that Ava Gioe, only 5 years old, passed away on July 20, 2012.  The below auction is closed. We raised $400 for her medical care at the time of this auction. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Every May, we hold our annual Mom: Get Glamorous contest in search of a deserving mother to gift a prize package of beauty products. This year, I decided to do things a little differently. There is a little girl that I know named Ava who has an inoperable brain tumor. Her parents, that I know through my church and lifegroup, are going to the ends of the earth to get whatever treatment they can for Ava to find a cure. As I type this, Ava is in Maryland getting ready to undergo an experimental brain surgery on Wednesday. Ava is only 5 years old…coincidentally, my son Brody turns 5 today. I cannot even imagine going through what Mike and Gianni have gone through with Ava since the time of her stroke at age 3.

Which is why I have decided to hold an auction to help raise money for this family. As you can imagine, all of the travel (and expenses that come with that), the time out of work, medical expenses that are not covered, all add up.  I can’t imagine trying to fight for my child’s life all the while wondering how I will make the mortgage payment or how I will pay for gas to get her to her next appointment hours and hours away. 

Items I am auctioning are un-used makeup from Limited Edition MAC Cosmetics makeup collections. These were sent to me as press samples, however, they are full sized and un-used (additionally MAC has nothing to do with this auction, it is not endorsed by them.)

If there is nothing you want to bid on, you can also donate directly to Ava by going to her website: or if you are local here in Northeast PA, PennStar bank has an account set up for donations as well listed as Friends and Family of Ava Gioe. She also has a fan page: A Miracle for Ava

I’d love to be able to raise at least $1000 between the auction and direct donations. Can you help me spread the word?


MAC Cosmetics To The Beach
MAC Cosmetics alice + olivia and In the Groove
MAC Cosmetics All Ages, All Races, All Sexes; Love Lace; Spring Colour Forecast 2 & 4
MAC Cosmetics Opulash and MAC in Lillyland
MAC Cosmetics Riveting

Thank you for helping me to raise very needed funds for this wonderful family!

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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

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