Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Sunset in the Country

Finally I am going to blog about my big summer event. Can you believe it? Most of you are probably thinking; Sunset what?? Here is what Anchor Center posted on their website about the event:

By all accounts, this year’s Sunset in the Country Dinner and Auction, held on July 31, was the best ever. A record 600 guests and 54 table hosts partied under the big tent, sublimely decorated in shades of blue, yellow and green.

Our hosts James and Pam Crowe treated their guests to a table decorated with a Dr. Seuss theme. Obsk from the Mountain of Tobsk (a character from If I Ran the Zoo), was the centerpiece, as tall as the tent itself and a landmark for all to see. The table was bright with childlike greens, blues, yellows and pinks. A Dr. Seuss book in Braille was at each place setting. After the event, Pam generously donated these books to the children at Anchor Center.

Sunset 2009 was memorable in other ways: For the first time ever, Sunset was held on a Friday night and featured a Junior Patron ticket level for young professionals. A record number of parents of children enrolled at Anchor Center participated as hosts or guests. The parents of preschoolers Haley, Ava and Abby hosted 30 guests at three tables, which were decorated with a “Pretty in Pink” theme in honor of the little girls.

In addition, it was the first time a dad was the guest speaker. Rob Lindley told his family’s story of bringing home a medically fragile and visually impaired newborn who struggled through the first few years, but with the help of Anchor Center teachers, is now a thriving six-year-old. Rob called his son Aidan his hero.

Best of all, more than $130,000 was raised for the children’s programs at Anchor Center. Thanks to Mary Rogers, Joan Dixon and Denise Murray for chairing the event with energy and enthusiasm, and the many committee members, volunteers and other VIPs who made this year’s Sunset possible. Our special thanks to the Crowes, Dinah Sink and Deb Ribis, true friends all to the children at Anchor Center.

To thank Jim and Pam Crowe for hosting four Sunset events since 2004, Anchor Center is naming a classroom at our new teaching facility after the Crowe family. The inscription, to be engraved on a granite threshold at the entrance to the classroom, was inspired by Pam Crowe’s table d├ęcor this year. It will read: Oh, the Places You'll Go! The Crowe Family.

Beautiful doesn't describe it or the folks willing to donate THOUSANDS of dollars to make my families life a bit richer. The starting bid at the live auction was a nice lady who "just wanted to donate $15,000, not buy anything". For as much money as half the room possessed no one felt like they were to poor to hang or too rich to mingle.

Rob's speech was incredible and inspired a room full of tears. Justin and mom were sitting closest to me and even they were victims of the amazing energy that came over the tent. After the auction I was trying to explain to Rob how impressed I was that he could capture Aidan's journey so eloquently in a few short pages and he said, "Amanda, it is OUR story, none of us have taken this journey alone." Rob, you will be a tough act to follow!

In short I had a fabulous time hosting and plan to again next year. My co-hosts Roberta, Franco and I sure know how to party it up in pink. What better way to give back than getting involved with an evening like that? Currently taking table inquiries for 2010, I only have room for 12!

1 comment:

Krista :) said...

I love all the tables!! It looks like it was fun. One of these years, it's gonna be you up there givin' the speech!