The morning of Sunday May 8th started off rainy and cold. This was the day we were to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Mother’s Day Walk and Festival in New York City across the Brooklyn Bridge. This was the day we had planned for months and invested hundreds of hours on, in meetings and and phone calls and social media. This was the day people from all over the country had bought plane tickets and traveled thousands of miles to attend. So it was going to happen No Matter What!

13236089_10209054531341826_1116458140_nThe great thing is that we had an extraordinary team in place: The Milagros Day Transformation Academy students and staff. We also had dedicated sponsors like Worthy Lifestyle Apparel and its I AM Worthy Anti-Bullying Campaign; Live-In Connection Real Estate With Purpose Magazine, Kia Plaza Auto Mall, Tummy Treats, Flowers by Reni, and Brooklyn Colony Restaurant and Entertainment Venue.

At 8AM we went LIVE on New York One News and declared it was going to be a great day! We set up our opening ceremonies staging in the Municipal Building’s  pavilion , and set up our vendor booths in Cadman Plaza, in the rain.

You see, this is what Milagros Day is built on; Turning Abuse Into Success, turning tragedy into treasures, turning mayhem into miracles, turning gloomy into sunshine! And the people showed up! They got pumped up with Zumba by Ruth Suarez-Wolinsky and the Star Spangled Banner by David Anthony.

They were inspired by the powerful speakers; our Madrina Karen Hoyos with her circle of presence and purpose, Ambassador Suzan Johnson- Cook with her moving invocation, Suzanne Hobbs with her beautiful Safe Haven daughter, Zelita Dunbar honoring our women veterans, Meryland Cuevas advocating for LGBT families, Gabriela Rosa being transparent about her time in prison and her reinvention with Catholic Charities.By then the sun was already peeking out; and besides the weather, our biggest blessing for the day was the generous large donation check for our Bootcamp, presented by the Global Sisterhood founder Dr. Shellie Hipsky and her Next Generation Global Sisterhood young leader, daughter Alyssa!

One of the most joyous moments we had was the Wolfpack Family, the Angulo Brothers being able to honor their mother Susanne Reisenbichler with the Resilience Award for her love and devotion to her children during their fourteen years in domestic captivity.

We began the glorious one-mile trek from Manhattan to Brooklyn with gorgeous clear blue skies and were received on the other side by the seventy member, all-female Brazilian drum troupe BATALA with their high energy hypnotizing rhythms.

On the Brooklyn side we also enjoyed Belly Dancers, face painting, vendors of all kinds, and great dance and latin music by DJ Duce Martinez of DWildRadio.com. We finished off the day with a Gratitude Circle where every person who stayed til the end had the opportunity of leaving us with a powerful word. “Peace, Family, Perseverance, Friendship, Joy, Resilience, Determination, Fun, Love, MIRACLES; were just a few of the words we were left with. These will get us through the year, and through all the magical events and initiatives we will embark on in Milagros Day Worldwide to fulfill our mission of Turning Abuse Into Success!

As each speaker was presented and shared their amazing stories, the clouds began to clear. We were so proud to welcome back one of our first Man of the Movement honorees TV Personality Carlos Anaya, and we were thrilled to present the Man of the Movement (MOM Award) to NAHN President Dan Suarez, and International Fashion Photographer Jose Pagan.