On Thursday, May 16th, I could see the end of the campaign. It was within sight! This was a reason to celebrate all that had occured over the previous 9 weeks and 5 days. Of course any old excuse was good enough to meet at Mango Caribbean in Palo Alto, but this was a really, really good reason!
After many email and snail mail letters, a half dozen fundraising events, soliciting and securing donations for drawings and auctions, raising awareness at several locations around the bay area, and all of the preparation required from many people to make all of these things happen I was ready to celebrate - no matter whether I became Woman of the Year for the Silicon Valley chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or not! And celebrate we did!
Cathy came with tennis buddy Laureen
Steve, Cathy and
Catherine (my mom) handling the ticket sales
Joann and Rola
There's Mango Caribbean's Owner Winston Wint, me, Debby and Tom
Some of the appetizers provided by Siam Orchid,
which is located across the street from Mango Caribbean
Bev and Olga left the tennis racquets behind,
but brought their husbands, Nick and Dick
We had several drawings that evening.
My campaign's Public Relations Chair, Angela Ausman, and Jenn LeBlanc of Think Results Marketing. (thinkresultsmarketing.com) Jenn's donation to the drawing was two hours of business/personal coaching. The other item in this basket was two hours of organizing provided by Joann McCreary (www.joanmccreary.weebly.com)
Some of the winners and their baskets:
Mike and his One Hope Wine basket
My cousin's friend, Roz, with the kid's basket
Dawn Billman, with our "coffee break" package,
which included cookies and a gift card to Philz Coffee!
Dawn was kind enough to speak about her experience as a mother of a child who is a leukemia survivor. (see my May 10th blog entry, "School, Church, Yoga and Neighbors.") Thanks for helping to raise awareness about needing a cure!
Sara ready to get organized!
We continued to have fun throughout the evening......
Jessica and Catherine
(Jessica represented the office of Dr. Aaron Vanderhoff, one of the evening's sponsors. (www.drvanderhoof.com)
By the way, this event would not have been as successful if Dr. Aaron had not provided the Siam Orchid appetizers. Campaign Countdown for a Cure! was truly a downtown Palo Alto collaboration, as Dr. Aaron, Siam Orchid and Mango Caribbean are all within a 2 minute walk of each other.
Service dog in training, Tate, brought along David and Bette
The Lambs (winner of the restaurant package drawing: Arya Global Cuisine (Redwood City), Palo Alto Grill (Palo Alto) and Paragon (San Francisco)
(aryarestaurant.com/redwood_city, www.paloaltogrill.com, paragonrestaurant.com/home.sanfrancisco)
Jenn and David
Diana, me and my mom
(Diana is my mom's favorite niece.
Sorry, Tammy, Paula, Carolyn, Jacqui and Mary Ann.)