Tuesday, September 29, 2009

CF Gala

This past Saturday night was the First Annual CF Gala held at the Holiday Inn City Center. I had the honor of being their event manager and creative designer for the event. My dear friend Melinda Iund approached me over a year ago to help, and I jumped on board. I got several of my vendor friends to donate items in order to make sure this event was perfect for Melinda and the CF Foundation. Heaven on Earth donated centerpieces, I Do Events donated runners, chair covers & sashes, That's a Cake donated her yummy cake for dessert, and Sound & Light Creations donated their DJing services for the evening.

It was such an amazing experience and every volunteer worked so hard and did an amazing job, and I have to say that the silent auction was phenomenal!! And I even won one of the items..A Marigold cap that I adore!!!!

It was a "feel good" evening for sure and then to top it all off, I receive this amazing email that I had to share......................

To the BOL Committee and Volunteers-
To you all, I cannot thank you enough for lending us your time and talent for the last year or so, and for the volunteers that came to help us at the event. You all contributed to this event, and I am truly grateful that as a result of all of the hard work, that we were able to raise $35,000 for Cystic Fibrosis and Care. This event would not have been the success it was, had it not been for Melinda Iund and her determination to get this event off of the ground. I am thankful to her for so much, but specifically today, for introducing me to the best team of volunteers ever! Each of you played a special role to her and I and to the Foundation. Jacqui ,Shawn and Melissa- simply put, your organization and execution of the auction was priceless. It was a beautiful display, perfect record keeping, and wonderful redemption. The silent auction raised $4631 and the live auction raised $3700. That amount is spectacular and would not have happened without all of your hard work. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. To Lisa Ragan, I cannot tell you how much your donation of time and talent meant to this event...you are truly amazing at what you do and there will not be a day that goes by that I dont recommend you to someone. You are brilliant, and you made the Breath of Life Gala come alive Saturday night...so thank you so much for that! To all of the committee members who by attending the event, helping with invitations, securing donations, donating items, recruiting tables, selling tickets, spreading the word...Thank you..you have helped to create a stepping stone for the future Breath of Life event and raise $35,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Research and Care. Melinda, thank you for all you have done..you were the perfect person to lift this off the ground and now we have a great basis for the future!
Now, .....I hope everyone has recovered from a long night, and I will be in touch as I wrap up this 2009 event and start the planning for 2010!
My sincere Thanks,

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