Tuesday, April 13, 2010

We scrapped and we meant it!

What a fabulously wonderful time we all had on Saturday, eh? With a 75-seat max, we actually made room to fit over 80 scrappers! And we're so happy we did. The more the merrier, indeed!

We owe Family Church an enormous debt of gratitude. This is the third year in a row that they have allowed us to use their space, which is perfect to hold all of our scrappers and vendors, volunteers. The kitchen is brilliant, and I lost track how many times I heard compliments about the women's bathroom. It's just nice. So nice. They are so nice.

Another nice thing: two young men needing to log a few service hours came to lend their muscle and, boy howdy, did we need it! Thank you Kyle & Forrest for unloading tables, setting up tables, unloading behemoth boxes, helping the ladies unload their scrap supplies and for passing out freebies. AND ... they donated their tips back to The Kyrie Foundation! So relieved that the future of the world is in the hands of good young men like these. ;)

A big thank you to Wendy for being our shutterbug. Why? Because I forgot my camera for the third year in a row. Can you believe that? Luckily, Wendy was everywhere capturing everything. Including the bestowal of our first-ever Goodness Awards to Susan Eckel and Rita Frakes for their Wesley hospital visits, to Christy Freeman for generously volunteering her time and energy as the Kyrie Krop's committee chairperson for the past three years, to Terry Casley, our Bead Queen, for donating her time & talent to create the Kyrie Foundation bracelets and to Stephanie Murrell for singlehandedly, out of the blue, organizing an entire vendor booth fundraiser on her own for us. We are so blessed, so honored to know you all. Thank you for making room in your lives for this mighty cause.

 Lots of hugging and a few happy tears.

Another round of thanks to our brilliant sponsors, without which there would be no goodies in the goodie bags, no freebies, no door prizes and no goodness garage sale. Thank you to K&Company, Fiskars, Purple Cows, Heidi Swapp, Making Memories, Jesse James Bead Company, Autumn Leaves, EK Success, Inkadinkadoo, Tim Holtz and Frozen in Time. AND to our generous vendors Cara with Scrappin' Boot Camp, Scrappy Chicks and that great scrap store they set up, Terry & Linda with Creative Jewelry by TLC, Niki with Uppercase Living, Tarra with Creative Memories, Kathy with Close to My Heart, Natalie with Cuddlebug Baby Gifts, Stephanie with Scentsy and Brittany with Premier Jewelry!

Each year Melissa, Trish and Lacie make sure that no one walks away hungry. Can I get an "amen"?! Thanks to their endless e-mails & phone calls, this year we received donations and discounts from McAlisters Deli (+ their famous sweet tea!), Michael Snell catering, Art's & Mary's Homestyle Tater Chips, Goddard's Pizza Hut and their delish Tuscani pastas and Spear's famous pies! I'm still full!

Earlier that morning, I overheard a few ladies wonder if the massage therapist would be at the krop, hoping she'd be there. Then, after a few hours of heavy-duty scrapbooking, ta-da! Amanda arrived on the scene to relieve crafting cramps and any end-of-the-week tension. Amanda has donated her time and talent for the third year in a row. Lucky to have her generous heart helping the foundation. Honored to call her my sister. 

Around three o'clock, we all munched and raved over Kyrie's great nana Norma's unbelievably amazing snickerdoodles, peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. I think this could be the real reason why we all show up for the krop. ;)

Congrats to our grand prize winner, Laura Knipp! She was so excited when she won that she was shaking for a good five minutes!

So, if you were there, I hope you had a marvelous time and hope that you understand why your goodness is so important. If you missed it, stay tuned for next year!

 (p.s. More photos on our Facebook page!)


LS said...

I'm glad to see bloggs like this one, so full of hope, faith, strength and LOVE!

i'll pray for your little girl, who is actually beautiful!

wish you the best of luck,

from here, Argentina.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

I'm so sorry that I could not attend this year's event. But, I did make a donation through some eBay auctions so I feel a little bit better about it.

Sure would have liked those grab bags, though!

Next year, for sure!!!