Thursday, September 23, 2010

What a walk!

Each year, I'm left speechless by the amount of generosity that culminates in one spot. The sponsors who said "yes," the registrants who said "yes," the donors who said "yes,"the bidders who said "yes," the volunteers who said "yes" and the families in our video who said "yes." Affirmation is such a balm for this work. ;)

What a night, eh?! We had so many magical moments that night, answers to prayers, really. So each year, I feel more and more inept at describing how grateful we are that you're supporting The Kyrie Foundation so that we can all support our children.

We are so fortunate to have so many to thank, yet again, like our sponsors: KFDI, Maughan & Maughan Law Offices, Kruse Corporation, Wilkinson Construction, Pratt Industries, Cargill, Western Industries, Pepsi Americas, Rubbermaid, Farmland, Wired-Rite Electric, Art's & Mary's Homestyle Tater Chips, Kirk & Becky Rundle, E-Graf-X, CiCi's Pizza and of course, Bishop Carroll High School. So when I say it's wonderful when people work together, I mean when A LOT of people work together. :)

Thank you Andover Central softball girls and Coach Frakes for face painting, fish ponding and for raising over $2,000 to help save children so that they can grow up to play softball, too!

Thank you Tamera for being our great greeter and to the Weber and Wilkinson families for being our special guests.

Thank you to Tony Brueski for emceeing the entire evening!

Thank you to Bill will Accent Mobile Music for making everybody sound so good!

Thank you to Andi for heading up the races and being the world's best prize giver-outer.

Thank you to Lacy and Leah who helped organize and promote our FANTASTIC silent auction items.

Thank you to Robin, Michelle, Tanna, Wes, Samantha & Ryan who ran registration and then simply ran for whatever we needed!

Thank you M&M Kids for Kyrie, the WINNING FUNDRAISING TEAM!!!!! With over $1,200 in donations!!!!!!! What an inspiration these children are (and their parents!) to the rest of us.

Thank you Phil Ray for being our master photographer! There some great photos on his site for your family's Christmas card this year.

Thank you to the lovely Nina Jerke and Melanie Ryan for such heartfelt and talented vocal performances!

Thank you Susan, Anissa, Skylar, Nate, Craig, Manny, Lisa and Shelby for setting up, tearing down and smiling all the while.

Thank you Susan Jae for being the most beautiful Dorothy inside and out!

Thank you Major Shellie Harmon and the JROTC cadets for the lovely flag raising and for being over-the-moon helpful!

Thank you Amanda for the powerful national anthem and to Ann for being on deck as first aid!

Thank you Derek, Leah, Darcie, Branigan, Andrea, Todd and Becky for all of you incredible concessioning.

Thank you Sheri and Nana Norma for the gorgeous and delicious cookies!

Thank you Jodi and Heritage College for helping everybody r-e-l-a-x, and for staying late to massage me!

Thank you Donna for all of your time and talent put into creating the one-and-only Kyrie Foundation t-shirt quilt. Made of all of our event tees and embroidered with special phrases from The Kyrie Foundation cookbook, this quilt is an absolute treasure.

 Thank you Clearwater Dancers for your hip-happening performances!

Thank you Big Sky Party Rentals for the inflatables!

Thank you to the Twilight Walkers who walked for all the little ones who couldn't that day.

Thank you for watching what's tough to watch.

And thank to everyone, EVERYONE, who turned one Saturday evening into over $17K to save baby brains from cancer.

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