Plan a huge benefit gala for charity. Sounds simple enough.
I was a meeting and event planner for fifteen years before ditching the career in favor of the glamour and glory of stay at home mom-ness. So I kind of assumed that putting together a benefit for our local Dress For Success affiliate would be easy. Just get some folks to donate some cool stuff for a silent auction, sell a couple hundred tickets, and find a fancy dress. No big deal.
I talked to my friends over at Triad Moms on Main and they agreed to help organize, promote and sponsor the event. I don't think any of us had any idea exactly how much work it was going to be. We employed the help of Kristen from Four Hens and a Rooster, and a crack team of volunteers and spent the next six months busting our asses.
Last night, the four of us, all the volunteers and 250 of our friends came together at the amazing Millennium Center and partied. Hard.
|We had over 100 silent auction items, generously donated by individuals and local businesses, and executed with perfection by the Charity Chicks.|
|The Millennium Center is a stunning building, full of architectural detail and with an amazing history.|
Let me just say friends, until you watch a 40 year old drunk ass neurosurgeon do Da Butt, you have not lived. I used my drink tickets, The Husband's drink tickets, and a significant amount of cash. At some point, I remember having a conversation with a couple of friends about hemorrhoids and thinking, why the fuck am I talking about hemmies? It was great.
|DJ Miss Eaves started the party.|
|And The Ardmores shut it down. Late.|
At one point, while my husband and I danced, I just about cried from happiness. Happy that it was done, happy that it was successful, happy that so many people came out to support an organization that's making a real difference in the lives of women in our community.
|What a handsome guy I have.|
I am truly thankful to everyone that supported the event, especially Kristen, and Katie and Rachel from Triad Moms on Main.
|Katie, Rachel, Me & Kristen|
I am marking this one off the list, in style.