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    Wine Gala

    Here is one of the 2 dozen or so pictures from Dina's Wine Gala.........they are available on Maxies's House.

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    Maybe neither here nor there, but Dina's face looks really different (eyes?) - PS I think and the lips are different. Maybe sometimes the treatment wears off with injections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by time View Post
    Maybe neither here nor there, but Dina's face looks really different (eyes?) - PS I think and the lips are different. Maybe sometimes the treatment wears off with injections.
    Since I have never had "injections", I don't know. Her face, and hands appear to be really puffy and bloated looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inparadise View Post
    Since I have never had "injections", I don't know. Her face, and hands appear to be really puffy and bloated looking.
    Her whole face is puffy, reminiscent of cosmetic injections -- most likely trying to get rid of her aging wrinkles and her crow's feet.

    I agree with Time. Her eyes look drastically different, even with the heavy black eyeliner.

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    She certainly does look strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coastal View Post
    She certainly does look strong.
    IMO, she is built like an NFL linebacker..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inparadise View Post
    IMO, she is built like an NFL linebacker..............
    Perhaps that's why Rebecca is called anorexic on the other site. The difference in body weight and size is ginormous. ( just for the record, RZ was fit and toned and beautiful)

    I try not to be snarky but it's a little hard to resist this morning. This will probably get deleted.....ok. I'll keep myself in check after this. Promise.

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    I wonder why the nonprofit's website does not have a summary of the success of the gala? I've attended 2 benefit galas in the past 4 weeks for charities/ nonprofits. Both of them very quickly (within 48 hours) had a summary of the success of the event posted on their website, stating the number in attendance, and celebrating/ thanking patrons for the amount of money raised for the charity (with the amount specifically stated). This event for MH was promoted as a $250/ person gala. From the pics, at least several dozen were in attendance. Was there also a silent auction or such? Why is it such a "secret" what the fundraising is accomplishing, and what that is specifically going toward? That is Nonprofit 101. (Someone didn't go to that class, lol!)

    So far, in the past 6 months, I count at least 3 major fundraisers for this nonprofit. The Halloween party (or was that some kind of project fulfulling their mission?), the Cuts for Kids, and the Wine Gala. Not one of them has a summary thanking the patrons and celebrating the success, besides posting a few pics of the party/ event.But in fairness, they did thank the caterer and bounce house for the Halloween party. Meh. It's like they don't have the first idea about how to run a NP, or how to politic and thank patrons, the lifeblood of their organzation. Silly. Do any of the BOD have any actual experience, beyond being in Dina Shacknai's group of socialites?

    Perhaps MH only shares that pertinent information with people who have contributed, like in a private communication or newsletter? If so, that would be a huge mistake in the world of nonprofit fundraising, lol! Wow.

    There have been many grandiose vision comments made publicly by Dina Shacknai about the purpose of her NP, most recently on her KTAR interview. Hundreds, thousands, millilons impacted, or some such comments. What exactly has this NP done to impact a single child? Other than some nebulous comments about "raising awareness", a few links on their website, and grandiose and unrealistic plans to try to persuade some AZ lawmakers to sponsor a really ill-conceived bill?

    I don't see a single shred of evidence on their website that this BOD or Dina Shacknai has the ability, experience, or knowledge to influence actual legislators to achieve a single thing. Where is their lobbyist? Where are the focus groups and exploratory committees? Where is the public support of other significant organizations? What AZ legislator is going to go to stick his or her neck out to sponsor this really ill-conceived idea for a law? Let alone BIPARTISAN support and sponsors. It simply will never happen.

    None of these people, IMO, have the first idea about how to go about influencing REAL legislators to write and sponsor REAL bills, that have a REAL chance of being heard in committee, and a REAL chance of passing both houses of the legislature. (That is, if AZ is bicameral-- which I haven't checked.)

    Bottom line-- the idea that AZ would enact some kind of law about background checks for ex-spouses' friends and lovers is quite simply, absurd. No legislator who wants to be re-elected, or who wants to have their OTHER bills received positively, would EVER touch this ridiculous proposal with a 10 foot pole. Dina is even more delusional than I thought if she thinks this is a viable proposal, lol! She needs to go to her state capitol and spend an entire session (or 2) sitting in the gallery of every committee meeting trying to figure out how to get her idea even heard by some lowly intern for a real legislator, lol!

