A couple of weeks ago I had my first big fundraiser for the MS Challenge Walk. For those of you who don't know. . . I'll be walking 50 miles for MS in 3 days on Cape Cod. This will be my third year walking. My sister-in-law Jenn, cousin-in-law Meghan, her sister Leigh Ann, and my two blog friends turned in real life friends Kate and Emily will be walking with me. My mom will be on the crew for the fifth year! We each have to raise a minimum of $1,500 or $9,000 as a team but we hope to raise over $10,000! So the fundraising has to begin early and continue through the summer.
Another blog friend turned in real life friend Colleen volunteered to be my photographer for this event. Thanks to her I have a ton of amazing photos and needed to divide this into two posts. Part 1 is all the decorations, food, raffles. . . Part 2 is the people and trivia. . .
Lower Mills Pub which is owned by my cousin's friend. He generously donated the space as well as a "liquor basket" to raffle off! We filled the bar and the space worked great!
MS t-shirt quilt made the perfect backdrop on the stage. I had this made in honor of my 5 year diagnosis anniversary and I was so happy to be able to display it. It got many compliments and I would have to agree. Kristin who made it did an amazing job. She is so talented. (She is now making my dad a sports themed quilt with all of his shirts from over the years).
As you can see the decorations were simple but everything looked great. I tried not to spend too much money on random expenses because the less I spent meant the more the event would make. You'll have to wait until the next post to find out how much I made.
Thank you SO much to everyone who donated. Every little bit helps. This event would not have been possible without all of the generous donations. I am so appreciative of everyone who came too. Y'all are awesome and I'm glad to many people went home with prizes (I had 14 raffle prizes in total ranging in value from about $75 to $250).
Check back from Part 2 to see who was there and hear about which team won trivia!
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