Thursday, May 1, 2014

We Heart Harlie and Friends - just days away!

So much information, so little time.  

I have more lung updates to share.  But, that will not be a great post, so I'm saving that for later.  I also want to share our Spring Break with you.  But, that involves pictures that are not on this computer.  So, I'll save that for later, too.  

Since the We Heart Harlie and Friends event is on SATURDAY, I'll talk about that.  

We have a new, improved website for the foundation thanks to my wonderful niece, Jordan and some of her friends at Virginia Tech.  You can check it out here.  There's still time to register for the 5k and kid's fun run and you can do that here.  And if you don't want to run, you can always come for the raffles.  Here is a list of the raffle items we have so far.  This list is being worked on as we speak, so it's not complete yet.  I think we have a total of over 60 items this year!  Isn't that incredible?  

If you attended the previous years, you might remember how long it took to draw all the winners of the items.  We made a change this year.  You do NOT have to be present to win.  While it is a pain to have to write your name and number on the back of your tickets, it does mean that everyone who wants to participate (even if you have to leave early) can still participate and have a chance to win.  And it means that announcing the winners won't take forever, too, which is a great thing. 

As the moms of the girls that Lynda is helping, we've talked about ways we can thank her.  It's pretty difficult to thank someone who does so much to change your life for the better.  Well, Donna (Alex's mom) found out about our local news channel - NBC12's Acts of Kindness program.  She nominated Lynda and they immediately contacted Donna for more details.  They scheduled a time to come and talk with us moms - with the goal of surprising Lynda with this honor.  Donna told Lynda that she had contacted them and that they wanted to interview us about the event.  That way Lynda was somewhat prepared to be on camera.  We knew if she knew the real reason, she would have none of it.  The week before spring break, we all met at Donna's house before Lynda arrived so we could be interviewed.  Then Lynda showed up to find out the real reason behind it.  Here's the video:

And here's the whole group of us afterwards.  

I have to admit that I was a nervous wreck for days leading up to this taping.  It wasn't nearly as bad as I expected.  But, I also didn't go around telling people to look out for it's airing, either.  It aired on the Tuesday of spring break (April 15th).  We were out of town, so I had to just watch it on line.  I think it came out way better than I thought it would.  Clearly, they've done this before and know what they're doing.  Sabrina Squire and Matt (the cameraman) were super nice and easy to talk to.  I suppose that's a must if you're going to be in journalism, huh?  Anyway, we ended up having a lot of fun and we especially loved shining the spotlight on Lynda for a change.  She's so deserving.  

So, come on out to Deep Run High School on Saturday at 8am.  It will be a lot of fun!  

Thank you to all of the generous people who have donated something for this event.  And thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who work so hard make this happen.  We are so excited to share the love and support of our community with Alex, Eden and Ella and their families!

Hope to see you there!
~Christy xo

1 comment:

Betsy said...

That is so amazing!