    But then again, maybe that isn't really the REAL goal of the NP. Maybe there is another agenda, or 2, being advanced under the guise of a NP? Maybe the goal is simply fundraising for the paid member/s of the NP? I've certainly seen that before. Maybe the goal is simply a mechanism to obscure the truth of Max's accident, and give Dina Shacknai a platform to advance her delusional "ideas" about how her son died. And a whole bunch of enablers (who enjoy a good party sponsored by someone else) in those who "support" her goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Z View Post
    I wonder why the nonprofit's website does not have a summary of the success of the gala? I've attended 2 benefit galas in the past 4 weeks for charities/ nonprofits. Both of them very quickly (within 48 hours) had a summary of the success of the event posted on their website, stating the number in attendance, and celebrating/ thanking patrons for the amount of money raised for the charity (with the amount specifically stated). This event for MH was promoted as a $250/ person gala. From the pics, at least several dozen were in attendance. Was there also a silent auction or such? Why is it such a "secret" what the fundraising is accomplishing, and what that is specifically going toward? That is Nonprofit 101. (Someone didn't go to that class, lol!)

    So far, in the past 6 months, I count at least 3 major fundraisers for this nonprofit. The Halloween party (or was that some kind of project fulfulling their mission?), the Cuts for Kids, and the Wine Gala. Not one of them has a summary thanking the patrons and celebrating the success, besides posting a few pics of the party/ event.But in fairness, they did thank the caterer and bounce house for the Halloween party. Meh. It's like they don't have the first idea about how to run a NP, or how to politic and thank patrons, the lifeblood of their organzation. Silly. Do any of the BOD have any actual experience, beyond being in Dina Shacknai's group of socialites?

    Perhaps MH only shares that pertinent information with people who have contributed, like in a private communication or newsletter? If so, that would be a huge mistake in the world of nonprofit fundraising, lol! Wow.

    There have been many grandiose vision comments made publicly by Dina Shacknai about the purpose of her NP, most recently on her KTAR interview. Hundreds, thousands, millilons impacted, or some such comments. What exactly has this NP done to impact a single child? Other than some nebulous comments about "raising awareness", a few links on their website, and grandiose and unrealistic plans to try to persuade some AZ lawmakers to sponsor a really ill-conceived bill?

    I don't see a single shred of evidence on their website that this BOD or Dina Shacknai has the ability, experience, or knowledge to influence actual legislators to achieve a single thing. Where is their lobbyist? Where are the focus groups and exploratory committees? Where is the public support of other significant organizations? What AZ legislator is going to go to stick his or her neck out to sponsor this really ill-conceived idea for a law? Let alone BIPARTISAN support and sponsors. It simply will never happen.

    None of these people, IMO, have the first idea about how to go about influencing REAL legislators to write and sponsor REAL bills, that have a REAL chance of being heard in committee, and a REAL chance of passing both houses of the legislature. (That is, if AZ is bicameral-- which I haven't checked.)

    Bottom line-- the idea that AZ would enact some kind of law about background checks for ex-spouses' friends and lovers is quite simply, absurd. No legislator who wants to be re-elected, or who wants to have their OTHER bills received positively, would EVER touch this ridiculous proposal with a 10 foot pole. Dina is even more delusional than I thought if she thinks this is a viable proposal, lol! She needs to go to her state capitol and spend an entire session (or 2) sitting in the gallery of every committee meeting trying to figure out how to get her idea even heard by some lowly intern for a real legislator, lol!

    But then again, maybe that isn't really the REAL goal of the NP. Maybe there is another agenda, or 2, being advanced under the guise of a NP? Maybe the goal is simply fundraising for the paid member/s of the NP? I've certainly seen that before. Maybe the goal is simply a mechanism to obscure the truth of Max's accident, and give Dina Shacknai a platform to advance her delusional "ideas" about how her son died. And a whole bunch of enablers (who enjoy a good party sponsored by someone else) in those who "support" her goals.
    FYI, the cost to attend the wine tasting was $350..........IMO, way too expensive.

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    I think it would be interesting to take a look at Max In Motion. Not necessarily to compare, but differentiate between the two.


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    [QUOTE=*Lash*;8988796]I think it would be interesting to take a look at Max In Motion. Not necessarily to compare, but differentiate between the two.[/QUOTE

    From what I have seen, Max In Motion doesn't do the "parties" to raise money. It is purely donations and people investing their time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Z View Post
    I wonder why the nonprofit's website does not have a summary of the success of the gala? I've attended 2 benefit galas in the past 4 weeks for charities/ nonprofits. Both of them very quickly (within 48 hours) had a summary of the success of the event posted on their website, stating the number in attendance, and celebrating/ thanking patrons for the amount of money raised for the charity (with the amount specifically stated). This event for MH was promoted as a $250/ person gala. From the pics, at least several dozen were in attendance. Was there also a silent auction or such? Why is it such a "secret" what the fundraising is accomplishing, and what that is specifically going toward? That is Nonprofit 101. (Someone didn't go to that class, lol!)

