The charity dinner on Thursday night 10/11/12 was a great success, we brought in approximately 110-130 people and raised a ton of money!
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There was a huge surprise for everyone even me! Emily Hime and I had planned a Skype interview and she had message me that she would be running a bit late because she had to feed the kids and had run into traffic. I made an announcement that we would be doing the Skype session and that we were a bit delayed… Elvis, Julia Monk’s dad made an announcement following me that she was “delayed by a plane and here she is!” the door opened and in walked Emily (apparently this had been planned for weeks!). The sheer shock I was in was unreal along with the crowds; well actually I don’t know completely how the crowd reacted because I was in shock Emily had flown in from Haiti to surprise everyone. Emily’s mom rushed up the front in tears of joy getting to see Em. I’m not going to lie I was tearing up myself, it was completely unexpected.
The night continued on with amazing music from Elvis and his band as well a lot of happy people winning raffles, we had over 25 raffle items it was great. After Elvis we pulled the 50/50 and the surprises continued, the money that was won went straight to Emily yay!
There wasn’t a lot of speeches now that I think of it but I said a few words as well shared some words that Sarah Griffith wished to be passed on to everyone. Emily came up and gave a bit of an update as well which really fulfilled the night.
Two of Rocketships members Bev and Taylor played acoustic and it was amazing! They were giving out their demo’s and people were eating them up… the future looks bright for them; keep it up guys!
The night continued to be great the guests were having a great time and really enjoyed the music. Emerald Seas played pretty late which koodo’s to them for helping out and sounding fantastic they were great to talk to and work with.
All together Julia and I were very pleased with the night and had a blast setting it up despite the stress when we got there and we were 8 tables short and we still had to add an extra. Another stress incident we ran into was we were waiting for a projector that didn’t seem to be coming but that finally came through at the last-minute… well the last 45 minutes still made us a little crazy. There’s so many people to thank but the one person I really want to mention is Julia Monk she’s done so much from doing an 8 Hour painting, filming everything possible and just being there as a friend she deserves a lot of credit. Oh yeah and put together the centre pieces I didn’t explain to her before I took off to take care of some other things all while people showed up 45 minutes early SORRY! Another person I want to thank is my mom because of course she helps when I ask and even when I don’t and she’s been pretty supportive despite how crazy it sounds to throw together a charity dinner in… 2 months thanks mom. There are so many more people you know who you are whether you had a major or minor role every little bit helped so THANKS!
So far I’ve raised since the month of May approx $3700. That is not factoring in what I have to pay for the event and the consignment fee’s for the Silent auctions. After a rough calculation we are looking at around $1700 profit and there is still some money to be counted from donation containers!
Future plans to raise money are still up in the air possibly a band night at a venue downtown Windsor. I still want to raise another $800 so fingers crossed; the more money I raise the more I can assist Emily and the Kids at Maison Ke Kontan.
To Donate there’s a donation button on the left sidebar of my blog, as well you can visit www.HimeforHelp.org and there’s a donation button at the top.
Thanks for all the donations to date if you’d like to sponsor a child which is really needed, sending the kids to school is very costly. You can sponsor a kid for only $30 a month depending on the month that’s less than a dollar a day!
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