Our first fundraiser was so much fun. My friends did an amazing job getting everything organized for the event - from walking store to store to get items for the raffle, to figuring out the food and drinks and then cooking, decorating, selling tickets, making sure everyone had a good time, and cleaning up afterwards. Whew, they did it all! One of my friends even designed a shirt for the event with the help of her son. The shirts turned out so good that we are looking into having some made professionally so they may be available soon.
Amelia had a great time meeting everyone (including Ivy, an african-senegal parrot) and enjoyed her first experience in a bounce house. We had lots of great items in the raffle and silent auction. There were beautiful pieces of artwork including paintings, photographs, jewelry, birdhouses, and a hand painted child's rocking chair to name a few. Thanks to everyone who donated...it really meant a lot to us!
I know I've said it before but it was awesome to see so many people from different areas of our lives come together to support Amelia. Family, friends old and new, coworkers, neighbors, friends of friends, .......... everyone was there. It's hard to explain how good it felt to be surrounded by so many people who care about us. It reaffirms our decision to go for the ABI and I know we will be able to get there with all of your help. The moral support has been overwhelming.
Here are some pictures of the event. I was too busy to take any so thank you to Kristin and my dad for remembering to take some pictures for me.