Sunday, May 15, 2011

All for Dariya - OH MY WOW!!!!!

Words can't even describe the fabulous day we had yesterday and how God blessed us.  The golf tournament and dinner/silent auction were a BLAST!  I hope everyone had as good a time as our family had.  I only slept a couple hours last night because I was in shock, awe and humbled by the outpouring of love that was poured on our family last night.

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....

 $7,006!!!!!!!!!!!  
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!


13 comments:

one_plustwins said...

AMEN!!!!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you, Rochelle!!!

Renee said...

Only God! I love you, my sweet friend. I am so, so very happy for you, for Dariya!!

Love wins,
Renee Tam

Ashley said...

$7,006...I LOVE it!!! $6 extra :) God is soooo good!!!

stephanie said...

The post I've been waiting for! TEARS OF JOY!!
Love you Guys!!!!

Elisabeth said...

Amazing! God has been so kind to provide for all of your needs! Now go get Dariya and bring her home. :-)

Dana said...

God Bless as you prepare to bring Dariya home! I found you on RR. I just signed up to follow your blog. Our family lives in De Soto. If you would not mind sending me an email, I'd love to ask you a few questions regarding your international adoption journey.
dana.a.hinds@gmail.com
Thank you,
Dana

RK said...

God is SO good!! I'm thrilled it was such a great event and can't wait to see Miss Dariya home with you all and getting to meet all the people who helped her get there!

Patti said...

SO AMAZED!!! Wish we could have been there!!

The Annessa Family said...

Wow! God is amazing! How blessed to have your funds!!! Now...tell us your secrets!

Brooke Annessa
www.theannessafamily.blogspot.com

EN said...

Congratulations on your incredibly successful fundraiser! What a lucky little girl Dariya is to have such a loving family and community working so hard to bring her home!

Sara Bell said...

That is awesome Mrs. Cannon!!! God has used you in so many ways! You are such an inspiration to me!!! I can't wait to see pictures of Dariya! Is her middle name going to be Lola? God Bless you and your family!!!

patsy said...

GOD is so good!!! so happy that you raised just what you needed and can't wait to read about you bringing that baby girl home :)

Katie Morris said...

Rochelle!!! OH MY GOSH! This is amazing. God really does provide exactly what is needed. Wow. I am blown away. What a testament to His faithfulness and a huge answer to prayers. Now, you just need to go get her!!!