Memphis-born Mary Loveless and her younger sister Lucy live on opposite ends of the country — in LA’s City of Angels and in cosmopolitan New York, respectively. Yet this dynamic twosome are both southern ladies who exude charm and grace and are passionate about their social activism and their own chosen paths.
Mary, who has walked in the international Women’s March, and her “all-girrl” crew of artists, runs Glaze Fire, an awesome ceramics studio in the heart of Los Feliz’s Hillhurst village. It’s a welcoming, fun place where local families, hipster couples, and A-list celebrities with their kids, all converge to paint a plethora of pottery.
Lucy, who is office manager for a new Venture Capital fund, and her own “Team Carpe Diem” is on a mission to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
So, the two ladies are teaming up on Saturday, May 19 at Mary’s Glaze Fire location for an all-ticket, open-bar night of pottery, food and fun at a special FUNdraiser benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The food will be sponsored by local vendors, Lady and Larder, Lucifer’s Pizza, and Jeni’s Ice Cream, and there’ll be awesome silent auction/raffle items, including: an afternoon with a Grammy winning producer, a food tasting featuring celebrity chef Jaime Laurita, a GOOP basket from Gwyneth Paltrow with wellness and beauty items; and, a whole lot more.
Lucy has been nominated by the New York Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for their Woman of the Year honor. The Man and Woman of the Year is a 10-week program raising funds for research and the fight against blood cancers. Growing up in Memphis, Lucy witnessed the devastating effects of Leukemia and Lymphoma on children and families at St. Jude Research Hospital. When she was nominated to join the fight she “jumped in headfirst” and created Team Carpe Diem.
“Uncle Billy Webb was one of my Dad’s best friends. He was hilarious, fun, wild, sarcastic, witty, and also loving and loyal. But he knew the devastating effect of these illnesses only too well. He lost his son Vann to a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer. Billy himself battled cancers (twice), including the blood cancer multiple myeloma, and after those struggles and the pain of losing his son, Billy resolved to live every day to the fullest. His attitude towards life and faith grew stronger — and he developed a catchphrase that encompassed his life fully lived: ‘Carpe That F**king Diem!’ Billy knew that tomorrow is never promised, and he made the most of every day. His attitude was infectious — he was always smiling, loving, wearing costumes and making people laugh.
“Uncle Billy passed away last year, but his spirit lives on in everyone who knew him. Though we miss ‘crazy Uncle Billy’ greatly, we know there are things we can do to honor his memory: one, is to donate money to charities like LLS that are responsible for blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers; two, is to live every day to the fullest — let’s all Carpe That Diem!”
The Loveless ladies say that Uncle Billy has left a legacy behind — that someone who always faced life’s challenges with a smile, while usually wearing a funny hat, is a special gift that makes them want to work harder to raise as much money as possible so others don’t lose someone as wonderful as Billy Webb. Lucy adds:
“We’ve already held a ‘Cinco de May-ROW’ rowing workout event at CITYROW in NYC on May 5, that was lots of fun, and raised us over $1500! And, later, on Thursday June 7, we’re holding an event in NYC at the Viking Range Kitchen Showroom. As with our Glaze Fire Fundraiser, my hope with these events is to bring attention to the LLS organization, to have fun, and of course, to raise doinations that will help fund the therapies and treatments that save lives, not someday but today.”
The Man and Woman of the Year campaign is a 10-week program raising funds for research and the fight against blood cancers, culminating in a Grand Finale Gala where someone will be granted the prestigious honor of Woman of the Year. Lucy Loveless is in the “running” for the honor in the New York City area. As part of the campaign, Lucy recently attended a research lab tour at the NYU Langone Cancer Center, and she found it “inspiring to meet the researchers” and see them in action, working to come up with personalized plans for patients of Lymphoma in their hospital.
Lucy and Mary and their mother Mary Miles Loveless, send out a southern welcome, via LA and New York, to come to Glaze Fire on May 19 for a fun and worthwhile evening.
Follow Lucy Loveless and Glaze Fire on Instagram. Check out the “All Fired Up” Fundraiser on Facebook and here’s where to purchase tickets.