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Wegmans in Chestnut Hill donated a $100 gift card and I was able to get all of the sandwiches and veggie tray there. The Whole Foods in Brighton donated a $100 gift card and I was able to get the macaroni salad, potato salad, cole slaw and fruit salad. Big Y in Franklin donated a $25 gift card and my mom picked up the chips, pretzels and pickles. My mom also made deviled eggs (not pictured) and I made chocolate chip cookies and brownies for dessert. My aunt made Irish Whiskey cake for dessert too because you can't have a whiskey tasting without a whiskey dessert!
Everyone gave two thumbs up for all of the food. Everything was delicious and the majority of the food was gone by the end of the event. Food can get very expensive when hosting fundraisers so when you can get the majority of it donated it makes a BIG difference. I'm so thankful to these stores who donated so I could keep the costs down for this event.
1. Tyrconnel single malt (Irish)
2. Jefferson's Single Barrel Very small batch (Bourbon) (made exclusively for NH liquor stores)
3. Powers Signature (green box) Single Pot Still (Irish)
4. Auchentoshan single malt (Scotch)
5. Green Spot single pot still (Irish)
6. Teeling's Single grain (Irish) (currently only available in Ireland)
IWS, led the tasting and provided great information and history about whiskey. He also had a quiz just for fun to see who knew the most about whiskey. Rich did a great job leading the tasting despite a lot of chatty tasters. Everyone was having fun and may not have been listening as well as they should have. Drinking whiskey = chatty tasters! Photos of most of them below. See for yourself. . . they all look innocent but believe me they were drinking, talking, laughing and enjoying the USA World Cup game. . . all while raising money for MS. . . win, win!
Luckily we still had raffle prizes to look forward to and I was able to make several people happy by choosing them as winners of these GREAT prizes!
Bright Cellars donated 3 bottles of wine and I donated this 8 pack of Guinness with a custom pint glass that had "Proud Sponsor of The Bean Team" on it.
Thank you Cathy for donating this basket. There were a lot of raffle tickets in that bag so definitely a big hit!
Sound Bites in Somerville donated a gift card, mug and shirt, Scrubadub donated car washes and Tavern In The Square donated a $50 gift card. I had received the Patriots' museum tickets and massage gift card somewhere along the way and finally included them in a raffle at this event!
My Grandma's of New England donated enough coffee cake for two winners to each take home three delicious cakes!
Sam Adams has donated to me a couple of times now and they are always so generous. They donated 3 cases of beer and my uncle was the lucky winner of this prize. He went home happy!
Keurig was probably the most popular item of the night. The bag was filled with the most raffle tickets and the winner was very happy to be taking this home. Thank you to Keurig for donating 4 of these to me to use at our events! They have really helped us to sell more raffle tickets so I'm so appreciative of this donation.
IWS. Without them this event would not have been possible. Not only did they donate ALL of the whiskey but they came up with the theme and provided all of the other supplies needed. Of course they also led the tasting and taught everyone there something new about whiskey!
This event was so much fun! I never expected to have such a good time at a whiskey tasting since I don't even like whiskey. But you get good people together for a good cause and a great time is sure to be had. Everyone there was so generous and bought a lot of raffle tickets including the bar tenders and some of the locals who were hanging out on the other side of the pub!
I know you are all wondering how much we raised right?!?!?!? Well I won't keep you in suspense any longer. We far exceeded my expectations and raised. . .
Can you believe it? Amazing right!? This was after expenses and as I mentioned above our expenses for this event were very low since most everything was donated. I only had to buy the paper products and balloons and even Party City gave me a 20% discount.
I'm also happy to share that both the Irish Whiskey Society and the Lower Mills Pub are official Bean Team "Faith" sponsors and their logos will be on our shirts one day of the MS Challenge Walk! If your business is interested in being a sponsor please contact me for more details.
I have a confession to make. . . I'm both extremely tired of organizing/planning fundraisers and strangely addicted to organizing/planning them all at the same time. Is that even possible? I feel like fundraising is a full time job and the majority of my free time has been devoted to fundraising for months. I'm ready for a rest but I also love the thrill of seeing that final amount and knowing all of the hard work paid off. It is amazing how much you can raise when a group of committed, generous people come together. Thank you again to all of the businesses who donated and to all of the friends and family who attended. That amount above would not be possible without you!
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