Whatever. I had no idea when I planned June 30 as the evening for my Livestrong Challenge Fundraiser in the beautiful backyard of Layla Jones that we would be in the middle of the Apocalypse with the Biblical rain and whatnot. Still, my Brooklyn people are a magnificent species of fundraise-ees and we triumphed! Despite the umbrellas over the tables that apparently were of a decorative more than utilitarian variety, most people had some pretty soaking wet clothes and hair but here’s the thing: everyone was smiling. The spirit of the night could not be rained out, and that made everything feel right as rain. So to speak.
The Pistols + Popcorn team raised $5,000 all for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. I had some amazing prizes to give out – and as it turns out some of the distribution of some of the prizes turned out to be pretty damn cool. Here’s a run down:
Tickets to the Red Carpet Premier of “Shutter Island” were awarded to Michelle Weber. Michelle is the beauty brains and brawn behind Thursday Night Smackdown. She plugged the hell out this event in her own writings, and donated plenty of her own money. I’m so happy to have this lady and her super-cool husband on the carpet. I will be buying every copy of US Weekly, IN Touch, and People that they appear in, and hope to be a regular in their eventual and inevitable reality series.
Appaman Clothing Set went to Beth Hulme. Who the? Well, that’s Anson’s sister and I did not put the fix in but you know….his family has to love me just a little more for bringing awards and riches into their realm, no?
Speaking of Appaman, the Segway Tour of the Hudson Valley went to Lynn and Harald, the people behind Appaman. I cannot think of any two people I would rather spend an afternoon with, our helmets on, me occasionally breaking the rules by reaching over the handlebars and touching hands with Lynn. What? My life is lived in slow motion with soft focus filters and Air Supply playing in the background. Why do you think I’m pregnant again?
And who better to win the Colbert Report tickets than a local church, CCfB? The beautiful thing here is that I’d guess each member of the congregation is an avid fan of the show. This speaks to why this church is so cool that they would even be aware of the badness that is Pistols + Popcorn. Yeh. If any of the members are wondering….Casey assures me that she’s willing to donate her time to go to the show. She’s a giver!
Speaking of CCfB – another friend from there won the tickets to the All Points West show. It’s a little suspicious because truthfully I was totally indebted to her anyway because she created the flyers for this event in no time and for no money, with a song in her heart and birds chirping in her ears. But again, read my lips, I did not fix any of these contests. Yay Sarah!! (By the way do yourself a favor and check out her site – she’s a gifted graphic designer and unfairly talented in the creativity department. You’re welcome everyone.)
Finally – the hand painted portrait by Lori Nelson. Let me preface this with part of a comment left not too long ago by my old High School friend, LeLaLu (or Lauren, as we call her) directed towards my sister:
BTW, your art is truly, hauntingly beautiful. Some day when I have $ to burn, I’ll commission you to paint my sweet firstborn boy.
Lauren’s sweet firstborn boy is named Acanaan. I cannot tell their story because I don’t own those words. I can say that the words would tell the story of a young mother who loves her son the way we mothers love our boys. The words would then describe the profound loss she experienced when she lost Acanaan, at age twelve, to Leukemia. I can’t even imagine those words, to tell that story. But it is a hugely important story. Still, it’s only part of her ongoing story which continues with her two other sons and loving man.
I read Lauren’s comment and had to put a donation in her name, for the portrait, hoping that somehow things would align. They did, and when Roan pulled her name out of the soaking wet paper bag, I was glad for the rain so I could turn my face away and back to my friends with tears and no questions. Lori was equally happy.
There were more winners –
Painted Pot Birthday Party went to Jackson
Painted Pot Pottery Classes went to Antoinette, as did the Big Movies for Little Kids Season Passes (though she feels guilty for winning twice)
Boone who I will be taking with me to Vegas next time I’m feeling like gambling won:
“Kitchen Play Dates” by Lauren Bank Deen
A Haircut by Lola Newsom at Hello Beautiful
One Year Unlimited Pass at Area Yoga
Lauren won a $75 Gift Certificate from Catbird
Abigail won a sassy Leather Bag from Exit 9
$50 Gift Certificate from Exit 9 went to Sachin (who shared it with Roan. Sachin = awesome)
Roan’s cast signing project was a huge success – he was overwhelmed with signers, and I’m posting the picture which came from furthest away, from Ingrid, via her proxy, my neice Emmie. Thanks Ingrid.
I just wish I had better words than “Thank You” to all the people who donated their money and all the people who donated prizes. But that’s what I have, and so that’s what you all get. Thank you, from my whole heart, for giving me the ways and means to feel like we CAN do something to fight this violent disease. It means the whole world to me. Thank you.