    So far, in the past 6 months, I count at least 3 major fundraisers for this nonprofit. The Halloween party (or was that some kind of project fulfulling their mission?), the Cuts for Kids, and the Wine Gala. Not one of them has a summary thanking the patrons and celebrating the success, besides posting a few pics of the party/ event.But in fairness, they did thank the caterer and bounce house for the Halloween party. Meh. It's like they don't have the first idea about how to run a NP, or how to politic and thank patrons, the lifeblood of their organzation. Silly. Do any of the BOD have any actual experience, beyond being in Dina Shacknai's group of socialites?

    Perhaps MH only shares that pertinent information with people who have contributed, like in a private communication or newsletter? If so, that would be a huge mistake in the world of nonprofit fundraising, lol! Wow.

    There have been many grandiose vision comments made publicly by Dina Shacknai about the purpose of her NP, most recently on her KTAR interview. Hundreds, thousands, millilons impacted, or some such comments. What exactly has this NP done to impact a single child? Other than some nebulous comments about "raising awareness", a few links on their website, and grandiose and unrealistic plans to try to persuade some AZ lawmakers to sponsor a really ill-conceived bill?

    I don't see a single shred of evidence on their website that this BOD or Dina Shacknai has the ability, experience, or knowledge to influence actual legislators to achieve a single thing. Where is their lobbyist? Where are the focus groups and exploratory committees? Where is the public support of other significant organizations? What AZ legislator is going to go to stick his or her neck out to sponsor this really ill-conceived idea for a law? Let alone BIPARTISAN support and sponsors. It simply will never happen.

    None of these people, IMO, have the first idea about how to go about influencing REAL legislators to write and sponsor REAL bills, that have a REAL chance of being heard in committee, and a REAL chance of passing both houses of the legislature. (That is, if AZ is bicameral-- which I haven't checked.)

    Bottom line-- the idea that AZ would enact some kind of law about background checks for ex-spouses' friends and lovers is quite simply, absurd. No legislator who wants to be re-elected, or who wants to have their OTHER bills received positively, would EVER touch this ridiculous proposal with a 10 foot pole. Dina is even more delusional than I thought if she thinks this is a viable proposal, lol! She needs to go to her state capitol and spend an entire session (or 2) sitting in the gallery of every committee meeting trying to figure out how to get her idea even heard by some lowly intern for a real legislator, lol!

    But then again, maybe that isn't really the REAL goal of the NP. Maybe there is another agenda, or 2, being advanced under the guise of a NP? Maybe the goal is simply fundraising for the paid member/s of the NP? I've certainly seen that before. Maybe the goal is simply a mechanism to obscure the truth of Max's accident, and give Dina Shacknai a platform to advance her delusional "ideas" about how her son died. And a whole bunch of enablers (who enjoy a good party sponsored by someone else) in those who "support" her goals.
    Great post, K_Z! I appreciate your knowing something about how (real) non-profits do their thing; I've only ever written checks (and not many of those). It does seem that Maxie's House is more about Dina than it is about children of any stripe. I can understand how someone might find themselves compelled to create something new and useful out of the grief and tatters the death of a loved one leaves behind, but those are not good bones for building what will last. I doubt Dina has many people in her life who would know what might.

    I am willing to see Maxie's House as Dina's misguided attempt to make death make sense. However, as a prospective patron, I'd use a different yardstick than my sympathy for her loss in judging the value of such an organization. Bizarre interviews, unfounded accusations aimed at children and the dead (who cannot defend themselves against her), magic-inked statistics and grand but murky goals do not inspire my confidence or encourage my financial support. And, the typos on her website are, IMHO, unforgivable.
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    [quote=Inparadise;8990986]
    Quote Originally Posted by *Lash* View Post
    I think it would be interesting to take a look at Max In Motion. Not necessarily to compare, but differentiate between the two.[/QUOTE

    From what I have seen, Max In Motion doesn't do the "parties" to raise money. It is purely donations and people investing their time.

