empowerHER Partners with Seaport Hotel to Host 6th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Retreat
Three-day event welcomes nearly 100 girls grieving the early loss of their mothers
Norwell, MA – March 6, 2019 - empowerHER, a nonprofit organization serving young girls who have experienced the early loss of their mothers, today announced it will host the 6th annual Mother’s Day Weekend Retreat in partnership with the award-winning Seaport Hotel in Boston. The three-day event themed “Travel & Adventure Awaits” will welcome nearly 100 girls of all ages from across New England to pay tribute to their moms whom they lost all too soon, at no charge to the family. This one-of-a-kind retreat is a hallmark of empowerHER’s unique programming and the most sought-after event throughout the year. With the support of fifteen dedicated chaperones and dozens of volunteers, the annual retreat is made possible by the generosity of the Seaport Hotel, Boston’s premier waterfront hotel, and countless empowerHER donors, offering these young girls an experience of a lifetime. To learn more about empowerHER, please visit HERE.
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“The Mother’s Day retreat is an unforgettable weekend that absolutely radiates with positivity,” said Lena Welch, age 19, a brave, beautiful girl from empowerHER. “Every year I leave reminded of how strong I am, and grateful to have been exposed to so many new role models and friendships I wouldn’t trade for the world. The retreat offers something for all age groups and interests and I’d highly encourage everyone to attend who has the opportunity.”
For most young girls like empowerHER founder Cara Belvin, their mother is the most influential figure in her life and the loss of this maternal compass leaves daughters feeling isolated and “different” from their peers. The Mother’s Day Retreat was designed to help these young girls pay tribute to their mothers, find peer support and mentorship from those that can relate to this loss and simply remind them that there is still so much joy to be found in life. From yoga classes and make-up tutorials to dance parties and storytelling, the agenda is uniquely designed with a young girl in mind. A highlight of the weekend includes the final Soul Circle on Mother’s Day morning to encourage healing and connection, and most importantly to remind the girls they are not alone in their grief. This powerful shared experience bonds the young girls, volunteers and chaperones as they close out the retreat and honor their mothers on a particularly difficult day.
For the second year in a row, the Seaport Hotel has served as a generous partner. From ample meeting space to a coveted dance floor and unlimited access to facilities, the hotel overlooking Boston harbor provides an exquisite backdrop for the weekend. The girls enjoy a five-course meal in a luxurious dining room and the hotel staff goes above and beyond to ensure the meeting space, guest rooms and dining experiences help bring some comfort and joy as the girls come together to celebrate their mothers and connect with the empowerHER community.
“We are grateful to support empowerHER in their mission to serve this deserving community of young girls,” said Leah Malin, Director of Catering, Seaport Hotel. “It is an honor to host the Mother’s Day Retreat weekend for the second year in a row and play a small part in helping remind these young girls of their strength, despite a devastating loss. We look forward to continuing our work with empowerHER as we strive to serve as a valued partner to leading non-profits throughout the region.”
To learn more the empowerHER Mother’s Day Retreat, please visit HERE.
Headquartered in Norwell, MA, empowerHER was formed in 2013 by Cara Belvin with a very specific mission—to empower, support and connect girls who have experienced the early loss of their mothers. empowerHER currently serves 175 girls up to age 24 by providing group events and retreats designed to build a supportive community in tandem with an intensive 1:1 mentoring program with caring community volunteers, many of whom have themselves experienced this profound loss. All programs and activities are provided at no charge to the family. empowerHER is the only program of its kind in the country and while empowerHER’s mission is simple, its impact is profound.