Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Our 1st Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction

Grandma and Grandpa Stoney
We are so thrilled with how our very first fundraising event turned out. We had so much support from family, friends, and others who gave of their time to help us out that evening. There was an amazing dinner, an educational documentary, a speaker, and lots of fun auction items to bid on.

Joseph and Shandie Andrews

Grandma and Grandpa Hillesheim

Dr. Ashely Warnock

Wendy Burkman, Angie Larsen ABC 4, Diana Reed, Natalie Walden
We were privileged to have Dr. Ashley Warnock, a geneticist up a Primary's to speak to us. She did a wonderful job helping the guests to better understand Mitochondrial Disease. We'd also like to thank Angie Larsen of ABC 4 who emceed for the evening. She was simply fabulous! Pictures from the event turned out awesome thanks to Chad Braithwaite of Faces Photography, and our spectacular documentary was a hit thanks to the many talents of George Evangilista. We'd also like to thank Wes Miles of Miles Studios for being such a fabulous DJ for the night. Thanks so much to Rob McDonald who did more than he ever needed, and to all the rest of our family and friends that helped us in some way to pull this off! There were so many people who helped even in small ways. Every little bit helps and makes a difference.

We raised more money than we'd originally thought and are so excited to be able help families with their medical bills and also to give to research. The generosity shown at this event and during all the prep leading up to it was so overwhelming. We were humbled at the amount of people wanting to help and give of their time or talents in some way. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts....

That Saturday night almost 3 weeks ago is one we will never soon forget. Many people's hearts were touched and as a result it made for a very special evening. May we all continue to spread awareness and education of Mitochondrial Disease and help these sweet kids whose lives are being affected.

 We are already planning our next event! This one will be much less expensive to attend and will be LOTS and LOTS of fun. So stay tuned for details. Hope everybody's having a great September, Fall is just around the corner!!!