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Thanks to everyone who came out on a very rainy Sunday to help support the Mill River Odyssey of the Mind Team during our Silent Auction and Dessert Party. It was exhausting to prepare for it and yesterday was set up and dessert baking, today was more dessert baking and running the event. Together, the entire team and their families put in countless ( and I do mean countless) hours of time, energy and effort into putting together what we were counting on to be our largest fundraiser.
While people trickled in and out during the two hour event, we weren’t feeling very optimistic. There weren’t a lot of people, and there didn’t seem to be a lot of bidding, despite the really great items we were able to secure (Disney Park Hopper passes, Aerogarden, Keurig Coffee Makers, etc.)
If anyone out there is interested, we have a pair of ski passes to Wachusett Mountain and Saddleback Mountain that remained unbid upon. The Odyssey Team would love to see them go to a good home in exchange for some support for the team (in the way of good old fashioned cash).
When it was all said and done, and we were exhausted, it seemed to all work itself out. Magically, somehow, we wound up making enough money to cover the majority of the team’s expenses and that makes up for all the hard, hard work everyone put in.
Good job ladies (and gentlemen). Did we decide on when we’re doing that night out celebrating?
Just got in from our Odyssey Silent Auction. Surprisingly, when we actually put the little bit of this and the little bit of that that we all acquired, we magically had a room full of some really, really great stuff. We had everything you could imagine (gift certificates and gift baskets) to things you wouldn’t even imagine (a whirlpool tub and toilets). We had tables of desserts that put pounds on your hips just from looking at them. We had a stageful of raffle items that made a whole lot of kids smile and jump in excitement when their name was called as the winner of some new treasure.
We don’t yet have the bottom line calculated or the prizes all distributed and the monies collected, but I’d vote the evening a success.
Looking around the room tonight, I realized when prompted by Tom to bid on the things that I wanted, that I really didn’t need anything that was there (okay, except for the pizza stone). It would have been nice to win tickets to something or a gift certificate here or there or a birdhouse – but not necessary. I think the feeling was akin to cooking the entire Thanksgiving dinner – you are around the food for days – planning it, buying it, cooking it all day – smelling it cooking, preparing it and by the time it is actually time to eat it – you are just not all that interested in the food anymore.
In thinking about it though, I have to say that I think it is more that I have a lot of the things that I need and are important to me right in my house at this very moment – and most of them cannot be measured in dollars or cents. For that realization, I am grateful.
Happy MayDay everyone….
Things have been crazy. In addition to work and the other mom-erly duties the Odyssey parents have been working on the final leg of our fundraising. We are having a MayDay Dessert Party and Silent Auction at WES this Saturday. The previous weeks have been canvassing for donations of items to auction and now, it is a matter of cataloging them, making signs and advertising. Baking will come later in the week. If you live in the area and don’t have any other way of celebrating MayDay, you should come and check out all our hard, hard work. I must admit, that it came in drips and drabs, but the collection is pretty cool – there are Lake Champlain cruise tickets, wine and cheese baskets, theater tickets, attraction tickets and lots of really cool potential Mother’s Day gifts in the mix. All the proceeds will go to help the Odyssey kids get to Michigan at the end of May. If nothing else, the list of desserts we are preparing is pretty darn impressive and should be quite tasty!