Tapestry is a day of inspiration, renewal, and education for women in all stages of life. It also raises money for local universities.
Tapestry began in 2002 with the purpose of enriching the lives of women in our area, but also raise money for scholarships.
This year’s keynote speaker is Elizabeth Vargas, an award-winning anchor and correspondent.
“It wasn’t until I graduated from college and began working my very first job in television, in Reno, Nevada, that I learned the powerful seduction of a glass of wine,” Elizabeth said during her keynote speech.
In front of hundreds at Tapestry, she shared her experience of turning to alcohol.
“That glass of wine had a profound effect on my anxiety and my raging insecurity that I wasn’t talented enough, or good enough.”
Seemingly living a perfect life as a network anchor, behind the scenes Vargas struggled with alcoholism and anxiety.
“You look at people and you make a lot of assumptions about what their life must be like, and “Oh, it looks so easy, so it must be so easy.” And the fact of the matter is, that’s not the case.”
Vargas says she always knew she had anxiety, but bottled it up, but washed it down with wine.
“I didn’t seek help, because I thought I was the only one. And there is such a stigma around addiction in this country, which is why it’s become a public health emergency.”
Vargas believes by talking about the lows in her life, she can help educate and inspire women to open up about mental health issues in their own lives.
“The more we can talk about it, and the more people hear people see on television and think life is so easy for her, guess what, it wasn’t. You know, it wasn’t. I would have been a lot better off I had somebody to talk to about it.”
Vargas hopes more people will talk openly about mental illness and substance abuse. She says events like Tapestry are perfect to start breaking down barriers.
If you need help, you can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
Also part of the Tapestry, attendees can shop over 100 vendors, and the other part raises scholarship funds for students at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Over the last 17 years, the event has raised over a million dollars in scholarship funds to over 80 students.