This Saturday, Stacy Hallett for the first time will don the apparel of a local clothing store and take the stage with other moms in a fashion show, as part of the MomDay festivities at Todos Santos Plaza.
There are no qualms or butterflies. After all, she's doing this for her daughter.
"The fact of what Abby had done for me, I'd do whatever is crazy, brave, funny, embarrassing, scary; I'd do it for her," she says without pause.
The Concord resident is referring to her daughter's winning essay submitted for the event's annual Mother's Day contest.
In prose fashion, the fifth-grader at Highlands Elementary School wrote of how Hallett chauffeurs her to her myriad activities and plays catch with her "rain or shine."
"She always tells us her supply of hugs and kisses are unlimited," 10-year-old Abby wrote. "My mother is always there for me, which automatically makes her the best mom in the world."
Abby's teacher, Annette Stevenson, is helping out with this year's fashion show. She has participated in the essay contest for the past 16 years, each time instructing entrants to "make sure they do a rough draft ... and I tell them to write from their heart."
Stevenson has her students write often, and in Abby's daily journal, she wrote: "I really want my mom to see how much I love her."
Hallet and her daughter will join other area families at the Concord's popular downtown square, enjoying an art and wine walk put on by the Concord chapter of AAUW, and the All Area Music Festival, including performances by youth in local elementary, middle and high schools, whose tutelage has been enhanced by the Mt. Diablo Musical Education Foundation.
The fundraising foundation was created in response to the cuts that had hit school music programs in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, and to seek out donations to support music education.
"It's very varied in terms of what we give," says Joan Miller, referring to funds they've raised for grants for transportation to concert events or a recent request for a guitar class at College Park High School. "(This event) showcases what kids have learned."
Miller noted the nonprofit has issued an estimated $63,000 in grants since 2011.
Another winner in the Mother's Day essay contest, Jameson Scott, 10, mentioned his mom's impressive wardrobe of copious clothes and "150 pair of shoes."
His 100-word winning essay expressed gratitude for her ability to "fix problems" and always making things better, while Abigail Hartlove, 8, affirmed her mom's talents for cooking, reading and hide-and-seek.
"Her snuggles are warm and cuddly," Abigail wrote. "When my mom tucks me in, she does it in the best way in the world."