    The thing is, if you are taking money, then you need to accomplish something. What is Maxies House accomplishing? It looks like Max In Motion started out helping, at least the goal is clear and they now have three major sports teams signed on to help. Dina isn't going to get anywhere with having bouncy house sponsors (gone now anyway) that don't fit into some long term goal nor make any sense except for one event and get togethers that really don't accomplish anything.

    I've worked in nonprofits, but they got their money from writing grants. I guess it's not as glamorous as thinking you can have parties and land big donations (something I don't think is happening anyway).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inparadise View Post


    The thing is, if you are taking money, then you need to accomplish something. What is Maxies House accomplishing? It looks like Max In Motion started out helping, at least the goal is clear and they now have three major sports teams signed on to help. Dina isn't going to get anywhere with having bouncy house sponsors (gone now anyway) that don't fit into some long term goal nor make any sense except for one event and get togethers that really don't accomplish anything.

    I've worked in nonprofits, but they got their money from writing grants. I guess it's not as glamorous as thinking you can have parties and land big donations (something I don't think is happening anyway).
    IMO, Dina is using Maxie's House to fund her parties and her drinking..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by time View Post
    The thing is, if you are taking money, then you need to accomplish something. What is Maxies House accomplishing? It looks like Max In Motion started out helping, at least the goal is clear and they now have three major sports teams signed on to help. Dina isn't going to get anywhere with having bouncy house sponsors (gone now anyway) that don't fit into some long term goal nor make any sense except for one event and get togethers that really don't accomplish anything.

    I've worked in nonprofits, but they got their money from writing grants. I guess it's not as glamorous as thinking you can have parties and land big donations (something I don't think is happening anyway).
    BBM. As you likely know, the process of writing grants (even very modest grants) is excruciatingly detailed, and requires very thorough outlines and plans for (usually) a specific activity. Grant writing is a highly specialized area of expertise, and many NP's typically have one or more individuals solely devoted to grant writing. You typically can't submit grant apps for general operating expenses or salaries. And "after action" reports are always required-- sometimes intermediate reports are required for grants awarded that are in progress. In these lean economic times, grants are also usually competitive-- meaning, more than one organization is competing for limited financial backing.

    Contrast that to nonspecific "fundraisers" where the funds are not targeted-- and they can be used for whatever purpose the organization wants.....like general operating expenses, or funding the next fundraiser....or for compensation for paid members of the organization.... etc.

    Remember that this is a very small organization, with just a handful of involved board members. My suspicions are that there is probably not more than one paid member, if any, and the BODs are all volunteer.

    One of the things I see about MH is it is trying to be a lone wolf, grandiose, do "everything" organization, by Dina's descriptions. It lacks the focus necessary, imo, for sustainability in the early years of existence. MH does not have a "product" to sell; it is constructed as a general advocacy group, and has a very limited "educational" focus. (Limited to a few links on their website; that approach is not at a very high professional level.)

    The "lone wolf" thing is very odd to me, because there is a realistic need for small organizations to "band together" with larger, well-established and validated organizations to accomplish such lofty goals as persuading and achieving novel legislation. No one schedules a meeting with a legislator, and the legislator then agrees to sponsor legislation, and voila! A new law is born. It just does not work that way. It is a long and tedious slog to get ANY new language into state statutes-- and it was meant to be that way historically. Difficult and long, and requiring consensus across parties and ideologies. Designed this way so that knee-jerk legislation isn't muscled thru, and no one person has too much authority to make changes.

    Getting a new law on the books in any state is very, very difficult, and time consuming. And expensive. Just getting existing statutory language changed can take a very long time-- multiple legislative sessions.

    Instead of hosting cocktail parties for socialites, it would be interesting to see MH engage in something like hosting an interdisciplinary educational conference for professionals. That is one way to begin to network and build alliances with other like-minded organizations. But at this point in time, I don't think their organization is up to a challenge of that magnitude. And Dina's increasingly unbalanced and erratic behavior (IMO) is a real detriment to achieving any interdisciplinary professional validation for their goals. To say nothing of her notoriety alone, and that a substantial number of people think she knows a whole lot more than she has divulged about Rebecca Zahau's death. I just don't think they are going to be attracting boatloads of new donors.

    Coastal upthread said it best-- sympathy for the loss of the founder's child is a separate issue from evaluating the purpose and function of an effective and focused NP. They are in their first year of existence, so they get a bit of slack from me, but I just don't see evidence that the organization is moving in the right direction for clarity of purpose and sustainability. I'll be very surprised if it is still in existence 3 to 5 years from now.
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