We say a heartfelt thanks to Kelly Heaton, Heather England, Bruce Rist and Ann Klockau for their leadership on planning and organizing this awesome event over the past few months. They were like a well oiled machine and ran the day with absolute precision! Chris and Emily get the prize for staying out in the cold and keeping our golfers on time and involved in the on course competitions.
We had so many volunteers working, praying, donating, serving, playing, cleaning, running sound/lights, taking photos that I can't begin to name them all or I would surely leave someone out (especially the sweet ladies that I didn't even know from another church in the city serving the pasta dinner, hands and feet of Christ right there). I am humbled.
The golf tournament started at noon. We had 9 teams of 36 players. It was a cool day but the rain held off and it was really fun to watch everyone play. The scores were amazing! These people weren't kidding. Thanks to Phil and Sally for donating the golf prizes. Unfortunately, nobody got a hole in one so we couldn't award the $25,000 cash prize but plenty of fun was had anyway.
Jason, Aidan and I left the golf tournament at 2:45 to get to the church to set up for the dinner and silent auction. Everyone was primed and ready, had their positions and did their jobs. Amazing teamwork, amazing evening.
The auction opened at 5pm with dinner at 6pm we had 120+ folks attend the evening. Jon Hobbs took photos on the golf course and ran a video of it during the auction so everyone could see that part of the day. Several musicians volunteered their time for the evening to play background music while people shopped, ate and celebrated our Dariya.
RJ Jubber was our emcee for the evening and did a fantastic job of keeping us on schedule, focusing everyone one in our mission for adoption and helping others, keeping the auction rolling and making the evening a fun night. During dinner RJ showed the Reece's Rainbow ministry video and interviewed Jason and I a little about adoption, costs, Reece's Rainbow etc.
After dinner the auction wrapped up around 7:30 and the team worked like little mice clearing, cleaning, checking people out, making sure all was done and accounted for.
Now what you have really been waiting for....the outcome.
As of yesterday we were $7,000 from being fully funded. After counting all the profits from the golf tournament and dinner and silent auction we made....
We thank God for the sweet blessings that he continues to provide us. Thank you to everyone who has helped us along this journey, every prayer, every volunteer, every business or individual who donated we are deeply grateful and now as our journey is just beginning with our soon travels to meet and bring Dariya home it is our prayer that we can pay it forward to other families who are following God's call to adopt.
Here are a few pictures from the evening, I will have the golf ones up soon.
|Thanks to Courtney for taking pics while RJ interviewed us!|
|With 50+ auction items there was lots of shopping and bidding wars!|
|Alayna happily greeting her buddies, LC & Jace|
|These two sweeties shopped with their own money and bought items to help us bring Dariya home.|
|Daddy and Alayna enjoy the music during the auction|
|Hannah and friends win the cupcake wars, they decorated cupcakes and the dessert table for the night!|