The KLS Diamonds and Denim Gala 2015 is on!


You Are Cordially Invited!

The spectacular Second Annual Karen’s Lyme Story (KLS) New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration is on!

THEME: Diamonds and Denim

DATE: December 31, 2014

TIME: 8 p.m.

PLACE: Avon Lea Farm — the exquisite National and Philadelphia Historic Register Landmark

ADDRESS: 1779 Pickering Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460

Why Diamonds and Denim?

The perfect blend of glitz, glam, chic and casual, with Diamonds and Denim, the choice is yours! Dress up or down or do a combination of both.

Women, wear your most ostentatious jewels and party dress or mix it with some form of denim. We encourage you to have fun and be creative.

Men, wear denim only or feel free to combine your best blazer with your favorite pair of jeans. Be bold and don them with a pair of rhinestone cuff links!

NO CORNERS HAVE BEEN CUT to provide you with an unforgettable night of celebration – all inside the massive, magnificent, Avon Lea Farm!

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We look forward to seeing you at Avon Lea Farm for the KLS “Diamonds and Denim” New Year’s Eve Gala 2015!

My Lyme Story: Month Nine

Dr. Jemsek and I at my 9 month appointment

All smiles with Dr. Jemsek at my 9th month appointment

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on my progress but I am excited to share some good news: my PICC line is out! Last Thursday, after completing my ninth month of IV antibiotic treatment I visited Dr. Jemsek. After examining me, he announced his confident diagnosis that the infection had been subdued enough to warrant the removal of the PICC line and the transition to oral antibiotics. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to hear those words!

The removal of the PICC line

The removal of the PICC line.

Even better, he told me the nurse could do it right there in the office. Initially I was terrified it would hurt but was relieved when the process turned out to be painless, although I could feel the line coming out. And the anticipation of washing my hair and taking a shower without a bulky cast protector was incredibly encouraging. Ah, life’s simple pleasures!

Best of all, a new phase of my journey would be unfolding.

Still, Dr. Jemsek was quick to remind me the oral antibiotics are required for another year to year-and-a-half because even though the infection has been severely weakened, it still needs treatment.
While I clearly see improvement, it is evident I am not yet out of the woods. I still experience some of my symptoms but not at the same intensity.
I wish I could tell you this journey is easy and quick, but unfortunately it is not. Anyone who endures can take heart that they’ve been blessed with incredible strength. Keep the faith and keep on fighting!

Summer Extravaganza 2014

Don’t Miss Summer Extravaganza 2014!

Saturday, August 16
2 pm til dark
Avon Lea Farm
Home of Robert Berry
1779 Pickering Rd
Phoenixville, Pa 19460


The entrance into the estate.


Come join us at Avon Lea Farm, the Oskar Stonorov House and Farm and national register historic landmark, for our next fundraiser, Summer Extravaganza 2014.

This exquisite estate was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s predecessor and internationally recognized architect, Oskar Stonorov. With over 100 acres of sprawling land, Avon Lea Farm offers lots of room for adults to relax and children to run around, along with a tennis court to keep the calories down and a salt-water pool to cool off in.

Salt water pool.

Salt water pool.

Guests will be able to enjoy many other activities, including volleyball competitions, croquet, bocce ball, wiffle ball, and horse shoes. Or take along your softball glove for a catch or possible softball game. Be part of the water balloon and ladder toss contests and pack your frisbee.The possibilities are endless.

The 100 acres includes a tennis court for all enthusiasts

The 100 acres includes a tennis court for all enthusiasts.


Enjoy live entertainment, the likes of James Taylor, Van Morrison, and Jimmy Buffet. And don’t forget about the raffles and silent auction items.

The food will be inspired by Franklin Miller, Chef de Cuisine of the iconic Old Guardhouse Inn in Gladwyne, PA.

The Old Guard House Inn

Executive Chef Miller is well-known for his Dover Sole, Dijon-crusted rack of lamb, jumbo lump crab cakes and seared filet at the historic Guardhouse Inn. Rest assured, Chef Miller is sure to be presenting some of his finest barbecue recipes and salads.

Miller will host a cooking Q&A at 4:30 pm so we can learn some of the secrets to preparing food that leaves the taste buds clamoring for more.

Dinner will then start to be served at 5:00 pm. Chairs and tables will be provided for dining. BYOB.

Chef Miller, who is famous for his bread-pudding with caramel sauce, will be one of the judges of the taste-tester dessert contest that will take place at 6 pm. So bring along your family favorite cakes, pies or cookies if you’d like to enter the baking competition.

Enjoy Chef Miller’s specially crafted concoctions at 6:15 pm as well as our contestants’ fine desserts.

A view of the lawn

For event-related questions, contact Leif Zetterberg at or 267-253-8692.

If you are willing to donate a silent auction, contact Joanne Zglinicki at or 610-937-0395.

For direction-related questions, contact Robert Berry on his mobile phone at 484-356-8680 or at his residence 610-933-3298.

The cost of the event is $30 in advance or $40 at the door or anytime Saturday. Children 13 and under are $10. To attend this event, please click on the donation button below and include the words Summer Extravaganza in the Purpose Menu.

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Thank you and looking forward to seeing you!!

Karen Franks and
The Steering Committee
Leif Zetterberg, Chairman
Joanne Zglinicki, Marketing and Community Relations
Brian Donohoe, Volunteer Coordinator
Wayne Dixon, Photographer, Wayne Dixon Photography

Karaoke: Music Makes Me Want To Sing


“Music Makes Me Want To Sing”

Saturday, July 26
6 pm – 11 pm
The Bellesfield Estate
133 Trotters Drive
Phoenixville, PA 19460

– Are You Looking to Socialize, Connect, Have Fun, and Watch People Sing Karaoke?

– Would you like to add some selections to your Musical Collection and Exchange your CD’s for some New Tunes?

Join Us On Saturday, July 26 for a Mid-Summer Social Evening of Music and Karaoke coordinated by a Local Karaoke Professional. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to support Karen’s Long-Term Lyme IV Treatment Costs, which are not covered by insurance.

Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door, which includes Food, Beverages, and Live Entertainment. Purchase Tickets In Advance via the DONATE ICON Button below & Type KARAOKE in the Subject (Purpose) Box.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to support Karen’s Long-Term Lyme IV Treatment Costs.

Food – Hors d’oeuvres, Finger Sandwiches, Snacks, & Desserts

Beverages – Adult Beverages, Soft Drinks, Ice Tea

Music Exchange – Participate in the Music Store, one night only, to Exchange your new or pre-owned musical recordings (Compact Disc – CD’s) for pre-owned or new musical recordings.

Bring CD’s, Take Home CD’s. Bring CD’s from artists like Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Rush, U2, Maroon 5, New Order, REM, Bastille, Coldplay, Casting Crowns, Third Day, etc.

Bring as many CD’s as you would like. Only Original CD’s will be accepted for the exchange. No Copied CD’s can be accepted. Also, all CD’s should have a Jewel Case (Plastic Case) and be in good working condition.

There will also be an opportunity to take home CD’s for a nominal donation per CD. It will be a fun time! Come join us!

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