The day has finally arrived! All the Board members filtered in and out all morning to help set up at Moon Valley Country Club. I spent most of my time not on setting up the registration desk. That was as easy as plunking down the crates I had spent stuffing the past couple of days. My main task was to set up the projector and laptop for the slideshow. Unfortunately I had to wait around for the projector to arrive, and I was anxious to see if the portable speaker that we use at home would work in the ballroom. That had to wait until later in the afternoon when the DJs arrived.
From there, I headed to work to get in a couple of hours before running home to shower and change. We had the idea to employ some of the Board member’s husbands to sit on the patio (having a beer) and guard the stuff so that we wouldn’t have to set it up, haul it inside, and then set it back up again. I came out to relieve them, but they weren’t all that anxious to leave! The DJ was late, and he ended up just giving me a microphone for the slideshow.
I wasn’t quite as proud of the actual slideshow this year as last, but I was really pleased with how the pictures of the kids came out. I made a collage for each parent who attended the Auction of their child’s individual and team photos. Some of them cried, especially the other Board members. It was really touching. Candida, the Decor Chair, had blown up black and white versions of the team photos and placed them around the room. I think it really helped everyone realize who we were doing this for: the kids!
The evening went off great. Bryan and I bid on a couple of modest items. I loved the class projects the kids did. Maggie’s Shining Stars did towel sets, and there were four sets up for bid, so I figured I could win at least one of them, but alas, no. Carter’s Buzzing Bees class project was one the kids and I had our hearts set on. It was a kid-sized rocking chair with the kids’ thumbprints drawn to look like bees. So cute! Didn’t get that one, either. Bryan did win a couple of bids. One was a costumed character for a kid’s party and the other was dance lessons.
Bryan wanted to check in on Maggie, and he found out that she wasn’t doing too well at Gramma’s house since she’s been sick. He decided he’d leave early and go pick her up on the way home. It worked out okay, because we had come in separate cars. I had to stay late anyway to help clean up. What a fantastic night! I can’t wait to find out how successful it was!