Richard Moody

Face Time: Canine couture

»Posted by on Jan 8, 2012 in Richard Moody | 1 comment

During a fashion show at the Fetching Ball, one of the models hopped off the stage and another lost his goggles. Their runway careers might be over, but these dogs are training for much more important callings — as assistance dogs.

The event at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center benefited Can Do Canines, a nonprofit Twin Cities area agency that provides fully trained pooches free of charge to adults and children with disabilities. The patience and skills the dogs are learning actually made it possible for them to wear the elaborate costumes.

“They are more tolerant of the outfits,” said Alan Peters, executive director. “Most would be pawing immediately.”

Peters started the organization in 1987 as, well, a pet project. Things really took off, and it now trains five kinds of assistance dogs: hearing, seizure, autism, mobility and diabetes.

While Can Do Canines uses a lot of retrievers, it trains dogs of all breeds, ranging from 7 to 95 pounds.

“The dogs have to have the right personality, skills and temperament to fit the bill,” Peters said.

The future assistance dogs live with trainers for up to two years before graduating in a ceremony that includes mortarboard hats, of course.

At the fetching ball, many well behaved assistance dogs attended.Melissa Stam of New Hope brought her mobility assist dog, Kramer.

“He helps me retrieve my phone, my keys, anything I drop on the floor,” she said. “We make a good team.”

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Walks of Life

»Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Richard Moody | 0 comments

Walks of Life

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Fashion Group Photos

»Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Richard Moody | 0 comments

Be sure to tag those you know on facebook

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Mitchell Supports Quorum Coming Out Luncheon

»Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Richard Moody | 1 comment

On Friday, October 7, 2011, Mitchell faculty, staff and students attended the 18th Annual National Coming Out Luncheon at the Minneapolis Hilton. This year’s program theme was Be Inspired, Be Challenged, Be Out, and featured speeches by Mark Gherity, Executive Director of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MN); Katie Burgess,  Executive Director of the Trans Youth Support Network; and Richard Moody, Fashion Authority, Philanthropist, Event Planner, Author, Motivational Speaker and Community Servant. Burgess, who once struggled with homelessness and drugs, challenged the audience to speak out against oppression and fight for those who are marginalized because of their identity.

In his speech, Moody told the audience to Embrace, Educate and Empower. He challenged attendees to embrace who they are and to walk away from those who  do not support them. Moody also encouraged attendees to educate others by sharing themselves, talking to people, and helping others see that “We are perfectly ordinary.” Moody’s final point was about empowerment. He told the banquet room full of LGBT people and allies that we need to “use our voices to change people’s perceptions.”  Moody, who is a black gay man, closed his speech by challenging the audience to get involved and to let people know that we all have multiple identities. He said, “I am global. I am Minnesota. I am Moody. I am black. I am gay. …”

Below are pictures from the luncheon, attended by Professors Tony Winer, Eileen Scallen, and Denise Roy; Dan Thompson, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students; Lawrencina Mason Oramalu, Assistant Dean and Director of Multicultural Affairs and Mitchell students Brandon Gil, Out!law LGBTQ Community Liaison, Jessica Englund, Out!law Co-Chair, and Jen Renner. Several alumni also attended the luncheon and were pleased to see Mitchell listed as a luncheon sponsor and represented in the Exhibit Hall. Alumni pictured in the slide show include: Kristien Butler ’09, Kathy Davis ’03 and Rebecca Heltzer ’89.

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All About Bob on Lady Skywriter

»Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Richard Moody | 0 comments

Lady Skywriter wrote up a great blog, have a look see

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Such a Creative Idea

»Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Richard Moody | 0 comments

Here is a lovely note from the incomparable Sarah Ramsey:

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to give KATHY AND RICHARD A HUGE CONGRATS on such an amazing job on the Style Off!!! You both put such an incredible amount of work into the event, and I’m so grateful that it was such a success!

The event was such a creative idea, and is definitely something that will get a lot of excitement and traction as they continue!!

It was such an honor to be a part of the event, and I hope that FGI can continue to be a sponsor and show support!

Richard – you did such an amazing job as the host – you never cease to amaze me with your talent, wit, and creativity :)

Cheers and congrats to all of you!!!! :)  
Sarah :)
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