I have the best family and so thankful that so many of them were able to make it to the event. Thanks to my brother Allan for donating some great silent auction items, to my aunt Cathy for bidding on lots of restaurant gift certificates (hope you take me to one), and extra special thanks to my mom for making the amazing photo boards which I know took hours and for everything else you did to help me get ready for the event- really couldn't have done it w/o you. Love you all!
*high school friends*
Kendall, Jill, Julie, Tommy and Jenn
What can I say about this crew? Kendall a best friend since 7th grade and Jill since 6th. . . I was a bridesmaid in both of their weddings and have seen them have 5 kids in total. Love that we've been through so much together - good and bad - and are better friends for it. Thanks for being there for me. Tom and Julie thanks for supporting me and fighting for a cure for MS. And Jenn, my sister-in-law, my friend, my auto immune disease partner, brought together by marriage but I know it was for a reason. Thanks for your endless support. Words cannot express.*maav friends*
Rebecca, Executive Director of MAAV and Anna, fellow board member have only know me about a year but are generous and supportive people who give so much to the Melrose community through their efforts with MAAV. So thankful for people like you who give so much to so many. Thanks for supporting me too!
Anna and Sherry, I've babysat Sammy and Jake since they were infants and they are in 1st grade now. I love those 2 kids (despite the occasional temper tantrum) and happy I can call Anna and Sherry friends. They are very supportive and have helped me pay the bills for several years now! ;) Thanks Anna and Sherry for your support, for going out so often so that I can babysit and for helping w/ donations for the silent auction last year and this year.
*first real job friends*
Cara and Judi (on left in each picture) worked with me at Riverside which was my first "real" job out of college and what led me to becoming a social worker. Sousxie (right) is Judi's sister and also a former client (along w/ her husband) from my job at the adoptive agency. So happy I could help them become parents to Luca! Thankful that I've had the chance to work with all three of these amazing ladies and that they continue to support me today.
*grad school friend*
Marybeth made the drive from CT w/ her husband to come to my event. I am so happy she was able to come b/c we don't get to see each other often enough. So thankful for my social worker friends and love that we've remained friends since our busy grad school days at Boston College.
Yes I said it. . . scrapbooking friends! Ha! Kandi and Jenny are "crafty" just like me and we've had a lot of fun over the years. Even though scrapbooking has been on hold for a while I know someday we will scrap again. So glad they are friends outside of scrapbooking and made it to my event.
*first work friend now real life friend*
Joana is one of my closest friends and I really don't know how I would have made it through many days at work w/o her. It was no secret that I was pretty sad when she didn't come back to work after having Carter but thankfully we remained wonderful friends and are even closer today. Joana thanks for your endless support and being my "second address."
*talking, bidding, drinking*
Did you guess right? I raised $1,471 in one night! Awesome!! Thanks to everyone who came to the event. I'd say it was a great success and a lot of fun. Already looking forward to next year. . . maybe!